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Former Oregon treatment executive aligns with marijuana legalization backers

August 18, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Richard Harris is featured in the first television ad supporting Oregon's November ballot item to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use.

How revealing is Colo. decline in youth marijuana use?

August 11, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Advocates are disputing whether the latest documented declines in past-month and lifetime use of marijuana among Colorado high school students can be considered an effect of the state's legalization initiative.

Wash. state treatment executive: State's youths will pay dearly for pot legalization

August 7, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
As Washington state's legalization of marijuana for recreational use rolls out gradually, a panelist at the upcoming National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) says the conversation about the drug already has changed substantially in his state.

Substance use and mental health spending projected to decline relative to rest of healthcare

August 6, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new analysis published in Health Affairs sees several trends from the mental health field driving a projected slowdown in the growth of behavioral health spending relative to other health spending.

Calif. county prosecutors get proactive on hash oil production

August 4, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Sacramento County, Calif., District Attorney's office is trying to strike back against widespread and dangerous production of butane hash oil.

BREAKING NEWS: Oregon voters will consider marijuana legalization in November

July 22, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
An Oregon measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana has officially qualified for placement on this November's election ballot.

Exposure to e-cigs can ignite young smokers' desire to light up

July 21, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Research has shown that another person's e-cigarette use can trigger the same urge to smoke regular cigarettes as exposure to tobacco smoke does.

The Affordable Care Act and Parity

June 5, 2014  |  Rebecca J. Flood
The Affordable Care Act is potentially changing how treatment for addiction will be funded or reimbursed.

Rosenberg: ‘High tech meets high touch’

May 6, 2014  |  Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
As the 2014 National Council for Behavioral Health conference opened Monday, those in attendance were reminded not only of what changes need to occur in the field, but also of the accomplishments made over the past decade.

Navy implements campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse

May 1, 2014  |  Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
The campaign, called "Prescription for Discharge," was developed after Navy administrators began noticing trends in the drug testing of sailors that proved prescription drugs were being misused.

FDA proposes e-cigarette regulations that appear to take middle ground

May 1, 2014  |  Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
After last week’s announcement from the FDA of proposed new rules to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products that had not yet been under its authority, various organizations and individuals have come forward with reactions reflecting...

Tenn. governor signs law that could yield arrests of substance-using women

April 30, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Advocates are predicting legal challenges regarding now-signed Tennessee legislation that will subject some women who use substances while pregnant to arrest and prosecution.


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