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2003 TOP STORIES

Pa. Doctors Have Final Say on Addiction Treatment

9/8/2003

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department says physicians, not a managed-care firm, have final determination regarding referrals for inpatient and outpatient treatment services.

 

22 Million in U.S. Suffer From Substance Dependence or Abuse

9/8/2003

Press Release

In 2002, an estimated 22 million Americans suffered from substance dependence or abuse due to drugs, alcohol or both, according to the newest results of the Household Survey.

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CDC Tallies Health Costs of Smoking

9/8/200

The devastating health impact of smoking can be seen in millions of cases of bronchitis, emphysema, and other illnesses affecting Americas, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Tough, Nationwide Drugged-Driving Law in Development

9/8/2003

Federal officials said new nationwide laws are needed to address the issue of driving while high on drugs.

 

National Conference Examines Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Violence on College Campuses

9/8/2003

Press Release

The U.S. Department of Education's 17th Annual National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education will be held in October in Austin, Texas.

 

Shock Images Sought for Cigarette Packs

9/8/2003

Got a grotesque picture of the damaged done by smoking? The European Union (EU) would like to talk to you.

Hong Kong May Ban Indoor Smoking

9/8/2003

 

The government of Hong Kong is considering banning smoking in restaurants and placing graphic warning labels on cigarette packs.

 

Indiana Sees Resurgence in Heroin Popularity

9/8/2003

With 10 deaths linked to heroin overdoses so far this year, police and doctors in Indiana are concerned that heroin is growing in popularity.

 

Iowa Woman Found Guilty of Providing Alcohol to Minors

9/8/2003

Tracy Cleavland of Oakland, Iowa, was found guilty of supplying alcohol to minors with death resulting.

 

Drug Courts, Treatment Programs Seek Trust, Understanding

9/5/2003

Feature

A recent conference shows that the relationship between drug courts and treatment programs remains uneasy, and trust and understanding -- or lack thereof -- remains critical issues for both sides.

 

Drug Courts, Treatment Programs Seek Trust, Understanding

9/5/2003

Feature

A recent conference shows that the relationship between drug courts and treatment programs remains uneasy, and trust and understanding -- or lack thereof -- remains critical issues for both sides.

 

Court Says Alaskans Can Possess Marijuana at Home

9/5/2003

In a unanimous decision, the Alaska Court of Appeals ruled that state residents have a constitutional right to possess small amounts of marijuana in their home.

 

Calif. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over DEA Marijuana Raids

9/5/2003

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel dismissed a lawsuit brought by California's Santa Cruz County, aimed at blocking raids by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on medical-marijuana cooperatives.

 

Nevada Drivers Challenge DUI Laws

9/5/2003

Three Nevada drivers -- who tested positive for marijuana after being involved in separate accidents that killed a total of nine people -- are challenging the state law that makes it illegal to drive with a banned substance in their system.

 

Seattle Voters Consider Relaxing Marijuana Laws

9/5/2003

On Sept. 16, voters in Seattle, Wash., will decide whether to make marijuana possession the lowest priority for law enforcement.

 

Support for Arizona Indoor-Smoking Ban

9/5/2003

Two-thirds of Arizonans support a ban on indoor smoking, and 59 percent said they would be more likely to patronize a restaurant if smoking was prohibited.

 

Antismoking Messages May Be Reaching Teens

9/5/2003

A new study says fewer youths are smoking and more are likely to hold negative views about smoking.

 

Europe Undergoes Smoking-Culture Shift

9/5/2003

Despite a history of tolerance about tobacco use, Europeans are beginning to come to grips with the worldwide movement to ban indoor smoking and cut smoking rates.

 

SAMHSA Releases Training Manual for Developing Competitive Grant Applications

9/4/2003

Press Release

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration releases a manual to provide organizations with workshop assistance and reference material for grant applications.

 

Netherlands Approves Marijuana for Medical Use

9/4/2003

The Netherlands became the first country in the world to allow marijuana to be sold in pharmacies to people who suffer from cancer, HIV, and multiple sclerosis.

 

Genetic Glitch Linked to Lung Cancer

9/4/2003

People genetically predisposed to having low levels of an important enzyme are more likely to develop lung cancer, even if they don't smoke.

 

Wisconsin Quit Line Reaches Out to Smokers

9/4/2003

Working with healthcare providers, Wisconsin's Tobacco Quit Line is proactively reaching out to smokers who have decided to quit, calling to set up counseling appointments and making followup calls throughout the quitting process.

 

UK: Insurance Premiums Could Rise from Alcohol Claims

9/4/2003

Pubs, restaurants, and other establishments in the United Kingdom that serve alcohol could see an increase in their public liability insurance as more people file claims for alcohol-related diseases.

 

UNH Alerts Parents to Alcohol, Other Drug Problems

9/4/2003

In an effort to reduce alcohol and other drug problems on campus, officials at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, N.H., have introduced a new parental-notification policy.

 

Australian Summit Addresses Alcohol Culture

9/4/2003

Speakers at an alcohol summit held in Australia say that if the country wants to curb alcohol-related illnesses, it will have to work on changing the culture surrounding alcohol.

 

Asbestos Company Fights Big Tobacco in Court

9/4/2003

Asbestos manufacturer Owens Corning claims that tobacco companies should be forced to pay a share of billions of dollars in settlements with lung-cancer victims who sued the firm.

 

On-the-Job Hangovers Common Among Young Brits

9/3/2003

A new survey shows that at least one-third of young professionals employed at leading corporations in Britain are working with hangovers at least twice a week.

 

Australia Considers Internet Tobacco-Ad Ban

9/3/2003

Internet advertising for tobacco products could be banned in Australia.

 

University Ends Alcohol-Awareness Program

9/3/2003

As a result of budget cuts, the University of Illinois will no longer offer Alcohol 101, a computer program that educates students about the consequences of drinking.

 

Computer Robbery Slows Addiction Study

9/3/2003

A nationwide study of addiction-treatment programs in the United States has been slowed because laptap computers that were being used to gather data were stolen.

 

Poll Says Canadians Would Accept Tobacco-Law Delay

9/3/2003

A recent poll suggests that most Canadians would support delaying implementation of the nation's anti-tobacco law until 2005. But critics say the poll asked the wrong question.

 

UN Tries to Ban Smoking at Headquarters

9/3/2003

Citing New York's indoor-smoking laws, the United Nations says it will ban smoking inside its headquarters building in Manhattan.

 

Drug Use in Iraq Growing

9/3/2003

With a lack of security and weak border patrols, drug trafficking and use is on the rise in Iraq.

 

A Recovery Month Letter from the Director of Join Together

9/2/2003

Press Release

September is National Recovery Month, a time to celebrate the success of people in recovery and to re-commit ourselves to helping even more.

 

Study Finds Drugs Widely Available on Internet

9/2/2003

Using the search engine Google, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center looked for "no prescription codeine." The results turned up 100 links, with the first 53 offering the opiate medication for home delivery.

 

Tobacco "Candy" Can't Be Regulated, FDA Says

9/2/2003

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it lacks the authority to regulate tobacco lozenges that are sold in drug stores and supermarkets as an alternative to smoking.

 

Cigarette Company Will Disclose Ingredients

9/2/2003

A Brazilian tobacco company says it will list ingredients on its cigarette packages, urge moderation among smokers, and launch a telephone quitline.

 

Smokers in Florida Bar Turn to Tobacco Drink

9/2/2003

A Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., bar is serving a tobacco-infused drink called a "nicotini" to smokers barred from lighting up under the state's new indoor-smoking law.

 

Drug Dealer Turned Entrepreneur Caught with Drugs Again

9/2/2003

Alex Rodriguez, who along with his father and brother claimed to have turned their backs on a life of drugs to open a paint store in Philadelphia, Pa., has been arrested for intent to sell cocaine out of the store.

 

Maryland Youth Marijuana Use Up, Drinking Down

9/2/2003

A survey in Maryland shows that marijuana use among students in grades 10 through 12 has increased over the past decade.

 

Air Force Academy Copes with Underage Drinking

9/2/2003

Cadets at the Air Force Academy outside Colorado Springs, Colo., received a lecture on the consequences of drinking after a weekend underage-drinking arrest.

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