Having conversations with children and teens about risky behaviors like underage drinking can seem daunting. But now, a new mobile app developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is making that task easier.
Too often the message people get about marijuana is that it’s a harmless drug that doesn’t impact public health. However, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs (The Council) hopes to change that through a new statewide initiative launched this year.
This week, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, a blueprint for drug policy in the United States. The Strategy includes a focus on drug prevention and highlights significant increases in heroin and prescription drug abuse as key challenges.
About one in five American high school students has smoked hookah in the past year, according to a study by New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) published online in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics on July 7.
With prescription drug abuse at epidemic proportions, CADCA will unveil new tools at the 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute to help community leaders prevent and reduce prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter medicine abuse.
According to a new study, underage drinkers between the ages of 18 and 20 see more magazine advertising than any other age group for the alcohol brands they consume most heavily, raising important questions about whether current alcohol self-regulatory codes concerning advertising are sufficiently protecting young people.
Applications for CADCA’s 2014 GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards are due on Friday, July 18th. For those coalitions that plan to apply, you have just over a week to submit your application materials. If your coalition is considering whether or not to apply for an award this year, we strongly encourage you to contact us for support. We can help you determine your coalition’s eligibility, select the appropriate award category, and answer any questions you have regarding the application materials.
When it comes to our nation’s growing prescription drug epidemic, communities are where the most innovative solutions are found. At the same time, state-level leaders are drafting reports, policies and state plans that can have a big impact on this problem. Are you in touch with your state leaders? Does your coalition fit into your state’s plans to reduce over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse?
Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 and 10 of the highest prescribing states for prescription painkillers are in the South, according to a Vital Signs report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, “Opioid Painkiller Prescribing: Where You Live Makes a Difference”, provides steps that states, the federal government and others can take to reduce opioid overdoses, highlighting an example of a state that reversed its overdose trend.
The number of deaths in the U.S. and Canada involving prescribed painkillers has skyrocketed over the past few years, making it higher than the number of deaths involving heroin and cocaine combined, but why?
When coalitions seek data to define the root causes and local conditions that represent substance use in their communities, the first things that might come to mind are the numbers. What percent of high school students have smoked marijuana in the past 30 days? How many motor vehicle crashes resulted from excessive alcohol consumption?
Many coalitions are often so invested and involved in doing the work they forget how important it is to talk about their successes. To fund and sustain their efforts, it is crucial for coalitions to tell their story of how their local strategies led to achievements in community-level outcomes. CADCA’s GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards provides coalitions with a valuable tool to help them share their success story with potential funders.