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.

Smoking Impedes Brain's Recovery from Alcohol Damage

Heavy drinkers can partly recover from alcohol-related brain damage with sustained abstinence, but new research shows that this process can be slowed if patients continue to smoke cigarettes.

New Drug Czar Disavows Drug 'War'

The Obama administration's new 'drug czar' says he is open to a fundamental rethinking of the nation's approach to preventing illicit-drug use and wants to cast aside the language of war in describing the effort.

New iPhone Application for Smoking Cessation

Smokers who use Apple iPhones now have an application available to help them quit smoking.

Tennessee House Approves Legislation to Allow Guns in Bars

The Tennessee House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow people who have handgun permits to bring the weapons into alcohol-serving establishments.

Obama Retains Ban on Federal Funding of Needle Exchange

Failing to keep a campaign promise, President Barack Obama has decided to keep in place a ban on using federal money to support needle-exchange programs.

Genetics May Influence Alcohol's Effect on Fetus

New animal research suggests that genetics may influence whether or not a child exposed to alcohol in-utero is born with birth defects.

'Rigorous' Study Examines Alcohol's Effect on Heart Disease

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are conducting a controlled blind study to determine whether a daily dose of alcohol can help prevent heart disease.