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Teens Who Drink, Take Drugs Have More ’Mature’ Brains

Teen drinking and drug use is usually viewed as impulsive and immature behavior, but a new study finds that the brains of teens who engage in risky activities actually have brains that are more ’adult-like’ than those of their more…

$21 Million in New Drug Free Communities Grants Awarded

A total of $21 million in new Drug Free Communities Act grants was awarded to 161 communities nationally, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced Aug. 27. The new grantees were chosen from a pool of 417 applicants…

Tobacco Companies Sue FDA Over Ad Restrictions

A group of tobacco companies has filed a lawsuit claiming that the new federal law giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unconstitutional, the Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 1. Firms including Reynolds American and Lorillard claim that…

Male Sexual Problems Caused by Marijuana Use, Study Says

Men who smoke marijuana may have more problems achieving orgasm during sex than abstainers, according to a new Australian study. New Scientist reported Aug. 24 that researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne found that men and women who smoked…

Pleasure, Stress Relief Among Top Reasons Smokers Light Up

A British poll finds that half of smokers say they enjoy the experience, while 47 percent cite the need for stress relief as their reason for lighting up. The Independent reported July 29 that the study by Cancer Research UK…

Do Racial and Ethnic Minority Drinkers Have More Alcohol Consequences than White Drinkers?

Researchers analyzed National Alcohol Survey data to determine whether self-reported social disadvantages explained racial differences in alcohol dependence severity.

Multiple California Cities Consider Taxes on Marijuana

Voters in Oakland, Calif., recently voted to impose a business tax on marijuana sales, and other cities in California have considered similar taxes in order to address serious budget shortfalls. The Oakland Tribune reported July 26 that other communities with…

Local MADD Chapter Slams Beer Named for N.J. Highway Exits

The Flying Fish Brewing Co. may have thought naming its beers after exits on the New Jersey Turnpike was a clever marketing move, but highway-safety groups are not amused by the association between drinking and driving, the Associated Press reported…

Study: FASD Often Confused with ADHD, But Symptoms More Severe

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) share many attributes, and children with FASD are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD. However, a recent study found that children with FASD have a harder time understanding social information than…

Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

The Indian Health Service has $600,000 available for grants to programs working to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide among American Indian and Native American youth.

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