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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.

Mentoring and transitional services for youths involved in the criminal-justice system will be funded under the U.S. Justice Department's Second Chance Juvenile Mentoring Initiative
Nonprofits, government agencies, schools and others may apply for the OJJDP FY 09 Gang Prevention Youth Mentoring Program.
The Drug Policy Alliance Network will award $1.4 million in grants to promote alternatives to current drug policy.
Programs that received funding under the FY2006 Prevention of Methamphetamine Abuse RFA from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) may apply for a share of $1.186 million in new grants.
The chairman of a House oversight committee last week chided the Obama administration for failing to live up to its rhetoric about ending the war on drugs and taking a new approach to preventing drug use, challenging the composition of President Obama's first drug budget during new drug czar Gil Kerlikowske's first appearance as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
Hospitality jobs are not affected by widespread indoor-smoking bans, according to a new report that says there is no economic justification for exempting bars and restaurants from smokefree-spaces laws.
Special-interest groups -- from labor unions to the alcohol industry -- are sending in lobbyists to fight plans to raise federal taxes to pay for national healthcare reform.
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has approved legislation allowing beer with higher alcohol content to be sold in restaurants, bars and some retail stores.
The Serbian Orthodox Church ordered an addiction-treatment center near the Serbian city of Novi Pazar to close after a video of a patient being beaten as part of his treatment surfaced on the Internet.
New research from the University of Georgia suggests that a family-based prevention program helps youth avoid binge drinking and other drug use even if they carry a gene linked to risky behaviors.
Substance abuse and addiction cost federal, state and local governments at least $467.7 billion in 2005, according to Shoveling Up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets, a new report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.
Faces & Voices of Recovery and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) are partnering for the 34th Marine Corps Marathon to raise public awareness and celebrate and honor recovery in all its diversity.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has voted 15-8 to approve a bill giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) power to regulate tobacco products.