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.

NIDA Capacity-Building Grants

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will award R34 research grants to support projects that facilitate the implementation of evidence-based practices in addiction treatment and prevention.

'E.R.' Producer Bases Series Finale on Family Tragedy

John Wells, executive producer of the long-running television drama "E.R." incorporated the alcohol-poisoning death of his 17-year-old niece into the series finale.

One Million People Learn 'How Much is Too Much?'

At, over one million people have now taken a confidential, free online screening test to assess their drinking patterns -- just in time for Alcohol Awareness Month.

CDC Says Typical Binge Drinker is White, Young, Relatively Affluent Male

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that binge drinking is most common among whites, men, individuals aged 18-24, and those with an annual income of more than $50,000 annually.

Survey: Women Buy Eight Out of Ten Bottles of Wine

Women buy eight out of every 10 bottles of wine that are consumed at home, according to a new British survey.

THC Appears to Promote Cancer Cell Death, Study Says

New research from Spain suggests that THC – the main active ingredient in marijuana – may have potential for fighting cancer by promoting cancer cell death.

Cigarette Tax Increase Causing More Smokers to Quit

The 62-cent-per-pack federal tax increase on cigarettes -- earmarked to fund the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program -- has resulted in a surge in smokers looking for help to quit.

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.