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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.

Up to to 30 opioid treatment providers will be selected to learn the NIATx model of process improvement. Funded by CSAT, this year-long project begins in August 2009 and seeks to improve access to and retention in opioid addiction treatment.
The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), part of the U.S. Justice Department, plans to award $3.5 million for an evaluation of the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs in preventing juvenile delinquency.
States may now apply for funding under a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) program designed to reduce statewide rates of alcohol and other drug abuse.
Programs that have improved the health outcomes of at-risk populations in Florida may apply for awards of up to $120,000 from the Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida.
The American Lung Association says that few U.S. states took substantive action in 2008 to reduce tobacco use and prevent smoking-related deaths.
Marijuana use by some of the current crop of draftees in the National Football League (NFL) is causing less concern among teams than has been the case in recent years.
Some teenagers are smoking marijuana for its medical benefits and not to get high, using the drug to self-medicate for conditions like depression, sleep problems, anxiety, stress, pain, and problems with concentration.
A new MRI study finds that adolescents damage the white matter in their brain -- which helps relay information between brain cells -- when they binge on alcohol.