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.
Cigarette warning labels can influence a smoker to try to quit even when the smoker is trying to avoid seeing the labels, according to a survey of thousands of adult smokers in four countries published by the American Psychological Association.
Having conversations with children and teens about risky behaviors like underage drinking can seem daunting. But now, a new mobile app developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is making that task easier.
Too often the message people get about marijuana is that it’s a harmless drug that doesn’t impact public health. However, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs (The Council) hopes to change that through a new statewide initiative launched this year.
This week, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, a blueprint for drug policy in the United States. The Strategy includes a focus on drug prevention and highlights significant increases in heroin and prescription drug abuse as key challenges.
About one in five American high school students has smoked hookah in the past year, according to a study by New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) published online in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics on July 7.
With prescription drug abuse at epidemic proportions, CADCA will unveil new tools at the 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute to help community leaders prevent and reduce prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter medicine abuse.
According to a new study, underage drinkers between the ages of 18 and 20 see more magazine advertising than any other age group for the alcohol brands they consume most heavily, raising important questions about whether current alcohol self-regulatory codes concerning advertising are sufficiently protecting young people.
Applications for CADCA’s 2014 GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards are due on Friday, July 18th. For those coalitions that plan to apply, you have just over a week to submit your application materials. If your coalition is considering whether or not to apply for an award this year, we strongly encourage you to contact us for support. We can help you determine your coalition’s eligibility, select the appropriate award category, and answer any questions you have regarding the application materials.
When it comes to our nation’s growing prescription drug epidemic, communities are where the most innovative solutions are found. At the same time, state-level leaders are drafting reports, policies and state plans that can have a big impact on this problem. Are you in touch with your state leaders? Does your coalition fit into your state’s plans to reduce over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse?