January 20, 1985 |
After years of decline, the number of prescription drugs used by Americans has begun to rise again as the nation's population grows older, according to a study by the Food and Drug Administration. The study, detailed in Friday's Journal of the American Medical Assn., found that Americans spent about $17.5 billion on prescription drugs in 1982. Consumers paid $14.5 billion for prescription drugs at pharmacies, up 11.7% from the previous year, while hospitals spent $3 billion, a 19% increase.
May 15, 1989 |
Drug-related tragedies are everyday media fare, but somehow the message isn't getting through. For a down-to-earth basic guide to keeping kids out of the drug and alcohol loop, tune in at 10 tonight to HBO's "How to Raise a Drug-Free Child." Disregard the portentous score. The value in this no-nonsense half-hour, hosted straightforwardly by Mary Tyler Moore, is its clarity. The first part of the program shows who the young victims are--there are no class boundaries--and how, when, where and why they start using drugs and alcohol.
September 25, 2002 |
"Fulfillment" is the newest buzzword among dog lovers, who increasingly seem inclined to figure out what their dogs were born to do--and then attempt to let them do it. Herding breeds must herd; hunting breeds must hunt, and so on. The idea is that when dogs satisfy their biological imperatives, they will feel Fulfilled and therefore be more even tempered, obedient, have a more positive attitude.
September 28, 1997 |
In Old Hong Kong, members of Triads, organized crime groups would take their disputes to a neutral place, typically a Chinese teahouse. There, the serene atmosphere and formality allowed dissenting parties to reach a mutual agreement. Everyone then shook hands and departed in peace. This method, no longer used in modern Hong Kong, is unlikely to replace the judicial system in litigious-happy L.A.
December 26, 2007
This has rarely been a tranquil nation. Born in revolution, tested by civil war, energized by protest, the United States has survived turmoil even as it has pursued its constitutional mandate to ensure tranquillity. Today, that elusive sense of domestic peace is tested by new challenges, chief among them persistent poverty and the fraying of our connective infrastructure.