National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: An Opportune Time to Educate Youth on Substance Misuse and Abuse
Pop culture often perpetuates a false perception of the short and long-term implications of drug and alcohol misuse and abuse. Unfortunately, social media, television, internet, music and peer pressure often mislead teens to underestimate the serious ramifications of drug and alcohol use. In the month of January, National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week dedicates time and resources to helping youth learn and understand the true effects of drug use from experts in the field.
CADCA’s 27th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA’s 13th Prevention Day is located at the beautiful National Harbor, just a stone’s throw away from the nation’s capital. Whether you’re planning on arriving early, staying a few days, or just taking in the sights in your spare time, there is plenty to do at the National Harbor!
Every year, tradition calls for champagne corks to be popped and wine to be passed as family and friends gather to celebrate the holidays and new year. While the celebratory toasts invoke socialization and the spirit of the season, too much consumption can lead to dangerous consequences to yourself and those around you.
The Surgeon General of the United States recently released The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health – Facing Addiction in America. This landmark report uniquely describes what we know about substance misuse and how the challenges associated with it can cascade, affecting individuals, families and communities. However, unlike traditional reports, it not only provides facts and details, but is also a call to action. In the words of The Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek K.
It doesn't take a superhero to change a life. The Shelby County Drug Free Coalition has been buzzing with work, making that motto extraordinarily prevalent this month. Because it is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, we decided October would be the perfect month to kick start the Medicine Safety Youth Educators Pilot, supported by CADCA and McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
Over the course of the summer, I’ve had the privilege of interning for CADCA as I pursue a degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR) at George Mason University (GMU). GMU encourages internships as a way to apply a student’s choice of study within a professional setting, and working for this premier organization has achieved just that.
My name is Stevi Johnson. I am 11 years old and from Oklahoma. I went to CADCA Mid-Year and represented the IAMNDN coalition. I also attended the NYLI classes. My experience in the NYLI classes was fun. I liked the way the trainers in there taught. They were humorous and serious. I was one of the younger students in there. I presented two times, and yes, I did learn a lot.
“Are you drinking tonight?”
“Let’s get wasted.”
“I was so drunk I don’t remember anything from last night.”
As a college student, these are the conversations I’m surrounded by. Many students are far more concerned about their nighttime binge drinking plans than the big project that’s due next week. I saw far too many of my peers bent over a toilet throwing up, or even worse put into an ambulance because alcohol was to blame. They consider drinking a rite of passage, a way to make friends, and a way to have fun.
CADCA is excited to host our 2016 Mid-Year Training Institute in Las Vegas, and we can’t wait to welcome you to the "Entertainment Capital of the World!"
No Use of Alcohol, Nicotine, Marijuana and other Drugs for Reasons of Health
Alcohol, nicotine, marijuana and other illegal drugs are harmful to young brains and all are associated with negative outcomes such as pulmonary and cardiac disease, mental illness, deviant behavior, lower grades and diminished aspirations. Any illegal drug use by young people is not healthy.