What once was one of the largest and most notorious copper boomtowns in the American West— home to hundreds of saloons and an infamous “red-light district”— a place where, as Butte Cares’ Executive Director of Prevention Dan Haffey put it, “was a poor student’s spring break destination,” is now known as a fun place without as much alcohol abuse.
E-cigarettes, promoted as a way to “quit” regular cigarettes, may actually be a new route to conventional smoking and nicotine addiction for teenagers, according to a new University of California at San Francisco study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics.
A Los Angeles City Council committee announced Feb. 26 they are preparing groundwork for legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in public places, such as farmers markets, parks, recreational areas, beaches, bars, nightclubs and outdoor dining areas, according to Medical News Today.
The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of tobacco use among behavioral health populations and the case for tobacco cessation, compare and contrast two examples of policy implementation strategies from King County, Washington and Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Illinois, and identify available resources to help behavioral health consumers quit tobacco.
The purpose of this webinar is to present some of the national tobacco control partners featured in the “Helpful Resources” section of CADCA’s publication Strategizer 56: Creating Healthy, Tobacco-Free Environments. These organizations have maintained a solid commitment to reducing the harmful effects of tobacco use and have a library of unique strategies and resources to share with local community coalitions. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CADCA is proud to introduce our coalitions to some of CADCA’s leading national partners in tobacco-free living and honored to make new connections that will build stronger coalitions. Join us as we expand partners, advancing our mutual goal of improving public health by reducing tobacco use.
The purpose of this webinar is to hear from local coalition leaders successes and challenges in their populations implementing evidence-based tobacco use prevention strategies and how they tailored those strategies to their local conditions. The coalition leaders will share strategies, activities and outcomes that were key to reducing tobacco use rates in their community. The coalition will also share how they established tobacco –free policies and built new partnerships to inspire other coalitions working on these similar strategies.
Last week, the President released his FY 2014 Budget Request, which includes cuts to many programs that are key to the substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery fields. Click here to view a funding chart that compares the President’s FY 2014 Budget Request to the FY 2012 enacted levels (note: the comparison is being made to the FY 2012 enacted levels because it is not yet clear how the sequestration will impact each of the individual programs listed in the chart).
You could say that Idaho is in between a rock and a hard place. Whether it’s Washington and Colorado, where there are now recreational marijuana training programs; Oregon, where lawmakers will consider once again legalizing and taxing marijuana after legalization was defeated in the 2012 election; or Nevada, where a bill to make marijuana legal for adults was recently introduced in the Nevada Legislature, Idaho is surrounded by states where marijuana is either legal for medicinal or recreational use. Rather than waiting for marijuana legalization to take hold of their state, Idaho coalitions joined forces to get ahead of the problem.
Last week, CADCA participated in a press conference on Capitol Hill to support the reintroduction of the Stop the Tampering of Prescription Pills (STOPP) Act, the first federal legislation that would create a pathway to incentivize and eventually mandate the creation of physical and pharmacological abuse-deterrent formulations for commonly-abused painkillers. The bill was sponsored by Reps. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) and Hal Rogers (R-Ky.).
Attorney General Eric Holder declared the Department of Justice is nearly ready to announce how its law enforcement personnel and prosecutors will respond to the decision Colorado and Washington voters made in November to legalize marijuana use in their states.
CADCA’s Capitol Hill Day 2013 was a great success. We had a record number of members of Congress speak at our Opening Plenary and participants had meetings with over 250 members of Congress to educate them about substance abuse prevention efforts in their communities. If you met with your elected officials, CADCA wants to hear about it.
Dr. Kevin Sabet, co-founder, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and Assistant Professor, University of Florida, published an op-ed in the Huffington Post debunking last week’s highly-publicized Chicago Tribune opinion article by a member of the paper’s editorial board, Steven Chapman, called “The War On Pot: Not a Safe Bet.”
In preparation for Capitol Hill Day at the Forum, CADCA’s Public Policy team is hosting a Capitol Hill Day webinar on Jan. 24th at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will help prepare you in advance for your meetings with your members of Congress. The public policy team will walk you through the steps on what to bring with you, how to best conduct your meetings on Capitol Hill Day, and why you should get involved.
Capitol Hill Day, Wednesday, Feb. 6, is one of the most exciting events at the Forum, providing participants from across the country the opportunity to educate policymakers in Congress about the importance of substance abuse prevention.