A new Keystone Research Center report has found that states with more control of the sale and distribution of alcohol have fewer alcohol-related traffic fatalities than states with no such controls, according to Alcohol Justice.
High school students have shown significant progress over the past two decades in improving many health-risk behaviors associated with the leading cause of death among youth—motor vehicle crashes—according to the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Alcohol Justice, the U.S.-based industry watchdog, released a new report showing convenience store giant 7-Eleven has reduced prices on supersized, youth-attractive alcopops. The report, “Alcopops Cheaper than Energy Drinks: 7-Eleven Gambles with Children’s Lives,” found that in some cases alcopops were less expensive than other alcoholic beverages and some energy drinks, making it more enticing for youth.
A new report shows that 21.8 percent of pregnant Caucasian women age 15 to 44 currently (within the past 30 days) smoked cigarettes. The study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also showed that cigarette smoking levels among pregnant Caucasian women were significantly higher than the levels among pregnant African-American women (14.2 percent) and pregnant Latinas (6.5 percent) in the same 15 to 44 age range.
A new study shows that a computer-facilitated Screening and Brief Advice system tested with teens in the United States and Prague promoted reductions in use of alcohol and marijuana, respectively, for up to one year.
Join Together reported that an increased reliance on prescription painkillers and the resulting abstinence syndrome has now shown up in the most vulnerable patients — America's newborns, according to a study released this week by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a new analysis of data from the 2009 and 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealing that the majority of new or occasional nonmedical users of pain relievers obtained the drug from family or friends for free or took them without asking. In contrast, frequent or chronic users (those who used pain relievers non-medically once a week or more on average in the past year) were more likely to obtain the drug from doctors or by buying them than were less frequent users.
Last year, according to 2011 “The Tax Burden on Tobacco” report, Americans purchased more than 287 billion cigarettes. A vast number of those cigarette butts, including the filters, will be flicked into the environment, landing along waterways, parks, beaches and public roads.
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In a new report, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), an independent, nonfederal, unpaid group of public health and prevention experts, recommends against privatization of retail alcohol sales in places that currently have government control, based on evidence that privatization leads to increased consumption of alcoholic beverages, excessive drinking and related harms.
Drugs known as “bath salts” are one of a growing list of synthetic and unevenly regulated narcotics that are found across the United States and on the Internet. New research on this potent drug paints an alarming picture, revealing that bath salts pack a powerful double punch, producing combined effects similar to both methamphetamine and cocaine, Medical News Today reports.
HealthDay News reported the findings of a new study this week which found that watching a lot of movies that feature alcohol doubles the likelihood that young teens will start drinking, and these teens are more likely to progress to binge drinking.