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.

RWJF Local Funding Partners Grants

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is now accepting applications for its Local Funding Partnerships program; up to $6 million will be awarded in the 2010 grant cycle.

California Does Not Need Any More Marijuana Users

A California lawmaker has proposed legalizing and taxing marijuana to help rescue the state budget, but California cannot afford more stoned people, says public-health writer Jim Gogek.

Senate Approves Funds to Fight Border Violence

The U.S. Senate has approved a $550-million package to help combat growing drug violence in Mexico and the U.S. border region.

Family Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will award $3.8 million in grants under the Family Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Grants for Adolescents and their Families program.

Offender Reentry Program Grants

The federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) will award $8.2 million in grants under the Offender Reentry Program, designed to "expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced juvenile and adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal/juvenile offenses."

Grants to Help Families Hit by Addiction, AIDS

The federal Administration for Children and Families will award $3.8 million in grants to nonprofits and public agencies that provide support services to families affected by addiction and HIV/AIDS.

Tides Grants for Indigenous Women

Programs that provide health services to women and girls in native communities in the U.S. are among those that may apply for funding through the Tides Foundation's Indigenous People's Fund.

'Wet' Homeless Shelters Can Save Public Money, Study Says

A new study finds that homeless shelters that allow alcoholic residents to continue to drink alcohol can save taxpayers money and still facilitate declines in alcohol consumption.

MADD and State Farm Team for Service Learning Projects

Fifteen grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to service-learning projects focused on underage drinking prevention and vehicle safety, via a partnership between the State Farm insurance company and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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.