Strategizer 54, A Community’s Call to Action: Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving, is meant to help prevention practitioners create multi-layered prevention and intervention strategies to curb underage drinking among teens, and to prevent impaired driving among young adults ages 21-24. Developed in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Strategizer 54 provides the latest facts, strategies and resources that coalitions and MADD Affiliates can use to address these issues in their communities.
Good news: those strict “social host” laws seem to be working. Teens who live in communities with such laws are less likely to spend weekends drinking at parties, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies and Alcohol and Drugs.
According to a new University of Michigan study, teens who play high-contact sports — such as football, wrestling, hockey or lacrosse — are more likely to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes or marijuana than student athletes who play non-contact sports, like swimming or track.
The small, suburban town of Wakefield, Mass., just north of Boston has a surging heroin problem, but residents seem to be reluctant to face the facts. That’s why the newly-formed Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition (Wake Up) stepped in, trying to stamp out the stigma around substance abuse.
Halloween isn’t just about costumes, candy and trick-or-treating, it’s about staying safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost half of all fatalities involving a motor vehicle on Halloween night involved a drunk driver in 2012. In that same year, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night.
Thousands of visitors flock to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument each year to admire its beauty. But when they traveled further into the town of Coolidge, Ariz., they used to be greeted by some not-so-pretty sights.
Rates of illicit drug use dropped among youths aged 12 to 17, according to SAMHSA’s 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), with 8.8 percent of those surveyed saying they took an illicit substance in the past month in 2013 compared to 9.5 percent in 2012.
According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), rates of underage binge drinking vary greatly throughout the United States, with three wards in the District of Columbia among the nation’s highest.
According to a national poll conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, Americans rate youth drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse as one of the “big problems” children and adolescents face today.
Around for nearly three decades, the Substance Abuse Council, located in Battle Creek, Michigan, and serving the entire county, has been combatting alcohol abuse and now more recently, prescription drug abuse.
A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that raising the drinking age leads to a decrease in the number of vehicular accidents in the long run. While there has been a lot of research on the effects of a higher drinking age in the short-term, this is one of the first that examined the long-term effects.