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.

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.

College Students More Likely to Misuse Adderall, Study Finds

College students between the ages of 18 and 22 were twice as likely to use the amphetamine drug Adderall nonmedically as those who had not been in college at all or were only part-time students, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

Drinking and Biking Deadly in NYC

One in five people who died in bicycle accidents in New York City had alcohol present in their bodies at the time of their fatal crash.

FDA Allows Liquid Morphine to Remain on Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has exempted a liquid morphine painkiller from a crackdown on unapproved drugs.

Light Smokers Profiled: Young Blacks, Hispanics More Likely to 'Chip'

Intermittent or 'light' smokers have recently received more attention from the media and researchers, and a new study finds that young adults and members of certain minority groups are more likely to smoke less than six cigarettes daily.