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.

Calif. Judge Asks Fed for Clarification in Medical Marijuana Case

Sentencing of a California man convicted in a medical-marijuana case has been postponed while the judge seeks guidance from the Department of Justice.

Downturn's Upside: More Volunteers

As more Americans are laid off from their jobs, some are looking to fill their time, network or just give back to their communities by volunteering.

Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Grants

A total of $1.875 million in grants is available to juvenile drug courts that provide drug treatment to their clients.

Statewide Consumer Network Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced that it will award approximately a dozen Statewide Consumer Network Grants of up to $70,000 each, with total program funding estimated at $840,000 in FY2009.

Recovery Act National Youth Mentoring Programs

National nonprofit organizations may apply for funding under the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's FY 09 Recovery Act National Youth Mentoring Programs, part of the economic stimulus package recently passed by Congress.

Middle Schoolers 'Smoke' Smarties Candy

Middle-school students have found a new use for Smarties candy -- "smoking" them.

Sour Outlook for California 'Alcopops' Tax

Beverage makers are ignoring California's new law taxing sweet 'alcopop' drinks as liquor -- saying the tax doesn't apply to their products -- and the state has been stymied in its attempts to get information on alcopop ingredients.

FDA Tobacco Bill Falls Short, Physicians Group Says

American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) Tobacco Task Force head says the FDA tobacco bill "would do more harm than good."