Does smoking pot make you a loser?

Dr. Cerdá is interviewed by Calgary Today with Angela Kokott about a recent study reporting longtime marijuana smokers are more likely to have financial and social relationship issues.  

Firearms Licensee Survey: Frequency of and Responses to Illegal Activity Related to Commerce in Firearms

The video summarizes the results of a 2011 scientific survey of more than 1,600 gun retailers in the U.S., which found that gun buyers frequently try to make illegal purchases and that gun retailers take a dim view of fellow sellers who engage in illegal activity — regardless of whether they are actively breaking the law or simply looking the other way. The survey provides the first-ever estimates of the frequency of various types of illegal firearms activity, including “straw” or surrogate purchases, undocumented purchases and retailer corruption.

The survey is believed to be the first scientific study of a large group of gun retailers to determine their attitudes on illegal gun activity among buyers and retailers. The results, published March 11 in the peer-reviewed journal Injury Prevention (PDF), are a follow up to initial results the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program published in September 2012 in the Journal of Urban Health (PDF)on the characteristics of federally licensed firearms dealers, pawnbrokers and their establishments. News releases featuring Part 1 and Part 2 of these survey results are also available.

Commentary: Responding to Firearm Violence Crisis in the U.S.

An invited commentary by Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, discusses the limitations of a new firearms and crime ecological study by Eric Fleegler of Boston Children's Hospital. Both the commentary and original research study published online March 6, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine and will appear in the May print edition.

Commentary: Background Checks for Firearm Transfers

The report, released in February 2013, recommends that the U.S. adopt a comprehensive background check policy — one that requires all firearm transfers (with certain exceptions) to include a background check on the person acquiring the firearm and the retention of a permanent record. It also recommends avoiding two pitfalls. 1) limiting policy to transfers at gun shows, an approach known as closing the “gun show loophole," and 2) exempting holders of concealed weapon permits and other firearm-related licenses.

Few policy proposals on any subject have such broad public support. In January 2013, 88.8 percent of the population overall, 84.3 percent of firearm owners, and 73.7 percent of members of the National Rifle Association supported background checks for all firearm transfers. News release also available. 

Commentary: Gun violence prevention experts call for more physician involvement

A new commentary published Feb. 12, 2013 in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Garen J. Wintemute at UC Davis and researchers with The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Reseach calls for more physician engagement in the current gun policy dialogue. The video (left) and  news release outline ways physicians can become involved.