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.

Philip Morris Ordered to Pay Fla. Smoker's Widow $8 Million

In a precedent-setting case, a Florida jury has awarded the widow of a smoker $8 million in damages in her lawsuit against tobacco company Philip Morris.

Smokers Complain About Taste of 'Fire-Safe' Cigarettes

An increasing number of states have required that tobacco companies sell only fast-extinguishing cigarettes, but some smokers complain that the 'fire-safe' smokes don't taste good.

Phelps Won't Face Marijuana Charges

A county sheriff in South Carolina has decided not to pursue marijuana-related charges against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was photographed smoking from a bong at a University of South Carolina party last fall.

FY 2009 Adult Drug Court Planning and Training Program

The U.S. Department of Justice' Office of Justice Programs will award $900,000 in grants for adult drug court planning and training.

Funding for California Alcohol Control

Law-enforcement agencies in California can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to address alcohol-related problems through comprehensive alcoholic-beverage control programs, including education, prevention and enforcement.

Lesbian Health Fund Calls for Submissions

The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is accepting proposals for research on lesbian health, including addiction and mental-health issues.

Seattle's Top Cop to Be Obama's Drug Czar

Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske will be the Obama administration's nominee as the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the White House has confirmed.

Classroom Lesson to Help Teens Analyze 'March Madness' Beer Ads

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Media Literacy for Prevention, Critical Thinking, Self-Esteem, have created a free classroom lesson plan encouraging students to analyze beer commercials aired during this year's NCAA "March Madness" college basketball tournament.

Reclassification of Ecstasy Rejected by U.K. Government

The British government has rejected its own drug advisory panel's call for easing the penalties for using and selling ecstasy.
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