CADCA will be hosting a SAMHSA/CSAP Prevention Fellow beginning in September 2014 for a two-year period. This is an exciting opportunity for those seeing a career in substance abuse prevention and/or who are looking to build their skills and advance their career as substance abuse prevention professionals.
At last week's Mid-Year Training Institute, CADCA launched two new free online courses for community coalitions. The two courses, Coalition Core Essentials and What Do We Know about Marijuana?, enhance CADCA’s existing online learning course selection. The new offerings represent CADCA’s ongoing mission to provide cutting edge services and resources to coalition members and community leaders, engaging them in innovative, self-directing learning environments.
A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that raising the drinking age leads to a decrease in the number of vehicular accidents in the long run. While there has been a lot of research on the effects of a higher drinking age in the short-term, this is one of the first that examined the long-term effects.
Earlier this week, the New York Times Editorial Board published an opinion piece calling for national marijuana legalization. As is often the case, the article leaves out critical information about marijuana's harmful effects on young people and public health. In response, CADCA issued this public statement, where we explain why marijuana legalization is a bad idea for our youth and communities.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, those who are trying to quit smoking may be encouraged to do so by watching commercials featuring the horrific effects of tobacco developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to new research, regular marijuana users may have impairments in their brain’s ability to respond to dopamine, a chemical released by the organ that is involved in feelings of reward, among other functions.
Are you a highly motivated individual looking to make a difference in the field of substance abuse prevention? Do you want to gain valuable experience working with the CADCA National Coalition Institute staff in Alexandria, Va. just outside of Washington, D.C.? If so, consider applying to become the next CADCA SAMHSA/CSAP Prevention Fellow. This exciting two-year opportunity will begin in September 2014 and the deadline to apply is Monday, August 11, 2014.
Around 1,900 community leaders from throughout the United States and 15 countries gained new skills and strategies to prevent teen drug use at CADCA's 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute, held July 20-24 in Orlando, Fla. The event featured a number of national and state experts, including Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
A study by Quest Diagnostics found that five states that have recently implemented comprehensive prescription drug abuse prevention programs showed the highest rate of decline in prescription drug abuse nationwide. Findings suggest that broad, collaborative measures, including prescription drug databases and physician and patient education may be the most effective at bringing the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic to a screeching halt.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning this week, suggesting that Americans avoid powdered caffeine. The decision was likely triggered by the death of 18-year-old Ohio prom king Logan Steiner, who accidentally overdosed on the powdered version of the stimulant just before his graduation ceremony this May.
When it comes to tobacco use, there are a number of policies that have been proven effective in reducing the youth tobacco use. During an upcoming CADCA webinar, “New Roots, Old Problem: Local Policy Approaches that Address Emerging Tobacco Trends”, two national tobacco policy experts will review the various strategies that have been used by communities and states to reduce tobacco use. The webinar will be held on July 31 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST. Register today!
According to a report by the Coalition for Health Funding, overall federal funding for public health programs has been drastically cut over the past four years and it’s adversely affecting Americans in a direct way. Federal agencies that deal with substance abuse prevention and treatment have been affected the most.