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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.

Smokers who use Apple iPhones now have an application available to help them quit smoking.
The Tennessee House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow people who have handgun permits to bring the weapons into alcohol-serving establishments.
Failing to keep a campaign promise, President Barack Obama has decided to keep in place a ban on using federal money to support needle-exchange programs.
New animal research suggests that genetics may influence whether or not a child exposed to alcohol in-utero is born with birth defects.
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are conducting a controlled blind study to determine whether a daily dose of alcohol can help prevent heart disease.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week that he is "for an open debate" on the question of whether marijuana should be legalized, taxed and regulated in order to generate revenue for the state.
William Corr, formerly the head of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), has been confirmed as the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate.
The first budget plan submitted to Congress by President Barack Obama includes an overall increase in funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) but calls for elimination of the Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFS) state grants program as part of $17 billion in cuts to programs deemed wasteful or ineffective.