High school seniors who frown upon the use of drugs are most likely to be female, nonsmokers or hold strong religious beliefs, according to a study by Joseph Palamar of New York University. The study examines how teenagers’ attitudes toward marijuana influenced their thoughts on the further use of other illicit drugs. The work appears online in the journal Prevention Science, published by Springer.
It really does take a village, or in the case of The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County, a city, to make change. The CADCA member coalition, located in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C., launched a new phase of its Don't Drink and Drive advertising campaign this week. This time, Fairfax Yellow Cab and Red Top Cab helped the coalition to print ‘Cab or Cell’ beverage coasters to discourage customers from drinking and driving and causing a crash that can hurt someone or land them in jail.
A new University of Texas at Austin study reveals that teens who begin puberty early and who have rapid pubertal development are at greater risk for experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana.
Halloween is a fun and memorable night for many children and teens. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads.
A study published in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that approximately one in three teens with bipolar disorder developed substance abuse, for the first time, during 4 years of follow-up. The study also identified several risk factors that predicted who among these teens was most likely to develop substance abuse.
A new study by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that drug use is associated with a significantly increased risk of fatal crash involvement, particularly when used in combination with alcohol. The study was reported in Medical News Today.
Visitors to Martha's Vineyard come to Falmouth, Mass. to take in the warm water beaches, quaint Main Street, trendy bistros and historic village green. But amidst all the Cape Cod tourism is a community of more than 30,000 people who are turning the tide on underage drinking and youth prescription drug use.
In cash-strapped cities such as Vista and Oceanside, Calif., proposals from outdoor advertising companies to construct double-sided, digital billboards on public land and share in the profits may sound enticing. Cities from Sacramento to Chicago have already embarked on such partnerships, and revenue seems to be pouring in. But, as the North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) discovered, these outdoor advertising ventures can sometimes cause more harm than good.
Four alcohol brands - Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka, and Jack Daniel's whiskey - accounted for more than half of alcohol brand mentions in the songs that mentioned alcohol use in Billboard's most popular song lists in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to a new study from researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study was reported in Medical News Today.
A new online training course will help health care professionals conduct fast, evidence-based alcohol screening and brief intervention with youth. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) produced the course jointly with Medscape, a leading provider of online continuing medical education.
Excessive alcohol use causes a large economic burden to states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Excessive alcohol use cost states and D.C. a median of $2.9 billion in 2006, ranging from $420 million in North Dakota to $32 billion in California. This means the median cost per state for each alcoholic drink consumed was about $1.91.
For many teens, prom night is one of the most memorable nights of their lives but too often teens engage in risky behaviors that can lead to negative consequences. To address this, the SAYF (Supporting Ardsley Youth and Families) Coalition launched an effort to educate and empower parents about the potential dangers of prom night.
Could technology help curb underage drinking? The makers of a new app seem to think so. The new iPhone app, called barZapp, aims to help stop underage drinking by making it easier for bartenders and bouncers to spot fake IDs.
Fewer states are holding alcohol retailers liable for harms caused by customerswho were served illegally, according to a new report from researchers at Alcohol Policy Consultations and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Published online by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine the legal research study documents
the gradual erosion of commercial host liability (also referred to as dram shop liability) from 1989 to 2011.
In 2009, Tennessee took a bold move to help curb underage drinking – they passed a social host law making it illegal for an adult to knowingly host an underage drinking party. But after seeing little to no action taken on the law, the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition took matters into their own hands.