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2017 Press Releases
The future of international drug control treaties is in doubt because of recent treaty-violating decisions to legalize cannabis use in Canada, the United States and Uruguay. If decriminalization is the way of the future, Professor Wayne Hall outlines a cautious approach to policy reform.
A new US study has found that a high proportion of smokers enrolled in stop-smoking programs during a hospital stay report having quit when in fact they have not. The findings mean that in these kinds of study it is vital to check claims of having quit using an objective measure.
The number of US hospital admissions involving neonatal abstinence syndrome increased more than fourfold between the years 2003 and 2012.
Dental patients with substance use disorders have more tooth decay and periodontal disease than the general population, but are less likely to receive dental care. With drug use increasing by approximately three million new users each year, this is a problem that won't disappear soon.
Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing, and that current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association between youth exposure and subsequent drinking.
2016 Press Releases
The USA's 2006 regulation of sodium permanganate and Mexico's 2007 closure of a chemical company accused of illicitly importing pseudoephedrine were associated with large, extended reductions in cocaine users and methamphetamine users in the USA.
A study has found that exposure to several different types of alcohol marketing is positively associated with the amount and frequency of drinking among adolescents across Europe.
A new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast. This is a stronger statement than the long-recognised association between alcohol and cancer.
A letter from leading international tobacco researchers calls for the UK government to stop subsidising films that they claim promote smoking and spend more on media campaigns that promote quitting.
Alcohol consumption in Australia has declined steadily during the past decade, with per capita consumption in 2013-14 reaching its lowest level since the early 1960s. A new study shows that the overall decline in drinking is due mainly to less drinking among people in their teens and early twenties.
Passed in 2016 in the UK, the Psychoactive Substances Act bans all new psychoactive substances (NPS) except those specifically exempted, such as alcohol and tobacco. The Act has attracted much criticism from scientists and experts. But what better alternative exists?
The controversy over the UK's new safe drinking guidelines revealed how much people within a country can disagree about drinking. It turns out that countries disagree with each other, too.
A new study found that take-home naloxone programs reduce overdose mortality and have a low rate of adverse events. The study recommends take-home naloxone as a new standard of care for prevention of heroin overdose deaths.
A major new review reveals that in studies testing the effectiveness of stop-smoking support for pregnant women, nearly half (43%) of the women who managed to stay off cigarettes during the pregnancy went back to smoking within 6 months of the birth.
Researchers from University College London estimate that use of e-cigarettes produced 16K-22K additional long-term quitters in England in 2014. A long-term quitter is someone who has not smoked for at least one year.