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.

Phillip Morris and Swedish Match to Sell 'Snus'

Phillip Morris International, Inc. and smokeless-tobacco maker Swedish Match are teaming up to sell the 'snus' form of tobacco snuff worldwide.

'Free the Bowl' Winners Announced

Marin Institute named three youth winners for their Free the Bowl video contest.

Va. Treatment Programs Get OxyContin Settlement Money

Virginia officials recently awarded $650,000 in grants to addiction treatment and prevention programs, distributing money from a settlement with the makers of the powerful painkiller OxyContin.

Adult Drug Court Research to Practice Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance will award grants of up to $500,000 for Adult Drug Court Research to Practice grants, which are intended to translate the latest research on drug courts into practical tools for the field to use.

Grants Support Small Steps Toward Behavioral Changes

Three grants of $5,000 each will be awarded for projects that encourage individuals to make positive changes in their health behaviors through innovative "nudges."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).