Tag Archives: Trends

Improving Compliance: New Long-Term Treatments for Opioid Addiction on Horizon

Compliance to daily drug regimens has been an ongoing challenge in opioid-addiction treatment, but, emerging long-term therapies may provide an effective solution. …

CADCA Pushes for STOP Reauthorization

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is calling for reauthorization of The Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act -- and wants your help to make it happen. …

Light Drinking: Is There Really a ’Safe’ Level During Pregnancy?

Although a new study suggests pregnant women who drink lightly do no harm to their babies, this outcome may have nothing to do with alcohol, experts say. …

New, Redesigned SAMHSA Website

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has redesigned its home page to correspond to its eights strategic initiatives and has launched an easy-to-use online publications store. …

Big Tobacco Fights Plain Packaging in Australia

You have to admire the guts of the Australian government, which has passed legislation requiring that cigarettes be sold in uniform brown wrappers beginning in 2012. Colorful branding and design elements will be eliminated in favor of graphic health warnings; cigarette brand names will appear in black type. But according to Jim Gogek on his blog, tobacco companies are fighting the Australian government?s plan -- and they are spending millions of dollars on a public relations campaign to help them do it. …

Advisory Group Recommends New Addictions Institute Replace NIAAA, NIDA

An expert working group recommended on Sept. 15 to replace the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with a new Institute on Addictions within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). …

Calif. Bill Would Ban Self-Checkout Alcohol Sales to Curb Teen Drinking

California should outlaw the sale of alcohol through self-checkout machines by passing a new bill, Marin Institute said in an action alert sent out Sept. 7. Marin Institute said the machines make it too easy for minors to get alcohol. …

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. …

Colo. Set to Regulate Medical Marijuana from ’Seed to Sale’

The head of Colorado’s medical-marijuana enforcement effort promises a comprehensive plan that other states could adopt as a model, the Washington Post reported July 25. “We plan to track the entire commodity from seed to sale,” said Matt Cook, senior …

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. …