A new report developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) providing state-by-state analyses of a wide range of behavioral health issues reveals that despite some wide variations among the states in the types and levels of problems they confront— every state must deal with these issues. For example, among those aged 12 and older, Iowa had less than half the current illicit drug use rate of Alaska (5.3-percent versus 13.5-percent) yet Iowa also was among the top 10 states with the highest levels of people age 12 and older currently participating in binge drinking (28.6-percent).
New research from Northwestern University Medicine shows that 50 percent of college drinkers report at least one alcohol-induced memory blackout in the past year during a drinking binge. Despite being fully conscious during such blackouts, students could not recall specific events, such as how they got to a bar, party or their own front door.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will launch a campaign to crack down on impaired driving and reduce roadway fatalities from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5. The annual, nationwide enforcement effort is supported by $14 million in paid national advertising campaign to help put motorists on notice that if they are caught driving while impaired, they will be arrested. The national ads, produced by NHTSA in English and Spanish, are targeted at young male drivers (ages 21-34) and motorcycle riders, who are the most common perpetrators of impaired driving.
For Seyram Selase, making a difference in his community of Anniston, Ala., has been a journey, both personally and professionally. His journey took him to Africa and to Texas before deciding to return to his hometown to work on his community’s substance abuse problems, primarily alcohol. Selase, 27, is part of a new generation of young adult leaders determined to change the environment.
Advertising effectively promotes alcohol brands to teens, researchers from Dartmouth Medical School and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found in a study published in this month’s issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Doing more with a little is one of the things that Denis Quiñonez, the director of the Boyle Heights Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community, gained from attending CADCA’s training and being part of its first Ambassador cohorts. Being the only Drug Free Communities grantee in cash-strapped Los Angeles, building capacity has been the greatest asset his coalition has.
“Everyone else is doing it.” At least that is what many youth and young adults believe when they engage in risky behaviors including substance abuse practices, particularly when they live in college communities.
Comprehensive community interventions have shown significant reductions in alcohol problems, including driving after drinking among adolescents and adults. These community based efforts focus on environmental initiatives targeted at changing community systems (policies and practices) to better support and institutionalize underage drinking and problem consumption reduction.
What better people than youth to lead a campaign to change a negative perception about themselves? That's just what two groups representing two high schools in the Portland, Ore. area did the past two school years.
If teens start to drink early, they are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence. That’s why preventing underage drinking is the key to improving the health of both adolescents and adults. To help parents learn the necessary skills to prevent youth alcohol use, the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation (Leadership) will launch the Leadership Reads Initiative on June 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind. At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD), the National Prevention Network (NPN) and the National Treatment Network (NTN).
Comprehensive community interventions have shown significant reductions in alcohol problems, including impaired driving among adolescents and adults. These community-based efforts focus on environmental initiatives targeted at changing community systems (policies and practices) to better support and institutionalize underage drinking and problem consumption reduction. During an upcoming webinar on July 7, participants will review current research about the problem of impaired driving and the strategies that have been found to be most effective in addressing the problem.
CADCA would like to let you know of a new funding opportunity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week the availability of more than $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants.
Health Behavior News Service reports that school prevention programs aimed at curbing alcohol misuse in children are somewhat helpful, enough so to deserve consideration for widespread use, according to a large, international systematic review.
In an effort to curb the high rates of alcohol use on college campuses, 14 national colleges and universities have launched an initiative entitled, the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking. The initiative was created by Dartmouth University to address alcohol use and the 40 percent of college students who binge drink.