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.

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.

'Thirdhand Smoke' Lingers on Surfaces, Threatens Kids

Toxic dust from smoking settles on surfaces and dangerous volatile compounds disperse in the air, posing a risk to children and others from so-called "thirdhand smoke," experts say.

BAT Sought to Derail China Secondhand Smoke Regs by Downplaying Risk

In an effort to delay public smoking bans in China, the British American Tobacco Company (BAT) spread the message that secondhand smoke and smoking-related diseases were not as harmful as commonly perceived, according to a new report.