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.

Legislators Move to Renew Children's Insurance Program

A bill to reauthorize a popular children's health insurance program is expected to be ready for President-elect Obama's signature soon after the inauguration.

New Treatment Methods for Returning Troops Sought

The U.S. government and experts from academia are looking for new ways to treat the growing number of American troops with addiction problems and post-traumatic stress disorders.

New York Gov. Slams Harsh Drug Laws, Calls for Reform

New York Gov. David Paterson harshly criticized his state's Rockefeller-era drug laws and called for reforming sentences for drug possession.

U.S. Prepares Border 'Surge' to Protect Against Drug Violence

The U.S. government is prepared to increase Border Patrol and possibly military law enforcement as part of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) plan to deal with drug-related violence spilling across the border with Mexico.

Drugs Top Agenda for Obama's Meeting with Mexican President

Mexico's bloody war with drug traffickers was at the top of the agenda as President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday.

States Forcing Tobacco Firms to Sell 'Fire-Safe' Cigarettes

A growing number of U.S. states now require the sale of so-called 'fire-safe' cigarettes, using local fire codes to get around lax federal cigarette regulations, USA Today reported Jan. 1.

Study: Recovery Coaches Reduce Number of Substance-Exposed Births

New research suggests that recovery coaches -- caseworkers with special training in addiction, relapse prevention, case management and counseling -- can cut the number of newborns exposed to alcohol or other drugs and can play an important role in reuniting families.
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