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.

RWJF: Local Funding Partnerships Against Violence

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking to partner with local grantmakers to fund projects that reduce violence in specific racial, ethnic, tribal, gender or sexually based, or rural/frontier communities.

Underage Drinking Grants Target Air Force

The Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will award grants of up to $500,000 under its 2009 Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Discretionary Program: Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking.

Funding for Research on Alcohol, Mental Health, AIDS

Applications are now being accepted for Collaborative R01s for Clinical and Services Studies of Mental Disorders, AIDS and Alcohol Use Disorders, research grants funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH).

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Community Treatment and Services Center Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is soliciting applications for the 2009 National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Community Treatment and Services Center Grants, intended to improve treatment and other services to children who have experienced traumatic events.

$1 Billion in Recovery Funds for Community Services Block Grant

Community-based nonprofits can tap into an extra $1 billion in funding for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) -- part of the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

2010 Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Planned in Arizona

Backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, medical-marijuana advocates in Arizona plan to submit a ballot proposal to the state that would legalize marijuana for medical use.

Former Prosecutor Named U.S. 'Border Czar'

Alan Bersin, who served as a federal prosecutor in the Clinton administration, has been named the Obama administration's 'border czar.'

'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.