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.

The Rev. Joseph C. Martin, founder of Father Martin's Ashley treatment program and author of the book 'Chalk Talks on Alcohol,' died this week of heart failure at age 84.
Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has been officially announced as President Barack Obama's "drug czar" by the White House, but unlike his recent predecessors, he will not serve as a member of the president's Cabinet.
In a new study, researchers have determined that prenatal exposure to cigarette smoking, when combined with a specific genetic variant, places children at increased risk for aggressive behavior and other behavioral problems.
The U.S. Justice Department is currently accepting applications for Recovery Act grants under the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the U.S. Justice Department will award funds from the 2009 Recovery Act to support local youth mentoring programs.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will award $34.5 million in grants to support programs that direct offenders with addiction problems to treatment rather than prison, via drug courts.
Veterans are a special focus for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) 2009 Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program.
Backers of a bill that would repeal the remainder of New York's Rockefeller-era drug laws have decided to alter their approach to getting the bill passed in hopes of avoiding charges of being soft on crime.
Recent comments by Attorney General Eric Holder have apparently sent mixed signals to prosecutors in California about the Obama administration's approach to medical-marijuana cases.
Legislation that authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the sale and marketing of tobacco products has passed a congressional panel and is now headed to a hearing by the full House of Representatives.
New research out of the University of Kentucky suggests that older social drinkers become intoxicated faster than younger social drinkers and that older drinkers may not realize they are drunk.