Registration is open for CADCA’s 13th annual Mid-Year Training Institute scheduled for July 20-24, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria complex. The CADCA Mid-Year will feature a number of in-depth courses geared directly toward community coalitions with Drug Free Communities (DFC) funding. Stay tuned for a full listing of courses which will be posted on the Mid-Year website on May 5th!
As part of its implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed by the President in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover products such as e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and other tobacco products that are currently unregulated.
A national response to the epidemic of prescription opioid overdose deaths was outlined this week in the New England Journal of Medicine by leaders of agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The commentary calls upon health care providers to expand their use of medications to treat opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths, and describes a number of misperceptions that have limited access to these potentially life-saving medications. The commentary also discusses how medications can be used in combination with behavior therapies to help drug users recover and remain drug-free, and use of data-driven tracking to monitor program progress.
In recent months, more reports have surfaced of teens using the drug 25i, commonly known as “smiles” or “N-Bomb”, and often resulting in grave medical consequences. Part of a family of drugs known as phenethylamines, this synthetic drug promises young adults a high similar to LSD or other hallucinogens, but can be extremely dangerous, sometimes leading to death.
If your coalition has not yet completed CADCA’s 2014 Annual Survey of Coalitions, now is the time to participate in the only nationwide survey of substance abuse prevention coalitions. Your coalition does not want miss out on the chance to win an Apple iPad mini before the survey closes on Friday, May 2nd.
Last fall, CADCA began working with local leaders in northern Iraq to build community anti-drug coalitions. Since then, two strong coalitions were formed and they’re already making big changes to local policies and social norms to address the region’s high rate of prescription drug abuse and tobacco use.
Every year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) releases findings from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) Survey, one of our nation’s most important studies of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American high school and college-age students. Not only are the findings informative, they can be an incredibly powerful tool for community leaders. Learn how to use the MTF findings to amplify your prevention efforts during a webinar co-sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), NIDA and CADCA on April 30 at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Heavy marijuana use has been linked with impaired motivation, attention, learning and memory, but common beliefs maintain that casual use of the drug does not result in any negative outcomes. Now, a new study suggests young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week have altered areas of the brain involved in emotion and motivation. The study was reported in Medical News Today.
Widespread community support is crucial to the success of a coalition. No matter how important youth substance use prevention is to the health of a community, coalitions working in silos often experience challenges from organizations and stakeholders who haven’t been engaged by coalition leadership. Does your coalition meet with other key organizations and stakeholders to share ideas and get buy-in for the coalition’s work? If you answered “yes”, you may have an important ingredient for success.
To help shine a light on the importance of substance abuse prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has named May 18-24 National Prevention Week 2014. The theme this year is Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future.
Eleven Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives released a report this week that shows a dramatic increase in the marketing of e-cigarettes to youth – with extensive resources being dedicated to social media, sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and television and radio advertisements that reach substantial youth audiences. The report, “Gateway to Addiction? A Survey of Popular Electronic Cigarette Manufacturers and Marketing to Youth,” is the first comprehensive investigation of e-cigarette marketing tactics and was compiled using responses from eight e-cigarette manufacturers received by the lawmakers from their investigation into the industry and other publicly available information.
For some, a ‘me’ generation can be rather narcissistic. But in the case of Collaborating For Youth’s (CFY) Youth Coalition of Adams County, Pa., ‘me’ can actually be a good thing, a positive one, in fact. The youth coalition designed and implemented its county-wide “Who’s Looking Out For ME?” positive messaging campaign as a way to help students living with or experiencing symptoms of depression.
Prior to CADCA’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute, Project SAM will hold a National Marijuana Action Summit, featuring SAM Chairman Patrick J. Kennedy. The Summit will take place on Saturday July 19-20 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel and Waldorf Astoria Orlando complex. In addition, immediately following the Mid-Year CADCA will hold the Geographic Health Equity Symposium: Where You Live Matters to Your Health, which will explore geographic health disparities related to tobacco use and cancer.
Last week, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) called on President Obama to meet with the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to get more facts on the lasting effects of marijuana on the brain and the significant differences between the effects of today’s more potent marijuana and alcohol and tobacco.
Prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Since there is no uniform system for drug disposal, prescription drug take-back days have become an increasingly vital tool to protect communities, providing a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse. To help coalitions plan and organize drug take-back days in time for the DEA’s 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance, in partnership with CADCA, has released the Drug Take-Back Toolkit.