Alcohol-free block parties are being planned. Social networking pages are filling up with tweets and posts about alcohol abuse and prevention, and local police stations and community organizers are hosting family information nights. Why? Because April is the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.’ (NCADD) Alcohol Awareness Month. And CADCA coalitions nationwide are joining NCADD affiliates, schools, colleges, churches, and countless community organizations in sponsoring events that increase public awareness and educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism.
New data from a national survey of high school students shows that teens who receive a message from their parents that underage drinking is completely unacceptable are more than 80 percent less likely to drink than teens who receive other messages. The survey, and corresponding infographic, was released this week by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Nationwide Insurance®.
With motor vehicle crashes serving as the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, community coalitions play a critical role in helping to combat alcohol and drug abuse’s contributions to a serious public health concern. While alcohol remains the most common substance in dead drivers, the increase in marijuana availability due to medicinal and decriminalization campaigns requires new strategies and research to reduce impaired driving rates. Through an innovative project funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), CADCA is currently working on supporting local efforts to adopt and implement evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to reduce impaired driving.
Every year on May 5th, people nationwide get together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, with parties, festive foods, and lots of alcohol. The problem is, this holiday all-too-often leads to tragedy when people choose to drive drunk. From 2008-2012, there were 233 people killed in drunk driving crashes around Cinco de Mayo – 89 people in 2012 alone. Help your community avoid these tragedies with a drunk driving prevention campaign.
As a past GOT OUTCOMES! Coalitions of Excellence award winner in the Milestones category, CADCA-member coalition MATFORCE could have sat on their laurels. Instead, they continued to work on their Prescott Valley, Ariz. substance abuse problems, implementing comprehensive evidence-based strategies along the way. Their hard work paid off once again.
While alcohol impaired driving rates among youth have declined in the United States, drug impaired driving appears to be on the rise. Research indicates illicit or prescribed drugs are associated with an increased rate of motor vehicle crashes, making current excessively high rates of drug impaired driving a significant public health concern. A recent study examining data from the Monitoring the Future survey found that just over one out of every four (28 percent) high school seniors either drove under the influence or drove with someone under the influence of alcohol or other illicit drugs, with the percentage of seniors driving after smoking marijuana was almost three times more than alcohol impaired drivers.
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.
Although some advocates want to lower the legal drinking age from 21, research continues to show that the law saves lives. That's the finding of a new review published in a special supplemental issue to the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
After local data showed that the Pueblo of Laguna tribal community was experiencing major problems with underage and binge drinking, the Laguna Coalition knew they had to take drastic measures to address the problem. So they worked with local leaders to ban packaged alcohol sales on the reservation.
Throughout the nation, thousands of community coalitions are improving their cities and towns, reducing teen drug use and saving lives. Together, they form a powerful movement that isn’t confined to the United States. CADCA is taking this movement global, building coalitions in 19 countries and five continents and in seven languages. This month, our efforts continue with new trainings beginning in Bologna, Italy; San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Praia and Sao Vicente, Cape Verde; and Muntinlupa and Marikina, Philippines.
Is your community experiencing problems with too many alcohol retail stores or too much alcohol advertising? If so, you’ll want to take part in a course entitled “Taking Control: A Community Campaign to Shape the Alcohol Landscape” offered at CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum. During the course, leaders from The Santa Fe Prevention Alliance will discuss how they worked closely with local government and city staff to apply land use zoning laws to shape a more positive alcohol landscape for their community.
Strategies recommended by the Surgeon General to reduce underage drinking have shown promise when put into practice, according to scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). These approaches include nighttime restrictions on young drivers and strict license suspension policies, interventions focused on partnerships between college campuses and the community, and routine screening by physicians to identify and counsel underage drinkers.
Only one in six adults -- and only one in four binge drinkers -- say a health professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them even though drinking too much is harmful to health, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 60 percent of high school seniors don’t view regular marijuana use as harmful, according to the 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey, an annual survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th-graders by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of Michigan. In addition, marijuana use over the past decade has continued to trend upwards among all three grades.
Smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking prescription painkillers, or using illegal drugs during pregnancy is associated with double or even triple the risk of stillbirth, according to research funded by the National Institutes of Health.