The Latest News from Our Field

We curate a digest of the latest news in our field for advocates, policymakers, community coalitions and all who work toward shaping policies and practices to effectively prevent substance use and treat addiction.

Canadian Conservatives Seek Mandatory Sentences for Drug Crimes

Referring to marijuana as "the currency that is used to bring other more serious drugs into the country," Rob Nicholson, the Canadian justice minister, and members of Canada's Conservative party are pushing to introduce harsh minimum-sentencing laws for drug crimes.
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Illinois Coalition 'Sticker Shocks' Community

It's not often that teenagers, parents, prevention specialists, liquor retailers, and law-enforcement officials come together over the issue of underage drinking, but more than 2,000 community volunteers in Illinois recently came together around a campaign to discourage adults from buying alcohol for kids.
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NIATx Announces Opioid Treatment Provider Process Improvement Project

Up to to 30 opioid treatment providers will be selected to learn the NIATx model of process improvement. Funded by CSAT, this year-long project begins in August 2009 and seeks to improve access to and retention in opioid addiction treatment.
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OJJDP FY 09 Mentoring Research Program

The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), part of the U.S. Justice Department, plans to award $3.5 million for an evaluation of the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs in preventing juvenile delinquency.
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FY 2009 Partnerships for Success: State and Community Prevention Performance Grants

States may now apply for funding under a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) program designed to reduce statewide rates of alcohol and other drug abuse.
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Florida Blues' Sapphire Award

Programs that have improved the health outcomes of at-risk populations in Florida may apply for awards of up to $120,000 from the Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida.
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Lung Association: States Failing to Implement Tobacco Control Policies

The American Lung Association says that few U.S. states took substantive action in 2008 to reduce tobacco use and prevent smoking-related deaths.
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Marijuana Use Not a Major Penalty in NFL Draft

Marijuana use by some of the current crop of draftees in the National Football League (NFL) is causing less concern among teams than has been the case in recent years.
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Study: Teens Turn to Marijuana in Lieu of Prescription Drugs

Some teenagers are smoking marijuana for its medical benefits and not to get high, using the drug to self-medicate for conditions like depression, sleep problems, anxiety, stress, pain, and problems with concentration.
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Binge Drinking Damages White Matter in Adolescent Brain

A new MRI study finds that adolescents damage the white matter in their brain -- which helps relay information between brain cells -- when they binge on alcohol.
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