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.

'Truth' Campaign Can Save Half a Million Lives, Billions of Dollars

The truth youth anti-smoking campaign has the power to save hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars in smoking related health care costs and productivity losses, according to the Citizens’ Commission to Protect the Truth.

Smoking Could Make PTSD Worse

Researchers say that the effect of nicotine on brain activity may exacerbate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among smokers, and that alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by PTSD patients suggests the need for simultaneous treatment of co-occurring addictive and mental-health disorders.

Report Links Smoking and High Stress Levels

Concerns about the economy may cause smokers to light up more, but research suggests that smoking causes more stress, not less.

UC Davis Program Credited with Decrease in High-Risk Drinking

Students at the University of California at Davis are limiting the amount of high-risk drinking they participate in as a result of a major prevention initiative, a new survey concludes.

Author of Book on Addiction Struggles with Relapse

Nic Sheff has written a highly regarded book on addiction but is still waging a very public battle with relapse.

Rhode Island Now Has Nation's Highest Cigarette Tax

The nation's smallest state now has the highest tax on cigarettes in the U.S., levying $3.46 cents in taxes on every pack sold.

Mexico's Drug Violence on YouTube

Drug violence in Mexico has found a home on the Internet as cartels fill YouTube and chat rooms with videos of graphic, violent images.

Calif. Marijuana 'Legalize and Tax' Bill Languishes in Legislature

A California bill to legalize and tax marijuana, introduced in February by a state Assemblyman, has failed to attract any cosponsors in the state legislature.

Legalize Marijuana? Yes: It's Time to Rethink Marijuana Prohibition

Even if we weren't facing an economic crisis and Al Capone-style prohibition cartels at the border, ending the charade of marijuana prohibition would be the right thing to do, writes Alex Kreit.
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