San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Vote Tuesday on Banning the Retail Sale of Cigarettes and Marijuana

This Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of cigarettes and marijuana products in the city until the FDA conducts a safety review of these products.The impetus for the proposed ordinance was new data showing that a large proportion of San Francisco youths are still smoking and that the use of marijuana may even be increasing, especially with the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use. The city attorney explained that: " The epidemic is real. It needed attention. We felt it was necessary to step in and make sure we were protecting young people on our streets. " He criticized the FDA for not properly vetting cigarettes and marijuana and failing to test the safety of these products, saying that the federal government " abdicated " its responsibility and therefore, the city " had to step in. "The supervisor who introduced the ordinance toldThe Rest of the Story that: " there are strong indications that marijuana actually alters receptors in the brain, making youth more susceptible to addiction. " He called marijuana a " gateway " to harder drugs, citingevidence that youth who use marijuana are more likely to initiate the use of other drugs, including cigarettes, inhalants, stimulants, and even opiates. He cited a recentstatement from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that " underscore[s] the need for effective prevention to re...
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In 2019, the Congressional Black Caucus convened an emergency Taskforce to examine Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. The Taskforce released its report in December 2019, highlighting several recommendations for increased research, intervention development, and community engagement. In collaboration with the Office of Behavioral Health Equity at SAMHSA, this 90-minute interactive roundtable webinar featured co-authors of the Taskforce report, including the leader of the Taskforce, answering our most pressing questions about Black youth suicide.
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CONCLUSION: Utilizing a large North American DTC registry, we found the prevalence of de novo TgAb detection to be 5% among initially TgAb negative patients. We did not find a statistically significant association between de novo TgAb development and DTC structural recurrence. Larger prospective studies are required to confirm these findings and further assess the significance of de novo TgAb detection in the follow up of DTC. PMID: 32484055 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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CONCLUSIONS: Patients with severe SI and SA may represent different variants of the same clinical entity. Given the high frequency of the explored features in the whole suicidal sample, this diagnostic methodology may be helpful and informative in all the high-risk adolescents with mood disorders, namely with NSSI. PMID: 32489194 [PubMed - in process]
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Here is my point-by-point response to several of the statements made in thepress release issued by City Attorney Herrera announcing the introduction of legislation to ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city of San Francisco:" City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton today announced joint steps to curb the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, which has erased more than a decade ’s worth of progress in reducing youth tobacco consumption. "The “epidemic” of youth e-cigarette use has not “erased” progress in reducing youth tobacco consumption. The gains in r...
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U.S. life expectancy has decreased for the second year in a row, and an editorial in the BMJ points to three contributing factors: drugs, alcohol and suicides, particularly among middle-age white Americans and those living in rural communities. The authors of the paper paint a bleak picture of the problems facing much of the United States today, but the authors say that policies that bolster the middle-class can help reverse the trend. The recent drop in life expectancy is alarming, the editorial states, “because life expectancy has risen for much of the past century in developed countries, including in the U.S.&rdqu...
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McLean Hospital Guest Blogger Hilary Smith Connery, MD, PhD Self-inflicted injury is now the 8th leading cause of mortality, while suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That's a stunning number of people dying by their own hand in one form or another, and in addition to galvanizing public health prevention efforts, these statistics pose an urgent need to identify root causes and more effective treatment systems. Treatment works, but beyond having access to appropriate medical and psychological help, the social environment is critical to creating successful recovery opportunities for those suff...
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A wealth of data shows that deaths related to drugs, alcohol and suicide are on the rise. But new research also shows that in many areas of the U.S. ― particularly in Kentucky, West Virginia, the Dakotas and the Southwestern states ― these increases are particularly dramatic. Since 1980, mortality rates related to these issues have increased by 200 percent or more in over 2,000 U.S. counties, according to research released Tuesday. In a cluster of counties in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio, researchers uncovered striking death toll increases of 1,000 percent or more. Topping the list were Clermont County, O...
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While black Americans still face worse health outcomes and suffer earlier mortality than white Americans, a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that the life expectancy gap between blacks and whites is narrowing.  “Blacks are catching up,” Samuel Preston, a demographer at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. “The gap is now the narrowest it has been since the beginning of the 20th century, and that’s really good news.” As it stands, black Americans can expect to live until age 76, while white Americans are likely to live until age 79...
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Highlights from Day Four Our coverage of APA’s Annual Meeting continues with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s address on the inside workings of the Supreme Court; a report on the results of an APA poll on “phantom” insurance networks; and the continued debate over the ethics of involuntary outpatient commitment laws. Justice Stephen Breyer Gives Inside Look at Country’s Highest CourtU.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer spoke today at APA’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta about his latest book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities, and what it&...
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Conclusion Evaluating the potential harms of a commonly used drug—especially a complex substance like marijuana—is a challenging but vital task. Fully informed awareness of both the potential and proven benefits and the potential and proven harms of marijuana are necessary in order to have rational discussions with patients, teens, and decision makers regarding marijuana use. Based on a review of the current literature, we suggest the mnemonic DDUMB (dependence, driving, underachievement, mental illness, and “bad to worse”) as a tool that captures several of the more well-supported, brain-based risk...
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