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.

Florida Blue Foundation Makes Community Health Grants

The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida is now accepting applications for its 2009 grantmaking, which focuses on community-based solutions to the state's health problems.
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Smoking Parents Influence Adolescent Tobacco Use

Parental smoking significantly influences the likelihood that children will take up cigarettes, according to a new study that suggests that the effect is especially potent during a child's pre-teen years.
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Drug Profits 'Infect' Financial System, U.N. Official Says

Profits from the illegal narcotics trade are being laundered through bank deposits and stock investments as organized crime exploits the current global financial situation, according to a top United Nations antidrug official.
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Holdover Bush Drug Policies Create Standoff at U.N. Summit

U.S. delegates to a United Nations drug summit are blocking an agreement that would include support for anti-drug harm-reduction strategies like needle exchanges, which were opposed by the Bush administration but supported by President Barack Obama.
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Ritalin Causes Brain Changes Similar to Cocaine, NIDA Says

Methylphenidate, sold as Ritalin for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, causes changes to neurons in the reward areas of the brain similar to those seen in cocaine users, according to new research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
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Study Says Smoking Marijuana Worse for Lungs than Cigarettes

Smoking a single marijuana joint is equivalent to smoking 2.5 to 5 cigarettes in terms of damage to the lungs, largely due to differences in how pot and cigarette users smoke, according to researchers.
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Indonesian Islamic Leaders Ban Smoking

Indonesia's top Islamic body, the Ulema Council, has passed an edict restricting Muslims from smoking in public places.
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