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.

N.Y. Senate Delays Action on Rockefeller Drug Laws

Backers of a bill that would repeal the remainder of New York's Rockefeller-era drug laws have decided to alter their approach to getting the bill passed in hopes of avoiding charges of being soft on crime.

Confusion Reigns on Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

Recent comments by Attorney General Eric Holder have apparently sent mixed signals to prosecutors in California about the Obama administration's approach to medical-marijuana cases.

Tobacco Regulation Bill Passes House Committee

Legislation that authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the sale and marketing of tobacco products has passed a congressional panel and is now headed to a hearing by the full House of Representatives.

Study: Older Drinkers May Get Drunk Faster

New research out of the University of Kentucky suggests that older social drinkers become intoxicated faster than younger social drinkers and that older drinkers may not realize they are drunk.

'Winston Man' Alan Landers Dies After Battle with Cancer

Alan Landers -- best known as the face of Winston cigarettes -- passed away at the age of 68 after a long struggle with throat cancer.

Popularity of E-Cigarettes Raising Concerns

The increasing popularity of 'e-cigarettes' -- electronic nicotine-delivery systems -- has critics, defenders and health organizations in China, the U.S. and elsewhere taking notice.

Mexico President Vows to Crush Drug Violence by 2012

Mexico's President Felipe Calderon said he plans to quell Mexico's drug violence by the end of his term, which ends in 2012.

Prevention Groups Battle Smoking Among Gays

Gays, lesbians and bisexuals are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals, and prevention organizations are battling tobacco ads aimed at the gay population as well as taking some unique approaches to changing the community's smoking culture.

Treatment for Homeless Grants

Programs that provide addiction treatment for the homeless are eligible for grants of up to $350,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Justice Department Mentoring Grants

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has funding available to support community-based programs that provide mentoring to at-risk individuals.

Grants for Supportive Housing Services

Programs that provide supportive housing for people with addictions may apply for a share of $1.5 million in grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Grants for Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

Public and private nonprofit organizations may apply for funding that supports the development and use of local recovery-oriented systems of care which help fill gaps between addiction treatment need and capacity.

Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative

Grants of up to $750,000 will be awarded under the U.S. Department of Justice's Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative, which supports demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated.