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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.

Parental smoking significantly influences the likelihood that children will take up cigarettes, according to a new study that suggests that the effect is especially potent during a child's pre-teen years.
Profits from the illegal narcotics trade are being laundered through bank deposits and stock investments as organized crime exploits the current global financial situation, according to a top United Nations antidrug official.
U.S. delegates to a United Nations drug summit are blocking an agreement that would include support for anti-drug harm-reduction strategies like needle exchanges, which were opposed by the Bush administration but supported by President Barack Obama.
Methylphenidate, sold as Ritalin for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, causes changes to neurons in the reward areas of the brain similar to those seen in cocaine users, according to new research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Smoking a single marijuana joint is equivalent to smoking 2.5 to 5 cigarettes in terms of damage to the lungs, largely due to differences in how pot and cigarette users smoke, according to researchers.
Indonesia's top Islamic body, the Ulema Council, has passed an edict restricting Muslims from smoking in public places.
More employers are hiring only nonsmokers, but even some tobacco-control experts say that employment discrimination against smokers is a bad idea.
More than 2,500 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from throughout the country will convene in Washington, D.C. for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 19th annual National Leadership Forum.