In 2009, Tennessee took a bold move to help curb underage drinking – they passed a social host law making it illegal for an adult to knowingly host an underage drinking party. But after seeing little to no action taken on the law, the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition took matters into their own hands.
Although the President’s FY 2014 Budget Request contained a $6.3 million cut to the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program, due to the collective advocacy of CADCA and the substance abuse prevention field, both the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees have recommended funding levels above the President’s Budget Request.
Did you know that one in 10 youth ages 12 through 17 has abused cough medicine to get high from its dextromethorphan ingredient, and one in 5 young adults has abused a prescription drug? Help raise awareness of the dangers of prescription (Rx) drug abuse and over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month in October, and take part in the CADCA 50 Challenge.
The Washington Post reported that the Food and Drug Administration said for the first time Tuesday that menthol-flavored cigarettes probably pose a greater risk to public health than standard cigarettes, largely reaffirming the findings of an agency advisory committee two years ago and potentially laying the groundwork for tighter regulations in the future.
Regular marijuana use in adolescence may permanently impair brain function and cognition, and may increase the risk of developing serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The study was published in Neuropsychopharmacology — a publication of the journal Nature.
More than 1,700 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from across the country convened in Austin, Texas this week for CADCA’s 2013 Mid-Year Training Institute, where they gained new skills to tackle their community’s drug and crime problems.
Whether you’re looking for advice on how to get a smoke-free ordinance passed or need help identifying the right tobacco use prevention strategies for your community, CADCA’s tobacco prevention and control experts are here to help.
Calling all advocates! 1 in 20 teens abuse over-the-counter cough medicine to get high. You make a difference in the fight to protect minors from medicine abuse. CADCA’s partner the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and its campaign Stop Medicine Abuse have a new tool to link you directly to your elected officials! Click here to ask your U.S. senators to cosponsor the Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act (S.644).
Almost one percent of all buyers of addictive pain medications in the U.S. were estimated to be “doctor shoppers” who bought large amounts, presumably for illicit use, according to a study from Abt Associates published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
Restaurants and businesses may have smoke-free policies but are your local schools smoke- or tobacco-free? As the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (JCSAPC) in Michigan discovered, just because your state has a smoke-free law in place doesn’t mean all schools do.
A study reported by Medical News Today showed that young people with impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age. The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Liverpool.
As reported by Reuters, a recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that anti-smoking measures, such as higher taxes on tobacco products, smoke-free policies in public places, and bans on advertisements and promotions could prevent tens of millions of premature deaths across the world.
Calling prescription drug abuse the “most challenging” substance use disorder the country is facing, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), said there are ways to address this problem. Dr. Volkow was among the speakers at a Friends of NIDA briefing, co-sponsored by CADCA and several other organizations, held on Wednesday on Capitol Hill.