American Medical Association Calls for Ban on Powdered Alcohol

American Medical Association Calls for Ban on Powdered Alcohol
The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for a ban on powdered alcohol to protect young people, Medscape reports. The group notes alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among young people, leading to 4,300 underage deaths annually. Powdered alcohol is not yet available in the United States, the article notes. The product, to be sold under the brand name Palcohol, could be snuck into school by teens, the AMA warned. The AMA House of Delegates voted at the group’s annual meeting last week to support federal and state laws that prohibit the manufacture, importation, distribution, and sale of powdered alcohol. “Given the variety of flavors that could be enticing to youth and concerns that the final alcohol concentration could be much greater than intended by the manufacturer, we believe that powdered alcohol has the potential to cause serious harm to minors and should be banned,” AMA Board...
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Six States Ban Kratom Over Concerns About Addiction Potential

Six States Ban Kratom Over Concerns About Addiction Potential
Alabama recently became the sixth state to ban the herbal supplement kratom over concerns about its potential for addiction, according to the Associated Press . Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee, Indiana and Arkansas have also banned the supplement. Alabama classified kratom as a Schedule I drug, alongside heroin and Ecstasy. More states are also considering banning kratom, which is often sold as a pain treatment. Kratom is a plant that originates in Southeast Asia. The drug is categorized as a botanic dietary supplement. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot restrict the sale of kratom unless it is proved unsafe, or manufacturers claim it treats a medical condition. The FDA banned the import of kratom into the United States in 2014. Kratom is not controlled under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has listed kratom as a “drug and chemical of concern,” and notes on its website that...
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E-Cigarettes Banned on Commercial Flights to and From United States

E-Cigarettes Banned on Commercial Flights to and From United States
E-cigarettes have been banned on commercial flights to and from the United States, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced. The rule applies to both U.S. and foreign airlines, Reuters reports. “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.” The rule is backed by major airline, pilot, flight attendant and public health organizations, the article notes. While no U.S. airline allows e-cigarette use, the DOT said some charter flights may have allowed them. The regulation states, “We believe that without a clear, uniform regulation, some carriers may feel free to adopt policies that allow the use of e cigarettes onboard aircraft.” The DOT said...
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