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Subject: The Best of JTO Direct: 2005
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 15:15:13 GMT
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The Best of JTO Direct: 2005 December 27, 2005
JTO Direct is on holiday break, but we don't want your inbox to be lonely.
Here are some of the top feature stories and commentaries from 2005.
Enjoy the look back over the year, or catch something you missed the
first time around.
We'll return next week for yet another year of the independent,
comprehensive news you depend on -- and some exciting new things, too.
Thank you for your loyal readership!
Prepackaged ONDCP "News" Segments Called Illegal Propaganda
Ersatz "news" videos produced by the Office of National Drug Control
Policy for broadcast by TV stations constituted "covert propaganda" and
violated federal law, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has
Annual Youth Survey Sees No Increase in Meth Use
Use of illicit drugs by American youth generally declined or stayed flat
in 2004, including use of methamphetamines -- a result that seems to
defy recent anecdotal evidence on the scope of the meth problem.
Okla. Puts Hard Numbers Behind Cost-Savings Claims
A panel convened by Oklahoma's governor and AG has put on paper what
advocates have been telling policymakers for years: investing in
addiction, mental-health, and domestic-violence services can save
NJ Parity Battle Bolstered by Cost Study
An unwanted state study wound up helping advocates of addiction and
mental health parity make their case in New Jersey.
Beer Industry Needs to Follow its Own Rules for Advertising
Both the beer industry and the distilled-spirits industry have voluntary
responsible advertising codes, but only the distillers put any teeth
into their policy, writes PIRE's Robert Reynolds.
Study Shows Dropoff in Private Treatment Funding
Private financing for the treatment of addiction and mental-health
disorders continues to drop, with government taking an increasingly
prominent role in providing care for behavioral health problems.
Feds Considering New Alcohol Labels
The federal government is considering adding nutrition and ingredient
information to the labels of alcoholic beverages, and the alcohol
industry and health experts have distinctly different ideas about how
that should be accomplished.
Meth Science Not Stigma: Open Letter to the Media
Policies addressing prenatal exposure to methamphetamines and media
coverage of this issue should be based on science, not presumption or
prejudice, says a national group of medical researchers and treatment
Rand: Calif. Drug Offenders Not So 'Low-Level'
A new study from the Rand Corporation calls into question one of the key
contentions of the drug-reform movement: that many low-level drug
offenders are unfairly sent to prison, particularly for
21 Turns 21
Raising the national drinking age 21 years ago has saved at least 20,000
lives, but much work remains to address underage drinking and its harms.
Survey Finds Little Change in U.S. Drug Use
Relatively few Americans admit to being regular users of marijuana, and
fewer than one in 20 say they recently used drugs other than marijuana
-- rates that have not budged much over the past few years.
Drug-Free Communities Grant Process Blasted as Political, 'Flawed'
Community anti-drug coalitions lost funding after the federal drug
czar's office threw out peer-review scores typically used to award the
Drug-Free Communities grants and adopted a different set of funding
IOM Report Endorses Treatment Improvement, Integration, and Parity
The addiction and mental-health treatment systems should be better
integrated with general healthcare and included in broader national
efforts to improve healthcare quality, the National Academy of Sciences
House OKs Meth Bill; Measure Includes Treatment Component
A measure passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would tighten
controls on chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, toughen
penalties on traffickers, and authorizes funding for drug courts and
treatment for pregnant and parenting women.
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