Proposed FDA Plan on Prescription Drugs Rejected

July 30, 2010 reports on prescription drug abuse. A lack of mandated training for physicians has helped end a U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal intended to curb misuse of prescription drugs, the New York Times reported July 23.

The FDA advisory committee voted 25-10 to reject the plan, with most members saying the proposal was not stringent enough to effectively cut the misuse of drugs like OxyContin, fentanyl, and methadone. The agency typically goes along with its advisory-council recommendations.

The plan urged doctors to get voluntary training in prescribing powerful painkillers but did not make it a requirement.



July 29, 2010 reports on the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released “America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010.” This report continues a series of annual reports to the nation on the well-being of children in the United States. The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences, in cooperation with 21 other federal agencies, contributes indicators to the report and supports its production.

According to the report’s section on education, eighth graders’ average mathematics scale scores increased between 2007 and 2009, as did eighth graders’ average reading scale scores. Not all the report’s findings were positive, however; the proportion of youth aged 16-19 who were neither enrolled in school nor working increased from 8 percent to 9 percent between 2008 and 2009.

You can view, download, and print the report at

Condon Moving from NIDA to ONDCP

July 28, 2010 reports on 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.

Dr. Condon’s  role at NIDA as Deputy Director included developing, implementing, and managing NIDA’s research programs, particularly those with a translational emphasis, such as NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network, the Blending Research and Practice Initiative, a National Judicial Training Project, and the recent NIDAMED outreach program for physicians.

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Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

July 26, 2010

Grant: Local Funding Partnerships 2011 – For community-funder partnership projects designed to improve the health of vulnerable people.

Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Eligibility: Independent and private foundations, family and community foundations, and corporate and other philanthropies.

Deadline: Stage 1 brief proposals, June 30; stage 2 full proposals, Nov. 10.

Amount: Up to 12 matching grants of $200,000 to $500,000 each.


Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

July 26, 2010

Grant: Benefiting Women and Girls – To support projects that promote gender, racial, social, economic and/or environmental justice among women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities.

Funder: Open Meadows Foundation.

Eligibility: Nonprofits with budgets of less than $150,000.

Deadline: Aug 14.

Amount: Multiple awards of $2,000 each.


Tobacco Ads in Stores Lure Teens, Should Be Banned: Researchers

July 26, 2010 reports on tobacco ads in stores and the influence they have on teens. Teens who regularly visit stores that display point-of-sale ads for tobacco products were twice as likely to try smoking — a finding researchers said argues for a complete ban on such advertising.

HealthDay News reported July 19 that researchers who surveyed 2,110 teens ages 11-14 found that — contrary to industry claims — point-of-sale ads are highly effective in motivating teens to smoke. Such ads represent 90 percent of all tobacco-industry spending on advertising.

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HHS’ CDC’s DASH Releases New Health and Academic Achievement Resources

July 23, 2010

HHS’ CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has just released new student health and academic achievement resources that are based on an analysis of the newly released 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data.

To learn more about the relationship between student health and academic achievement and download the fact sheets and slides at

More information on the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data at the national, state, and local level is available at

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