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.

In a precedent-setting case, a Florida jury has awarded the widow of a smoker $8 million in damages in her lawsuit against tobacco company Philip Morris.
An increasing number of states have required that tobacco companies sell only fast-extinguishing cigarettes, but some smokers complain that the 'fire-safe' smokes don't taste good.
A county sheriff in South Carolina has decided not to pursue marijuana-related charges against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was photographed smoking from a bong at a University of South Carolina party last fall.
The U.S. Department of Justice' Office of Justice Programs will award $900,000 in grants for adult drug court planning and training.
Law-enforcement agencies in California can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to address alcohol-related problems through comprehensive alcoholic-beverage control programs, including education, prevention and enforcement.
The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is accepting proposals for research on lesbian health, including addiction and mental-health issues.
Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske will be the Obama administration's nominee as the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the White House has confirmed.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Media Literacy for Prevention, Critical Thinking, Self-Esteem, have created a free classroom lesson plan encouraging students to analyze beer commercials aired during this year's NCAA "March Madness" college basketball tournament.
The British government has rejected its own drug advisory panel's call for easing the penalties for using and selling ecstasy.