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.

Officials Say Mexican Bloodshed is Sign of Cartels' Desperation

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.

Number of Swedish Women Using 'Snus' Grows

In Sweden, more women smoke cigarettes than men, but a public smoking ban has led growing numbers of women to begin using 'snus' smokeless tobacco.

N.M. Attorney General Calls for Ban on Alcoholic Energy Drinks, New Taxes to Battle Underage Drinking

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.

'Father Martin' Dead at 84

The Rev. Joseph C. Martin, founder of Father Martin's Ashley treatment program and author of the book 'Chalk Talks on Alcohol,' died this week of heart failure at age 84.

It's Official: Kerlikowske to Head ONDCP, But Won't Serve in Obama's Cabinet

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.

Effect of Prenatal Smoking on Genes Increases Risk for Disruptive Behavior

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.

Byrne Recovery Act Funds Available

The U.S. Justice Department is currently accepting applications for Recovery Act grants under the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program.

Recovery Act Local Youth Mentoring Initiative

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the U.S. Justice Department will award funds from the 2009 Recovery Act to support local youth mentoring programs.

Adult Treatment Drug Courts Grants

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.

Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Grants

Veterans are a special focus for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) 2009 Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program.