On his monthly radio show, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called his state’s medical marijuana program and similar programs across the U.S. "a front for legalization." His comments came after reports that New Jersey's medical marijuana program is suffering from low enrollment. The story was reported in The Star-Ledger.
It’s no secret that combat experiences are highly stressful and can contribute to instances of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among soldiers post-deployment. It also comes as no surprise that many soldiers afflicted with these conditions abuse alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate. But new research coauthored by Cristel Russell, an associate professor of marketing with American University’s Kogod School of Business, and researchers with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research finds that the most traumatic of all combat experiences, killing, is less likely to lead to alcohol abuse.
After a spike in teen suicides and visits to the ER due to synthetic drug use, the Impact Futures (IF) coalition in Amarillo, Texas knew they had to act quickly to address this growing threat in their community. So, they launched a plan to get to the source of the problem – the sellers of synthetic drug products.
Each year, CADCA offers coalitions the chance to receive national recognition for their contributions to community-level substance abuse outcomes. Sponsored by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute, the GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards celebrate coalitions that engage and involve their community in a comprehensive community assessment, followed by an in-depth problem analysis process that identifies unique and specific community conditions. Informed by local data, these exemplary coalitions select a comprehensive set of tailored strategies and interventions to target specific conditions.
Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, according to the 2013 results released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Whether it’s for the over 70 in-depth courses on everything from prescription drug abuse prevention to coalition sustainability or the access to Disney World and Universal Studios, you won’t want to miss CADCA’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute in Orlando, Fla. July 20-24. Don’t forget to register by June 16 (by midnight EST) for the early-bird discount!
According to the CDC, each day more than 2,700 youth try cigars and one in six (17.8%) high school boys currently smoke some type of cigar (i.e., large cigar, cigarillo, or small cigar). Recent data showed that cigars are growing in popularity among teens. Despite these facts, Cigar manufacturers are asking Congress to exempt cigars from any type of oversight and regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Take action by sending a letter to your member of Congress using the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Action Alert.
Ever wonder what an average day of a young adult looks like? According to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on an average day, 3.2 million young adults used marijuana, 57,304 used heroin, 51,319 used cocaine, 46,179 used hallucinogens, and 17,868 used inhalants. Drinking was also prevalent among this age group. In the past year, 27 million young adults consumed alcohol. Even more concerning, this number includes 9 million underage drinkers aged 18 to 20. Underage drinkers drank on average 5.7 days per month and consumed an average of 4.8 drinks per day on the days they drank.
What messages are key when speaking to the media or holding a press conference? If you meet a potential funder, can you quickly explain the message and methods of your coalition to leave a strong impression? Does your coalition have a powerful video that tells your story and can be shared across social media? During a series of three half-day courses entitled, “The Communication Tune-Up”, at CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute, coalitions will learn how to become expert communicators and brand ambassadors.
The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports. The article, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, is authored by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
As the federal government moves to set rules that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, a new study reported in USA Today shows that TV ads for the products have increased dramatically during programs most likely to be watched by adolescents and young adults.
Synthetic drugs are an ongoing challenge for communities across the country. Popular with youth and difficult to regulate, many coalitions still struggle with the best, most effective ways to prevent their use. This year’s CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute has a course designed to help coalitions learn the ins and outs of synthetic drugs and identify the best ways to prevent and reduce this continuing threat.
A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), shows an increased number of marijuana-positive Colorado drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes since Colorado’s legalization of medical marijuana in 2009. A similar increase was not seen in the 34 states that did not have medical marijuana laws when this study was conducted. During the same time period, there was no change in the number of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal motor vehicle crashes in either Colorado or the 34 then non-medical marijuana states.