Weekly Roundup – 5/18/15

Weekly Roundup – 5/18/15

The Oregon Senate is considering a bill that would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco to 21.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy.

A Plymouth University research study shows that offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programs are less likely to reoffend.

Medscape reports a nationwide spike in synthetic marijuana emergencies.

Researchers at Columbia University studied increasing rates of heroin usage among races and ethnicities.

Employee Benefit News reports on the lost work and productivity costs of prescription drug abuse to U.S. employers.

Forbes maps the price of marijuana in U.S. states.

Panama City Beach voted to ban alcohol on the beach during Spring Break 2016.

A survey by the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association assessed the effects of the hydrocodone rescheduling on chronic pain patients.

Society for the Study of Addiction published Global Statistics on Addictive Behaviors: 2014 status report.

The Rhode Island Department of Health received federal funding to decrease youth access to tobacco.

The National Parks Service signed a $2.5 million marketing deal with Anheuser-Busch.

The FDA denied a petition to allow gentler consumer warnings on smokeless tobacco products.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a toxicity assessment of refill liquids for e-cigarettes.

The Journal of Safety Research published a study on ER visits and fatalities in crashes involving underage substance use.

This study in Emergency Medicine Journal examines the potential outcomes of “take home” supplies of naloxone, used for opioid overdoses.

Psychology and Health published an article on social norms and alcohol use by parents, friends and schoolmates as it relates to teen drinking.

The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center announced new distance learning courses.

SAMHSA’s blog entry on faith-based recovery from behavioral health conditions.

The Texas Tribune published this commentary on the Texas Senate’s budget cuts to tobacco prevention.

SAMHSA launched a pilot program for emergency continuity of care for patients in Opioid Treatment Programs.

U.S. News and World Report publicizes the dangers of excessive drinking in older adults.

The Journal of Medical Internet Research examined behavior changes as a result of alcohol reduction apps.

The Daily Climate reports on the potential for higher potency marijuana and habitat disruption as climate change affects marijuana growing practices.

A new study in Neurology suggests that medical marijuana pill may not be effective in dementia treatment.

The state medical society of New York takes a strong position against legalization of marijuana.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation warns of black market pills falsely labeled as oxycodone.

Nebraska teen is honored for fighting Big Tobacco.

The American Cancer Society published its 2015 True Cost of Smoking.

The FDA moves to regulate e-cigarettes.

Project SAM added a page to their website refuting the claims of Big Marijuana.

Psychiatry Advisor publicized a new treatment for alcohol addiction co-morbid with PTSD.

A new study finds evidence of altered brain structure in the fetus when alcohol is consumed in the first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy.

Police across the country are learning to deal with the surge in marijuana-infused edible products.

A Massachusetts report outlines coalition ideas for prevention strategies.

Research suggests that menthol inhibits the body’s ability to sense irritation in the lungs.