Author Archives: Benjamin Chambers

Cigarette Shipments Down, But Tobacco Giant’s Profits Up

Well, this is good news: the largest tobacco company in the United States, Altria Group Inc., reported that its fourth-quarter earnings went up 27 percent, even though shipments of cigarettes dropped seven percent in the same time period.  …

Improved Health Care Coordination for Military Families

"Improving the ""well-being and psychological health"" of military families got top billing when The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced via email its participation in a new federal effort to provide better support to American service personnel and their loved ones. " …

How to Outlaw Supersized Alcopops: A Model for States

"Marin Institute is distributing a model statute that states can use to craft their own legislation to limit ’alcopops’ -- the sweetly-flavored malt beverages that contain up to 12 percent alcohol." …

$9.35 Million in Drug Free Communities Support Grants Available

Community coalitions ’working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth’ may be eligible to apply for competitive grants from The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). …

SAMHSA Webinar: Creating Healthy Work Environments in Homeless Services

Anyone working in homeless services is at risk of burnout. Learn some of the best ways to support your staff at all levels in this free webinar for direct service workers, case managers, team leaders and supervisors, on Jan. 27. …

Hazelden Launches Addiction Treatment Program Just for Lawyers

Hazelden, the Minnesota-based addiction treatment center, has created what may be the first in-patient program in the nation specifically designed for attorneys. …

North Carolina: The True Cost of Privatizing Liquor Sales

There’s always room for fine-tuning regulatory systems. But when it comes to alcohol, the free market isn’t cheaper. …

SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for $45.9 million in state and tribal youth suicide prevention grants, and $5.5 million in campus suicide prevention grants. …

Alcohol Withdrawal in the E.R.: A Maze of Red Tape

You’d think recent advances in health reform would have made it easier to get mental health and substance abuse treatment. Think again. Paul Christopher, M.D., follows the case of an adult man desperately needing care for alcohol withdrawal -- but red tape is keeping the man from getting the hospital bed that his insurance is supposed to cover. …