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).
More Americans are using heroin and marijuana today than in previous years, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The NSDUH report, released this week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found that 7.3 percent of Americans were current users of marijuana – up from 5.8 percent in 2007. Daily or almost daily use of marijuana also increased from 5.1 million people in 2007 to 7.6 million people in 2012.
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.
The nature of the teenage brain makes users of cannabis amongst this population particularly at risk of developing addictive behaviors and suffering other long-term negative effects, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
More students are studying on campuses that are completely tobacco free. That’s one of the findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS). SHPPS is the largest and most comprehensive survey to assess school health policies.
In honor of Saturday’s International Overdose Awareness Day, this week top officials, including Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Michael Botticelli, Deputy Director, ONDCP, and Kana Enomoto, Principal Deputy Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), released a new Opioid Overdose Toolkit aimed at reducing the number of deaths resulting from opioid overdoses. The toolkit was released during a media briefing on Wednesday to discuss current overdose trends in the United States.
Help your teenager stay engaged in school and he or she will be less likely to drop out. That's the conclusion of a new longitudinal study that found that teens who were less engaged in school tended to engage in more delinquency and substance use over time, and that lower levels of engagement and greater problem behaviors in turn predicted a higher likelihood of dropping out of school.
The most recent addition to CADCA’s Coalition Ideas Exchange highlighted how the Northampton Prevention Coalition utilized its strong partnership with the local school district to administer a Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol for high school adolescents. In the latest installment of the Coalition Ideas Exchange podcast series, Karen Jarvis-Vance, Program Director for the Northampton Prevention Coalition, discusses how the coalition developed a strong relationship with various sectors of the community and addressed challenges to successfully implement SBIRT for 9th grade students.