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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.

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.
Alan Landers -- best known as the face of Winston cigarettes -- passed away at the age of 68 after a long struggle with throat cancer.
The increasing popularity of 'e-cigarettes' -- electronic nicotine-delivery systems -- has critics, defenders and health organizations in China, the U.S. and elsewhere taking notice.
Mexico's President Felipe Calderon said he plans to quell Mexico's drug violence by the end of his term, which ends in 2012.
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals, and prevention organizations are battling tobacco ads aimed at the gay population as well as taking some unique approaches to changing the community's smoking culture.
Programs that provide addiction treatment for the homeless are eligible for grants of up to $350,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has funding available to support community-based programs that provide mentoring to at-risk individuals.
Programs that provide supportive housing for people with addictions may apply for a share of $1.5 million in grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Public and private nonprofit organizations may apply for funding that supports the development and use of local recovery-oriented systems of care which help fill gaps between addiction treatment need and capacity.
Grants of up to $750,000 will be awarded under the U.S. Department of Justice's Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative, which supports demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated.