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.

High-Alcohol 'Extreme Beers' Worry U.K. Health Officials

A new breed of "extreme beers" -- full-bodied bitters with up to 12 percent alcohol and names like Punk IPA and Speed Ball -- are raising concerns with U.K. health officials already grappling with huge societal drinking problems.

Smokers Who Quit Early in Pregnancy Lower Risk of Premature Birth

New research suggests that women who stop smoking before their 15th week of pregnancy reduce their risk of giving birth prematurely and delivering small babies -- providing a window for doctors to counsel women in early pregnancy to quit before any damage is done to their unborn children.

New Jersey Senator Calls for FDA to Ban E-Cigarettes

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is calling for a ban on 'e-cigarettes' -- electronic nicotine delivery-devices that resemble normal cigarettes but don't burn tobacco -- until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certifies that they are safe.

Mass. Towns Seek Ban on Public Marijuana Use

Massachusetts towns are enacting bylaws that impose fines for public smoking of marijuana – a tactic that advocates consider an effort to subvert the will of voters who overwhelmingly approved marijuana decriminalization in the Commonwealth last fall.

Ohio Prosecutors Propose Elimination of Some Mandatory Prison Sentences

Ohio criminal prosecutors are backing a plan to eliminate some mandatory prison sentences for trafficking and possessing chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

Calif. Judge Asks Fed for Clarification in Medical Marijuana Case

Sentencing of a California man convicted in a medical-marijuana case has been postponed while the judge seeks guidance from the Department of Justice.
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