This week, CADCA joined high-level officials from more than 50 countries at the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria to participate in a critical dialogue about a comprehensive approach to combat world drug use. Throughout the week, CADCA highlighted the community coalition model as an effective drug prevention tool and emphasized the importance of maintaining the UN drug conventions.
While alcohol impaired driving rates among youth have declined in the United States, drug impaired driving appears to be on the rise. Research indicates illicit or prescribed drugs are associated with an increased rate of motor vehicle crashes, making current excessively high rates of drug impaired driving a significant public health concern. A recent study examining data from the Monitoring the Future survey found that just over one out of every four (28 percent) high school seniors either drove under the influence or drove with someone under the influence of alcohol or other illicit drugs, with the percentage of seniors driving after smoking marijuana was almost three times more than alcohol impaired drivers.
Is your coalition trying to reduce tobacco use in your community? Then look no further than CADCA’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute. This year, CADCA will offer two half-day courses at the Mid-Year Training Institute to help coalitions implement tobacco-free living strategies, as well as one-on-one tobacco-specific technical assistance with CADCA’s tobacco use prevention expert.
The numbers of adolescents aged 12 to 17 using inhalants decreased from 820,000 in 2011 to about 650,000 in 2012, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
According to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, 5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not reduce current smoking rates. Help do your part to reduce current rates by participating in a local Kick Butts Day activity on March 19.
From 2000-2010, U.S. drug users spent $100 billion annually on cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine. That’s according to a new report, “What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 2000-2010”, from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, conducted by the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. The report also found that while more money was spent on cocaine than marijuana in 2000, the opposite was true in 2010.
The Yakama Nation in Washington state recently announced that it was considering the unprecedented move to ban marijuana in all 10 counties of its ancestral lands, covering one-fifth of the state's land mass. The news was reported by the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Due to growing public concern about heroin and its potentially devastating effects, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has updated its online Heroin Research Report. This Report offers the most current data on heroin use and its consequences as well as treatment options for heroin use disorders.
Strong data, community education, and an innovative social host ordinance helped the Tempe Coalition make big gains towards reducing underage drinking in their community. Their efforts were recently recognized by CADCA with a GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Award. The Tempe, Ariz.-based coalition won in the Milestones Award category, which recognizes younger coalitions, or those with a newer initiative, that have reached short-term and intermediate outcomes on the way to long-term change.
What once was one of the largest and most notorious copper boomtowns in the American West— home to hundreds of saloons and an infamous “red-light district”— a place where, as Butte Cares’ Executive Director of Prevention Dan Haffey put it, “was a poor student’s spring break destination,” is now known as a fun place without as much alcohol abuse.
CADCA invites adult and youth leaders to join us for a world-class professional development opportunity. A principle goal of CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is to provide in-depth, skills-building training courses that allow for concentrated instruction, group practice, and knowledge application — the kind of learning experience that is the hallmark of CADCA training events. In keeping with the yearlong theme of “The Power of the Movement,” CADCA will deliver courses that equip coalitions with the necessary tools to stand up, speak out, and take action to make lasting changes around substance use and abuse. We expect more than 1,700 attendees in Orlando, Fla., at this year’s Mid-Year, so register early to save.
E-cigarettes, promoted as a way to “quit” regular cigarettes, may actually be a new route to conventional smoking and nicotine addiction for teenagers, according to a new University of California at San Francisco study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics.
A Los Angeles City Council committee announced Feb. 26 they are preparing groundwork for legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in public places, such as farmers markets, parks, recreational areas, beaches, bars, nightclubs and outdoor dining areas, according to Medical News Today.