Kentucky and Arkansas have joined New York and California in the latest push by state legislators to increase alcohol taxes as a way to address budgetary shortfalls, the Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 17. Peter Cressy, chief executive of the trade group Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, said that about 10 states are […]
Charities are used to companies cutting back grants during tough economic times, but the current recession also is putting a bite on corporate matching-gift programs. The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 14 that firms like Northrop Grumman, GM and Pfizer have either cut or eliminated their matching-gifts programs. Other companies have barred retirees and part-timers […]
The Northwest chapter of the American Lung Association has been barred from using the national organization’s donor lists and name or spending money by a Seattle judge, the Associated Press reported Jan. 5. The chapter ran afoul of the national association after it transferred its headquarters building and $600,000 in assets to a new charitable entity. […]
Confidence in fundraising has plunged to the lowest level since at least 1998, according to the latest data from the Philanthropic Giving Index (PGI). Nonprofit fundraising professionals surveyed by researchers at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University gave an overall PGI score of 64.8 in December, down 21.7 percent in six months and 27 […]
Addiction treatment and prevention groups can learn capacity-building strategies from a free seminar developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The seminar, available for download as an audio recording or transcript from the RWJF website, was developed for the foundation’s treatment and prevention grantees but can be used by any addiction-related organization. The seminar focuses […]
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide whether allowing schools to conduct strip-searches is a reasonable way to prevent drug use in schools; the court is reviewing a case where a school official ordered a strip-search of a middle-school student to see if she was carrying prescription-strength ibuprofen, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. […]
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will award $10 million to enable national organizations to provide mentoring services to special high-risk youth populations.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) claims to have the “most conservative and restrictive approach to advertising of any sports organization,” but the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says that the rate of beer advertising during the 2008 NCAA Final Four basketball tournament was twice that of college football’s recent Bowl Championship […]
People who are mildly dependent on alcohol may have success with cutting back on drinking using moderation-management techniques, but more severely dependent individuals should seek an abstinence-based approach to recovery, according to researchers. Reuters reported Jan. 16 that a series of reports published in the Harvard Mental Health Letter concluded that drinkers who are moderately dependent […]
Moderate drinkers ages 50 and older were less likely to suffer debilitating health problems than those who abstained from drinking and those who drank heavily, according to researchers from UCLA. MedPage Today reported Jan. 16 that the study, while confirming the health benefits of moderate alcohol use, also showed that drinking in moderation only improved […]
The world’s second-largest brewing conglomerate said that sales unexpectedly slid in the third quarter of 2008, with the weakening global economy getting the blame, Fox News reported Jan. 16. SABMiller said that beer sales fell 1 percent during the quarter ending Dec. 31, and announced that some jobs would be cut as the company — […]
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and to fund the program by raising federal tobacco taxes, the Phoenix Business Journal reported Jan. 14. Revenue gained from a 61-cent federal tax increase per pack of cigarettes will be used to fund the $33-billion plan to […]
City Council members in Federal Heights, Colo. have decided to lower the municipal fine for marijuana possession from $1,000 to $500 for possession of one ounce or less of the drug, the Denver Post reported Jan. 12. Jail sentences for minor marijuana possession also were eliminated. Council members said they wanted to limit the financial […]
CSPI Study Reveals More Beer Ads, Lax Policies than Other Televised Sporting Events Despite its claim that the National Collegiate Athletic Association has the most “conservative and restrictive approach” with regard to alcohol advertising of any sporting organization, an analysis by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest reveals otherwise. CSPI looked at […]
Ingesting the amount of caffeine contained in seven cups of instant coffee could cause drinkers to experience hallucinations, according to researchers at Durham University. Bloomberg reported Jan. 14 that individuals who consumed more than 330 mg of caffeine daily were three times more likely to experience hallucinations than those who consumed less than 10 mg […]
The Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2009 Drug Free Communities Support Program has been released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The economic stimulus package being considered by Congress should include an increase of at least $100 million for the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant as well as more funding for addiction services under the Medicaid program, according to a letter sent to Congressional leaders by the National Association of State Alcohol […]
The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for its Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program, which supports development and implementation of comprehensive, community-wide plans to create safe and drug-free schools and promote healthy childhood development.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University announced that Join Together will be merged into CASA and David L. Rosenbloom, Ph.D., will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of CASA. Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare who founded CASA in 1992 and has been its Chairman and President since that time, will continue to serve as CASA chairman.
Just days before the inauguration of Barack Obama, President George Bush named the White House’s point person on drug supply reduction to serve as acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). With current “drug czar” John Walters set to depart ONDCP on Jan. 20 — along with the man who appointed him […]