Over a quarter of underage youth in New York City have consumed alcohol in the past month, and while their most common method of obtaining alcohol is getting it from other people, the second most common is purchasing it themselves. In an effort to combat this problem, the New York City Department of Health (DOH) launched an initiative through the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to conduct an undercover investigation of New York City stores.
CASAColumbia fully supports the use of marijuana-based medications that have undergone the FDA’s comprehensive drug approval process. We also encourage more research on the value of marijuana for medical purposes. But we remain wary of state legalization of medical marijuana, especially in forms that are not medically appropriate and are not properly regulated.
Given what we currently know about marijuana, CASAColumbia does not support its legalization for recreational use. Instead, CASAColumbia supports keeping marijuana illegal but eliminating criminal penalties for personal use.
The percent of middle and high school students who currently use e-cigarettes has tripled in the past year. This alarming increase happened while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether or not it will use its authority to regulate the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes.
Certain populations, especially individuals involved in the criminal justice system, are particularly vulnerable to opioid overdose. While this paints a bleak picture, recent medical and scientific developments point to a reason for hope in reversing this overdose trend.
A relatively unknown prescribed opioid called Opana has hit hard in rural America, particularly in Indiana, and its misuse is reigniting concerns about a new HIV outbreak. This outbreak not only sheds light on the troubling opioid epidemic in the state, but also challenges the misconception that HIV is strictly an urban disease.
An estimated 8.6 million Americans suffer from a serious smoking-related illness. These health consequences are expensive, too, especially for public insurance programs, and new research shows that the health care costs of smoking are higher than previously estimated.
Alcohol just got a whole lot more portable—and controversial. Palcohol, a powdered form of alcohol that comes in five flavors, has been approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
A group of global tobacco health and policy researchers is calling for the sale of tobacco products to be phased out by 2040. The group writes that, with the backing of the United Nations and international governments, tobacco use can be reduced to less than five percent in just 25 years.
Are you planning to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras next year? If so, be prepared to see signs that say “No Smoking” in bars and casinos. The New Orleans City Council recently approved an ordinance for a total smoke-free ban, which will prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of workplaces, restaurants and bars.
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