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.

Advocates Call on 'Tween Stores to Stop Selling Flasks

Underage drinking advocates are calling on the teen accessory store chain, Icing by Claire’s, to stop selling girl-friendly flasks.

Oregon Partnership Tells Claire's: Response To Flask Flap Comes Up Woefully Short

Oregon Partnership announced that Icing by Claire’s says it will continue selling the flasks at its 3,000 stores, but will post signs at store counters supporting “responsible” alcohol consumption.

Oregon Partnership Tells Claire’s Stores: Don’t Sell Flasks To Young Customers!

Oregon Partnership has asked the CEO of Claire’s Stores, Inc. to stop the sale of alcohol flasks in its Icing by Claire’s stores.

New York Looks to Regulate 'Sober Homes'

The recent deaths of two residents of "sober homes" in New York State has revived an initiative to find effective methods for state government to regulate group housing for recovering addicts.

'Spice' Banned in Germany

A marijuana-like drug called 'Spice' has been banned by the German government.

Multiple Studies Look at Medical Uses of Ecstasy

Research studies at Harvard University and in South Carolina, Switzerland and Israel could determine whether there are legitimate medical uses for the club drug MDMA, a.k.a. ecstasy.

'Chipping' Could Become Primary Means of Tobacco Use

Growing restrictions on tobacco use and higher prices for cigarettes could make more smokers into 'chippers' -- light smokers who light up perhaps a few times a day, mostly socially, and have no desire to quit.

Forbes Names 'Drug Capitals of America'

Big cities like New Orleans and Baltimore and small communities like Espanola, N.M., have been named on Forbes magazine's list of 'Drug Capitals of America.'

Smoking Cessation Leadership Academy

Honoraria of $1,000 and free training and technical assistance are available to all current grantees of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) who incorporate certain smoking-cessation actions into their programs.

Army's Approach to Drug Treatment Criticized

While more returning U.S. soldiers struggle with addiction to painkillers prescribed by Army doctors to treat their combat injuries, the U.S. Army's approach to treating addicted soldiers is drawing increasing criticism.