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.

UN Agency Warns on Marijuana, Prescription Drugs

The International Narcotics Control Board's annual report includes a warning against potent pot and calls for greater controls on Internet pharmacies, but also says that opiate-based painkillers need to be made more available globally.
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States Loosening Alcohol Laws to Raise Revenues

States across the U.S. are considering proposals to ease restrictions on alcohol sales in hopes of boosting tax revenues in a challenging fiscal environment.
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Funding for Interactive Games That Improve Health

A new grant program from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will provide funding to develop interactive games that improve health behaviors and outcomes.
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Drug-Free Communities Mentoring Program

Grants of up to $75,000 are available to current Drug-Free Communities programs that can provide mentoring services to new or developing community anti-drug coalitions.
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Entertainment Software Group Announces Youth Grants

The trade association for the computer and video game industry has announced the availability of grant funding for programs that advance the quality of life, health and welfare of youth.
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'Hackademy Awards' Raise Hackles

The 'winners' at the 'Hackademy Awards' differed from the films honored at this week's Oscars -- and the recipients didn't show up to pick up their awards. But the name of the program designed to raise awareness about smoking in movies, didn't sit well with the organizers of the Academy Awards.
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'Deadly in Pink' Report Targets Big Tobacco

A new report issued by a coalition of public-health organizations says that Big Tobacco is targeting women and girls with aggressive marketing campaigns that only new legislation from Congress can help address.
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