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.
According to a new study, a novel composite measure consisting of 29 alcohol policies demonstrates that a strong alcohol policy environment is a protective factor against binge drinking in the U.S. The study was led by researchers at the Boston University Schools of Medicine (BUSM) and Public Health and Boston Medical Center (BMC), and is published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
CADCA and its member coalitions have long been concerned about the dangerous effects of combining energy drinks with alcohol, and now new research confirms just how dangerous this practice can be. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that young people who combine alcohol with caffeine-laden energy drinks can end up drinking more than they intended to.
Many underage youth use false identification (ID) to circumvent minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) laws in order to obtain alcohol. While underage students tend to drink less frequently than their older college peers, they are more likely to engage in high-risk drinking and are at risk for developing alcohol use disorders (AUDs). A new study of the contributory role of false ID use to the development of AUDs among college students has found that almost two-thirds of the sample used false IDs.
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.