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.

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.

Recovery Act National Youth Mentoring Programs

National nonprofit organizations may apply for funding under the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's FY 09 Recovery Act National Youth Mentoring Programs, part of the economic stimulus package recently passed by Congress.

Middle Schoolers 'Smoke' Smarties Candy

Middle-school students have found a new use for Smarties candy -- "smoking" them.

Sour Outlook for California 'Alcopops' Tax

Beverage makers are ignoring California's new law taxing sweet 'alcopop' drinks as liquor -- saying the tax doesn't apply to their products -- and the state has been stymied in its attempts to get information on alcopop ingredients.

FDA Tobacco Bill Falls Short, Physicians Group Says

American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) Tobacco Task Force head says the FDA tobacco bill "would do more harm than good."

Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend, Doctors Face Drug Charges

California authorities have charged Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, Howard Kevin Stern, and her doctors with illegally supplying Smith with prescription drugs.

Pain and the Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids

This population-based survey collected demographic, psychiatric, and substance use data to determine whether nonmedical use of prescription opioids is driven by untreated pain.

Intensive Case Management Improves Abstinence and Employment among Substance Dependent Women Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

In this study, researchers examined 2-year differences in abstinence and employment outcomes among women with substance dependence receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Methadone Patients Fare as Well as Other Patients in Therapeutic Community Treatment for Opioid Dependence

Many therapeutic communities adhere to a drug-free philosophy and refuse to admit patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Researchers compared outcomes in patients receiving MMT and patients not receiving MMT who participated in a 12-month treatment program for opioid dependence.