Many communities around the country are seeing an uptick in the number of heroin-related overdoses. Much of that is due to people who abuse prescription painkillers switching to heroin after it becomes too difficult to obtain prescription opiates. A new documentary developed by the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, available online now, explores this issue.
You may be aware that prescription drug abuse is at epidemic proportions in our nation, but did you know that roughly one in three teens knows someone who has abused over-the-counter cough medicine to get high? Help educate your community about the dangers of medicine abuse by participating in the CADCA 50 Challenge this October.
CADCA is gearing up for an exciting National Leadership Forum in February 2014. Once again, CADCA will offer an Ideas Fair, which is an opportunity for coalition representatives to share innovative and effective strategies and interventions, as well as useful tips, tools, and resources. Because we know that youth leaders are implementing all kinds of innovative and effective strategies and interventions, CADCA is actively seeking youth presenters for the Ideas Fair.
A new national report reveals that “bath salts,” a group of drugs containing amphetamine-type stimulants, were linked to an estimated 22,904 visits to hospital emergency departments in 2011. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the first national study to track bath salts drugs to hospital emergency department visits since these drugs emerged a few years ago.
CADCA recently issued a legislative alert about legislation that is pending to reauthorize No Child Left Behind, which is now being called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). If you haven’t already, please click here to respond to this alert.
In cash-strapped cities such as Vista and Oceanside, Calif., proposals from outdoor advertising companies to construct double-sided, digital billboards on public land and share in the profits may sound enticing. Cities from Sacramento to Chicago have already embarked on such partnerships, and revenue seems to be pouring in. But, as the North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) discovered, these outdoor advertising ventures can sometimes cause more harm than good.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the nation’s premier and largest training conference for community drug prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers. Register now for CADCA’s 2014 National Leadership Forum, held Feb. 3-6, 2014 in National Harbor, Md.
Studies show that prescription drugs are the second most abused category of drugs after marijuana, with one in five young adults reporting that they have abused a prescription drug. Similarly, one in 10 youth ages 12 through 17 reported that they abused OTC cough medicine to get high. Help educate your community about the dangers of medicine abuse by participating in the CADCA 50 Challenge this October.
The Food and Drug Administration today announced safety labeling changes and new postmarket study requirements for all extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) prescription opioids intended to treat pain.
An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” national ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC. As a result of the 2012 campaign, more than 200,000 Americans had quit smoking immediately following the three-month campaign, of which researchers estimated that more than 100,000 will likely quit smoking permanently.
For nearly 6 years, citizens of the Altavista community in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico watched helplessly as their local park got taken over by drug dealers and vandals. But thanks to the efforts of the Altavista Community Coalition this local park has now reopened with a clean pool and other amenities for local youth.
ONDCP has announced $19.8 million in new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants to 147 communities and 19 new DFC Mentoring grants across the country. The awards announced today are in addition to the $59.4 million in DFC continuation grants simultaneously released to 473 currently funded DFC coalitions and 4 DFC Mentoring continuation coalitions. These grants provide community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance use.
Four alcohol brands - Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka, and Jack Daniel's whiskey - accounted for more than half of alcohol brand mentions in the songs that mentioned alcohol use in Billboard's most popular song lists in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to a new study from researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study was reported in Medical News Today.
The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).