The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a new analysis of data from the 2009 and 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealing that the majority of new or occasional nonmedical users of pain relievers obtained the drug from family or friends for free or took them without asking. In contrast, frequent or chronic users (those who used pain relievers non-medically once a week or more on average in the past year) were more likely to obtain the drug from doctors or by buying them than were less frequent users.
Last year, according to 2011 “The Tax Burden on Tobacco” report, Americans purchased more than 287 billion cigarettes. A vast number of those cigarette butts, including the filters, will be flicked into the environment, landing along waterways, parks, beaches and public roads.
Numbers can be overwhelming and make your head spin. It doesn’t have to be that way. Evaluating data properly can help lead you in the right direction. CADCA can help you become an “everyday scientist” and demystify data gathering. During the hour-long show Data Detectives learn how to investigate your local conditions to find the indicators you need to make positive change. Find out what sources of credible local data are readily available. See how data can help you define your substance abuse problems, select strategies and prove your effectiveness. Master the art of using data to tell a story in the community and grow your coalition. Learn how to avoid data overload. We’ll visit Branson, MO where a coalition’s community assessment told them they had to do something about alcohol density. They did, and the results have been great. Hear what they did and how they did it.
In a new report, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), an independent, nonfederal, unpaid group of public health and prevention experts, recommends against privatization of retail alcohol sales in places that currently have government control, based on evidence that privatization leads to increased consumption of alcoholic beverages, excessive drinking and related harms.
Drugs known as “bath salts” are one of a growing list of synthetic and unevenly regulated narcotics that are found across the United States and on the Internet. New research on this potent drug paints an alarming picture, revealing that bath salts pack a powerful double punch, producing combined effects similar to both methamphetamine and cocaine, Medical News Today reports.
HealthDay News reported the findings of a new study this week which found that watching a lot of movies that feature alcohol doubles the likelihood that young teens will start drinking, and these teens are more likely to progress to binge drinking.
This week, The Fix, a website about addiction, recovery and the drug war, published Former Obama Administration drug policy advisor Kevin A. Sabet’s commentary discussing a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that claims occasional marijuana use doesn’t harm the lungs.
The first issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2012’s Vital Signs includes the latest findings on binge drinking from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) which included combined landline and cellular telephone respondents.
New research by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that, just like MDMA (Ecstasy), the active compounds in “bath salts” — mephedrone and methylone — bind to monoamine transporters on the surface of some neurons. This, in turn, leads to an increase in the brain chemicals serotonin, and, to a lesser extent dopamine, suggesting a mechanism that could underlie the addictive potential of these compounds. The study was published last week in Neuropsychopharmacology.
NIDA-funded researchers have demonstrated that a family-centered program, the Strong African American Families-Teens, reduced substance use, conduct problems, and symptoms of depression among African-American adolescents in a geographically rural area by more than 30 percent across nearly two years.