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.
Thousands of people have died since the Mexican government began a crackdown on drug cartels two years ago, but government officials say the violence is actually a sign of progress as trafficking gangs fight over smaller scraps of the drug business.
An aggressive legislative package proposed by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to fight underage drinking includes banning alcoholic energy drinks, classifying and taxing flavored malt beverages as liquor products, and allowing local communities to impose their own alcohol taxes.
Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has been officially announced as President Barack Obama's "drug czar" by the White House, but unlike his recent predecessors, he will not serve as a member of the president's Cabinet.
In a new study, researchers have determined that prenatal exposure to cigarette smoking, when combined with a specific genetic variant, places children at increased risk for aggressive behavior and other behavioral problems.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will award $34.5 million in grants to support programs that direct offenders with addiction problems to treatment rather than prison, via drug courts.