Category results for "Government"

Kerlikowske Will Leave Post as Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy

Gil Kerlikowske will leave his post as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was nominated by President Obama on Friday to become the new U.S. Commissioner of Customs.

California Lawmaker to Hold Hearing on Fraud in Taxpayer-Funded Rehab Clinics

The chairman of the California Assembly Health Committee announced he will examine the issue of fraud in taxpayer-funded drug rehab clinics, during a hearing on the state’s Medicaid program. The problems in the clinics were uncovered through an investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting.

U.S. Postal Service Considers Delivering Alcoholic Beverages to Raise Revenue

The U.S. Postal Service is considering delivering alcoholic beverages as a way to raise revenue, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. He told the Associated Press alcohol deliveries could raise as much as $50 million annually.

Investigation Uncovers Fraud by California Rehab Clinics

An investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN has uncovered fraud by California rehab clinics that receive government funds to assist clients who are poor and addicted.

Menthol Cigarettes Likely Pose Greater Risk Than Non-Menthol Cigarettes: FDA

The Food and Drug Administration says menthol-flavored cigarettes raise critical public health questions, and likely pose a greater risk to the health of smokers than non-menthol cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Massachusetts City Reports 95% Success Rate With Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan

The police department of Quincy, Massachusetts, the first in the nation to require every officer on patrol to carry the opioid overdose antidote Narcan, reports a 95 percent success rate with the treatment, CBS News reports.

Addiction Should be Treated as Public Health Issue: Kerlikowske

Addiction should be treated as a public health issue, National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske told participants of a conference on prescription drug abuse Thursday.

Commentary: After Legalization, Regulation

Majorities of voters in both Colorado and Washington State passed ballot initiatives approving marijuana for recreational use this past November, and in each state, lawmakers have struggled to implement a post-legalization regulatory framework that makes sense, and that protects children and teens.

Peer Recovery Support Services Will Benefit from Health Reform: Advocacy Group

The Affordable Care Act will provide many new opportunities for peer recovery support services, according to Faces & Voices of Recovery, which advocates for people in recovery from addiction.

Justice Department Asks For Reduced Sentences for Less Serious Drug Offenders

The Justice Department is asking for changes to sentencing guidelines that would provide reduced or alternative sentences for less serious drug crimes, USA Today reports.

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