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Advocacy Groups Merge to Support Implementation of Healthcare Reform

Two closely aligned groups advocating for addiction and mental-health programs in national healthcare reform have agreed to a merger. The mental-health field’s Whole Health Campaign and the addiction community’s Coalition for Whole Health, which both successfully argued for inclusion of …

Budget Cuts Gut Mo. Alcohol Enforcement

The Missouri legislature has cut over $1 million from its Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, leaving just five agents to monitor 12,000 liquor licenses, the Associated Press reported June 14. The burden will now be on local law enforcement …

’Icing’ Drinking Game Goes Viral; Smirnoff Denies Responsibility

From college campuses across the U.S. to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, “icing” has become the first viral drinking game of the modern era, the New York Times reported June 8. A modification of “tag” involving alcohol, players “ice” one another …

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." …

Join Together News Roundup for June 2, 2010

Here’s a retailer that doesn’t discount public opinion: the owner of TJ Maxx pulled drinking games from store shelves after an inquiry from a Boston reporter ... a Saudi treatment program is looking to the U.S. for a model for improving services in a country where Islam prohibits any use of alcohol or other drugs ... Pink cigarettes, anyone? Tobacco companies are ramping up marketing to women in poor countries as smoking among men declines ... No spitting, smoking or swearing: An upstate New York college is using positive peer pressure to fight bad behaviors. …

Groups Seek $210 Million More for Block Grant

The Obama administration’s 2011 budget calls for flat funding of the $1.79-billion Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant, but advocates are appealing to Congress to boost funding for the formula grant to states by $210 million. …

Head of Addiction Treatment Providers’ Group Fired

Ronald J. Hunsicker, the longtime president and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), has been fired by the group’s board of directors, Addiction Professional reported May 13. The board named Dennis Gilhousen, former CEO of the …

Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Nicotine Addiction

Genetic markers for smoking initiation, smoking cessation, and heavy smoking have been identified by researchers who hope that the information could someday be used to identify individuals at high risk of nicotine addiction and match them to effective treatment, HealthDay …

One in Three Elderly Drinkers Face High Risk of Harm, Study Finds

One-third of American drinkers over age 60 consume excessive amounts of alcohol, are at risk of dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications, or have illnesses that can be exacerbated by drinking, according to researchers at the David Geffen School of …

FDA Urged to Halt Sales of Dissolvable Tobacco Products

Dissolvable-tobacco products like Camel Orbs, Sticks, and Strips pose a potentially fatal overdose risk to children and should be banned from sale until more safety research is conducted, according to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). The Hill reported April 24 that …