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Robert A. Zucker, director of the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center, will receive the 2010 Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Researcher Award — the group’s highest honor, according to a June 15 announcement.

Zucker has directed the Michigan Longitudinal Study — which tracks the alcohol and other drug use histories of 2,200 people in 460 families — for the past 26 years, as well as conducting research into gene-based environmental relationships and the neural circuitry underlying addiction risk.

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Following up on the recent National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) meeting in the Hub, the Boston Herald has a nice article attesting to the effectiveness of naltrexone treatment.

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Hospitals in the U.K. admitted about 100 fewer heart-attack victims each month after a ban on indoor smoking went into effect in July 2007, the

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The collected papers of William White, an important author and historian in the addiction treatment and recovery field, are now online in a new website devoted to his writings.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently expressed support for the state’s new medical-marijuana law, but talks with lawmakers over when to put the law into

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Just under half of California residents express some level of support for a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in the state, according to a

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Starting July 1, store owners in Indiana will be required to check legal photo identification from all alcohol buyers, regardless of how old they appear,

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Facing a federal ban on terms like “light,” “mild,” “medium,” “low,” and similar descriptors on cigarette packs, tobacco companies are starting to use color-coding to

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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.”

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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.

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