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 […]
Florida’s plan to raid a tobacco endowment fund to plug state budgetary gaps is the most recent example of money from the nationwide tobacco settlement being used by states for non health-related purposes, the New York Times reported Jan. 13. Experts say the current recession puts settlement funds at even greater risk, and that states […]
NEW YORK, NY — The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)* at Columbia University announced today that Join Together will be merged into CASA and David L. Rosenbloom, Ph.D., will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of CASA on May 1, 2009, succeeding Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the former U.S. Secretary of […]
President-elect Barack Obama has selected William Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the New York Times reported Jan 14. Corr, who was a member of Obama’s transition team, served as chief of staff at the Department of Health […]
A study of 1,700 smokers concludes that those who smoke menthol cigarettes have more difficulty quitting, possibly because they take in more nicotine and carbon monoxide than smokers of other types of cigarettes. The study from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey found that smokers of menthol cigarettes — notably blacks and […]