Tag Archives: Underage

Black Kids Suffer More from Prenatal Tobacco Exposure, Study Suggests

Low-level prenatal tobacco exposure was “associated with deficits in both motor and cognitive development, but only for black children,” said Kimberly Yolton, Ph.D., detailing the findings of a study recently presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. …

Mexican Cartels Unfazed by U.S. Prosecutions

U.S. officials had hoped that charging Mexican drug traffickers under tough U.S. drug laws would have a deterrent effect, but so far the cartels don’t seem to be troubled by the loss of some leaders to the U.S. justice system, …

Oakland Program Wants to Become the ’McDonalds of Marijuana’

The CannBe program of Oakland, Calif., and its Harborside Health Center have distanced their medical-marijuana operations from the counterculture and are hoping to be in the vanguard if the trend toward marijuana decriminalization and legalization continues across the U.S., the …

Study Says Kids Who Watch R-Rated Movies More Likely to Drink

Children whose parents allow them to watch R-rated movies are more likely to drink alcohol than their peers, exclusive of any other parenting decisions, according to researchers at Dartmouth Medical School. USA Today reported April 26 that researchers found that …

Tenn. Lawmakers Call for Study of Medical Marijuana

Swayed by lobbying from a man with rhumatoid arthritis, a Tennessee House of Representatives committee voted this week to authorize a study of medical marijuana, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported April 27. The proposal was passed by the House …

One in Three Elderly Drinkers Face High Risk of Harm, Study Finds

One-third of American drinkers over age 60 consume excessive amounts of alcohol, are at risk of dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications, or have illnesses that can be exacerbated by drinking, according to researchers at the David Geffen School of …

Research Uncovers Link Between Substance Use, Frequent Indoor Tanning

New research shows that high levels of substance use among young adults are linked to problematic levels of indoor tanning, perhaps because of a similar addictive process for the two behaviors. …

FDA Staff Concerned About Additive Designed to Combat Pain Drug’s Abuse

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staffers have questioned whether a proposed new drug that would add the B vitamin niacin to oxycodone in order to combat abuse would be effective and safe, Reuters reported April 20. In a summary written …

Rent-a-Drug-Dog Service Offered to Parents

Parents who suspect that their kids are using drugs can now rent a retired drug dog from a Chandler, Ariz., woman to help sniff out evidence, the Phoenix New Times reported April 13. Amy Halm and her dog, Dargo — …

Heart Benefits of Moderate Drinking May Extend to Young Adults, Researchers Say

Moderate alcohol consumption among young adults appears to have similar protective benefits for heart health as those seen in older adults, although it has been difficult to study the effects of moderate drinking on heart disease in younger populations, according …