Category results for "Advocacy"

At-Home Alcohol Consumption Rises

Sales of alcohol for consumption at home has grown 21 percent since 2004, according to market research firm Mintel, Food Product Design reported July 15. Those who imbibe at home are drinking nearly double what they would at restaurants and bars,…

Addiction and Mental Health: Words (Still) Matter

SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde reopened the long-running discussion on use of addiction and mental health language in an article in the March/April 2010 issue of SAMHSA News, where she asked readers to submit their suggestions and feedback on certain terms commonly used to describe addiction and mental illness.

Progress Against Teen Smoking Has Slowed, CDC Reports

Major declines in adolescent smoking achieved in the late 1990s and early 2000s slowed to a crawl between 2003 and 2009, the U.S. Centers on Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its biennial report on high-school smoking. The prevalence…

Report Cites Need to Address Smoking in Gay and Lesbian Community

Stigma and targeted marketing by the tobacco industry have contributed to a smoking rate among the gay and lesbian population that’s twice as high as for other Americans, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. “Although social…

Addicts Need to Deal with Stress to Ensure Recovery

Recovering addicts who failed to take steps to deal with the stress in their lives were more susceptible to craving  — a major predictor of relapse — according to researchers at Penn State University. Sify News reported June 24 that…

Laura Nissen to Depart Reclaiming Futures


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Reclaiming Futures project is beginning to transition from the relatively secure world of foundation funding to the more arduous task of seeking multiple sources of support, but will have to find its way without the stewardship of longtime national program director Laura Nissen.


Nissen announced on June 7 that she plans to step down in May 2011 once a successor is in place, citing a desire to “concentrate on teaching and research in my role as a faculty member at the School of Social Work at Portland State University.”

NYC’s Graphic Warning Signs Challenged in Court

The nation’s three largest tobacco companies have gone to court with a bid to block New York City from requiring retailers to post graphic images of smoking-related health problems wherever cigarettes are sold, the Associated Press reported June 5. Philip…

Officials Not Crazy About Potent ’Four Loko’ Energy Drink

A new energy drink called “Four Loko” has a 12-percent alcohol content and is loaded with caffeine and sugar, WABC-TV reported May 28. Twice the size of a regular can of soda, the 24-ounce energy drink sells for under $3…

Juarez Murders Tied to Success of Border Drug Enforcement

Success at inhibiting the flow of drugs from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, and other U.S. border towns may be fueling turf wars within the Mexican city, the Wall Street Journal reported May 22. Faced with a supply…

Colorado Schools Grapple with Medical Marijuana Law, Policy

Local officials and school administrators in Colorado are struggling to reconcile the state’s medical-marijuana laws with school drug policies, the Summit Daily News reported May 19. For example, students at Summit High School can be suspended or expelled for marijuana…

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