9 arrests for drugs, alcohol during weekend crackdown – Bismarck Tribune

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a concentrated effort to crack down on impaired drivers in its southeast region during the weekend resulted in nine arrests, 27 citations and 14 warnings.

The Highway Patrol targeted Ransom, Sargent, LaMoure and Dickey counties on Friday and Saturday with troopers working overtime. The arrests were alcohol or drug related.

Authorities say that last year, about 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in North Dakota involved alcohol. In the southeast region, about 50 percent of fatalities were in alcohol-related crashes.

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Weight loss surgery may cause alcohol addiction – Medical News Today

More and more people in the United States are opting for bariatric, or weight loss, surgery. However, new research finds that one of the most common forms of weight loss surgery may raise the risk of alcohol dependence.
Research suggests that weight loss surgery may lead to alcohol dependence.

Bariatric surgery is an increasingly popular option for those looking to lose weight. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) report that the number of weight loss surgeries in the U.S. has increased from 158,000 in 2011 to almost 200,000 in 2015.

Researchers led by Wendy C. King, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in Pennsylvania, set out to examine the long-term evolution of patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. King and colleagues found a link between having the procedure and alcohol problems.

Specifically, the team focused on Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) – a type of weight loss surgery that changes the structure of the small intestine and makes the stomach smaller, reducing it to the size of an egg.

The findings were published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

One in 5 patients developed alcohol problems within 5 years of surgery

The team examined more than 2,300 patients who were enrolled in the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery-2 (LABS-2) over a follow-up period of 7 years. LABS-2 is a prospective, observational cohort study of people who had weight loss surgery in 10 hospitals across the U.S.

During the follow-up, RYGB was the most popular procedure, undergone by 1,481 patients. Most of the remaining patients (522) had another procedure called laparoscopic gastric banding, in which an adjustable band is inserted around the upper part of the patient’s stomach, limiting their intake of food.

Over the 7-year follow-up period, both the

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Alcohol-related deaths are rising. Will new state rules help? – Washington Examiner

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Take a walk: That's the U.S. surgeon general's prescription for sedentary Americans _ but communities will have to step up, too, and make neighborhoods easier and safer for foot traffic. Only half of adults and just over a quarter of high school students get the amount of physical activity recommended for good health, Murthy said in a "call to action" being issued Sept. 9. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The reduction in underage drinking and drunken driving accidents among young people is widely viewed as one of the greatest public health achievements in the United States. But data suggest that among people who are middle age, another problem involving excess drinking has been quietly brewing.

The problem is contributing to the alarming trend of white Americans dying younger than they used to. The rise was driven by drug overdoses and suicides, but also by alcohol poisoning, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. It has been observed only in the U.S.

Anne Case and Angus Deaton, who are spouses and Princeton University economists, have found that the trend began among people ages 45 to 54 in 1999 and continued through 2013, resulting in an increase of 134 deaths per 100,000 people.

These findings and others from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been used as evidence for the U.S. to accelerate its actions to combat the opioid epidemic. Congress poured funding into the effort and passed legislation to increase access to treatment. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price recently participated in a listening tour on opioids, and President Trump established a task force.

But when it comes to tackling alcohol misuse in middle age, the route for public health strategists has been less clear. Part of the dilemma is that, unlike opioids such as heroin, alcohol is a legal product that studies suggest can contribute to better heart health. Calls for restricting access to alcohol through taxes or other means can look a lot like Prohibition-era methods and can be damaging to the financial health of small businesses. Restrictions also can affect people who drink moderately.

To the alcohol industry, some of the calls for restrictions on alcohol availability signal their product is under fire.

“There is a concerted

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Police Crackdown on Illegal Alcohol Sales Ahead of Ramadan – Indonesia Expat (registration) (blog)

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Ahead of the start of Ramadan next week, police across Indonesia have launched sweeps cracking down on illegal alcohol sales and ensuring a pious beginning to the fasting month.

West Kalimantan police confiscated and destroyed 12,978 bottles of liquor set to be illegally traded. The alcohol allegedly came from Malaysia.

“We destroyed more than ten thousand bottles. There’s a high probability that these came from Malaysia and will be sold in West Kalimantan,” West Kalimantan Police Chief Erwin Triwanto said, as quoted by Okezone.

The bottles had been brought into West Kalimantan aboard three trucks and are proof of violations of both food trading regulations, Triwanto said. The bottles were destroyed under the provision of the district court.

The three truck drivers could be charged under the 2014 trading law, or a 2012 law on food.

Local police will continue to conduct patrols, particularly in areas known to be hubs of illegal alcohol sales, ahead of Ramadan, Triwanto said.

A similar sweep in Kuantan Singingi district in Riau netted illegal alcohol, including Bintang and Guinness beer products.

“The police confiscated dozens of liquor bottles during the operation,” Kuantang Singingi Police Chief Dasuki Herlambang said, as quoted by Okezone.

Police also confiscated non-excised cigarettes during the operation.

The Kuansing Police have vowed the ensure the community remains clear of alcohol, cigarettes and other vices during the religious month.

While not all Indonesians observe the fasting month, local regulations and zealous authorities see raids and sweeps begin in the weeks leading up to the start

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Southeast North Dakota alcohol saturation patrol crackdown yields … – West Fargo Pioneer

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The patrol conducted alcohol saturation patrols in southeastern counties of Ransom, Sargent, LaMoure and Dickey. Troopers from across the region worked overtime during the two days.

No alcohol-related crashes occurred during the crackdown, which resulted in 14 warnings, two open container citations, two minor in consumption arrests and three arrests for delivery of alcohol to a minor.

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