Author Archives: Bob Curley

Experts Mull Impact of Proposed Single National Addictions Institute

Opponents of a proposed union between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the smaller National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) worry, in part, that combining these two National Institutes of Health (NIH) agencies as part of a proposed new, …

CASA Report Warns Parents about Nexus of Drugs and Gangs in Schools; Students Less Concerned

American students are essentially split over the question of whether their school is “drug free,” but students still cite drugs as a major problem facing people their age, according to a new survey of 12- to 17-year-olds from the Center …

Drug Policy: The Lindsey Lohan Effect

If actress/starlet/addict Lindsay Lohan accomplishes nothing else in this life -- and this seems increasingly probable -- we’ll at least be able to say that she has sparked a conversation about the relative merits of drug treatment versus incarceration. …

Go Go Gogek: New Blog on Drug Policy

Journalist, consultant and drug policy expert Jim Gogek -- whose background includes stints as an editorial writer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow, and communications chief for PIRE and the University of California at San Diego -- has launched ATODBlog, featuring discussions on tobacco-control policy, marijuana legalization, and dangerous drinking. …

Former NIAAA Deputy Director Tapped to Lead NACoA Board

Faye J. Calhoun has been named the board chairman of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), stepping up from her role as a board member since 2006. She replaces Carol B. Cisco, Ph.D., who will remain on the NACoA board. …

Help the FDA Snuff Out Smoking Myths

As new laws against labeling cigarettes as "light" and "mild" go into effect, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is enlisting the support of prevention groups and others in getting the word out that there’s no such thing as a "safe" or "safer" cigarette. …

Nadelmann: NYC the ’Marijuana Arrest Capital of the World’

More than half a million "stop and frisks" by police each year have led to 46,000 annual marijuana arrests in New York City -- mostly among blacks and Latinos -- writes Drug Policy Alliance director Ethan Nadelmann. …

Times Profiles Oakland Hero Doc

Diana Sylvestre, M.D., an Oakland, Calif., physician and Harvard Medical School grad, has devoted her practice to treating drug addicts, former addicts and others who have been infected with Hepatitis C. …

Condon Moving from NIDA to ONDCP

Timothy P. Condon, Ph.D., the current assistant director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), moved this week to the Office of National Drug Control Policy to take on the role of science policy advisor. Condon has been NIDA’s deputy director since 2004 and had worked at NIDA since 1992, previously serving as chief of the agency’s science policy branch and as NIDA’s first associate director for science policy. …