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.

Experts Embrace New Screening Tool for Doctors

Health experts are implementing a screening tool from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to help doctors screen patients for addiction behaviors during every visit.

One in Five Preventable Deaths Caused by Smoking

Smoking-related diseases cause about one out of every five preventable deaths in the U.S., making cigarettes the leading killer and even slightly eclipsing high blood pressure.

Study: Secondhand Smoke May Lower Kids' Antioxidant Levels

Children exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke have lower levels of antioxidants -- chemicals that protect against biological stresses -- a new study has found.

N.J. Considers Immunity for Underage Drinkers Who Seek Emergency Help

The New Jersey Senate is considering legislation that would shield minors from prosecution if they call the police for help when friends need medical attention because they drank too much alcohol.

Nominee for HHS Deputy Won't Work on Tobacco Issues

The Obama administration's rules on lobbyists holding government jobs would prevent a former tobacco-prevention advocate from working on tobacco issues as the second-highest official in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Texas Economist Calls 'Zero Tolerance' Laws Ineffective

Mandating drunk-driving charges against young drivers with any detectable amount of alcohol in their bodies has had no effect on the number of alcohol-related crashes or fatalities in the states where they have been implemented, according to a new study from a Sam Houston State University economics expert.

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.

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.