Netflix to cut back on smoking after ‘Stranger Things’ criticism

(CNN)Netflix has promised to curb depictions of smoking in new programs following a report that pointed a finger at its hit series “Stranger Things,” whose first two seasons featured tobacco in every episode. “Going forward, all new projects that we commission with ratings of TV-14 or below for series or PG-13 or below for films, will be smoking and e-cigarette free — except for reasons of historical or factual accuracy,” said a statement shared with CNN by a Netflix spokesperson. Read full article here!

One in Five Americans Gets Hurt By Someone Else’s Drinking Every Year

The negative effects of secondhand smoke are well-documented—the CDC estimates that tens of thousands of nonsmokers die every year in the U.S. due to exposure to someone else’s cigarette habit. But a new study out Monday suggests that the secondhand effects of alcohol consumption are another source of serious harm, with one in five Americans hurt by another person’s drinking annually.   Click here to read full article!

The Importance of Prevention in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

As our communities, healthcare systems, and government agencies join in the effort to reverse the epidemic of opioid overdoses and solve the opioid crisis, it is not enough to focus all our resources on treating people who are already addicted to opioids. Keeping people who do not have an opioid use disorder from becoming addicted is an equally important task. Addressing overprescribing of pain medications through improved pain management and prescription monitoring has been one important prevention approach; and as illicit opioids like heroin and imported fentanyl become more prevalent, reducing the supply of those substances through law enforcement efforts …

NYC’s CBD Edibles Ban Has Officially Gone Into Effect

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that it would begin ordering all restaurants and bars in the city to stop selling CBD-infused products, citing an FDA ruling from December saying that it is “unlawful to add CBD to food or drink.” Read full article here!

Feds warns of THC-infused products that look like real candy June 20, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal prosecutor is warning parents to watch out for products that contain the main psychoactive component in marijuana and look like real candy. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart in Charleston says in a news release the packages can be appealing to children but contain THC.   Click here to read whole article!

‘Secret Shopper’ Study Shows How Easily Teens Can Buy E-Cigs

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite federal and state age restrictions on the sale of tobacco and vaping products, a new “secret shopper” study found that IDs were checked only about half the time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires tobacco retailers to check an ID for anyone appearing to be under 27, and California law bars sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21. Click here to read whole article!

Older Adults’ Perceptions Of Opioid-Related Policies And What They Mean For Pain Treatment

Pain is everywhere. In the United States, nearly 66 million individuals experience acute pain from a surgery or procedure each year, and 100 million individuals suffer from chronic pain lasting weeks to years. The US has garnered the dubious honor of becoming one of the world’s largest consumers of prescription opioid analgesics, in part fueled by the changing perception of pain and pain management in the late twentieth century. However, there is no evidence to suggest that the US provides better pain management than our global counterparts, and morbidity and mortality attributable to opioids continue to rise. In response, numerous state policies related to prescription pain management have emerged. …

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Vaping… A Toxic Mix.

Vaping is not just water vapor. Vaping contains many dangerous chemicals, nicotine, and heavy metals.