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.

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.

Downturn's Upside: More Volunteers

As more Americans are laid off from their jobs, some are looking to fill their time, network or just give back to their communities by volunteering.

Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Grants

A total of $1.875 million in grants is available to juvenile drug courts that provide drug treatment to their clients.

Statewide Consumer Network Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced that it will award approximately a dozen Statewide Consumer Network Grants of up to $70,000 each, with total program funding estimated at $840,000 in FY2009.