Family dinner = Fewer teens using drugs

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. teens who eat family dinner fewer than three times a week are more than two times likelier to use marijuana and twice as likely to drink, researchers say.

Children who have family dinner smoke less

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Children who have frequent family dinners are less likely to use marijuana, tobacco and drink alcohol, U.S. researchers said.

Ban on menthol cigarettes pushed

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- Seven former U.S. health secretaries, including Tommy Thompson and Donna Shalala, sent a letter to Congress calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes.

Experts: Pills chic among young people

NEW YORK, July 5 (UPI) -- Pills such as ones allegedly found in Al Gore III's possession are fast becoming the drug of choice among America's young people, drug abuse experts said.

Comedy Central pulls 'South Park' rerun

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Comedy Central pulled a scheduled rerun of the season finale of "South Park" that incensed the Catholic League the first time around.

Prescription drug abuse called 'epidemic'

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- Prescription drug abuse is described as epidemic in a Columbia University study that says parents, police and others are still not paying enough attention.

Sexual behavior linked to teen drug use

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. teens are at much greater risk for smoking, drinking and using drugs if they have sexually active friends and spend more time with a significant other.

Teen cigarette smoking linked to marijuana

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Public health advocates want the Bush administration to emphasize cutting teen smoking by half as part of the effort to reduce marijuana use in the war on drugs.

Carry Nation rides again

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- The spirit of Carry Nation, the hatchet-wielding anti-alcohol campaigner who smashed up saloons in the early 1900s and became a hero of the Prohibition movement, is alive and well at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia Univers
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Joseph A. Califano, Jr., chairman and president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, discusses a new report about the use of controlled prescription drugs in the U.S. during a news conference on July 7, 2005, at the National Press Club in Washington. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Joseph Anthony Califano, Jr. (born May 15, 1931) is Founder and Chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, an independent non-profit research center affiliated with Columbia University in New York City. He has held many posts in the United States Government including United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1977 until 1979. He is now one of only two living former secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare (the other is his predecessor, Forest David Mathews).

Founded in 1992, CASA is now a think/action tank with a staff of more than 60 professionals, including eight Ph.D.s, 21 Masters, and five lawyers. It conducts public policy research and evaluates prevention and treatment programs involving all substances (alcohol, illegal, prescription and performance-enhancing drugs, nicotine) and has mounted demonstration programs at more than 119 sites in 48 cities and counties in 21 states, and one Native American reservation.

He has been Adjunct Professor of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) at Columbia University's Medical School (Department of Psychiatry) and School of Public Health and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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