Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Superstorm Sandy. We know that many CADCA members, friends and family remain without power or are facing other hardships as a result of this historic storm. Here in Northern Virginia, we were spared for the most part, but even our CADCA offices were closed on Monday and Tuesday due to the powerful storm.
Anti-smoking campaigns can be effective in promoting cessation, but less is known about the dose of advertising related to behavioral change among adult smokers, which types of messages are most effective, and effects on populations disproportionately affected by tobacco use.
Coalitions looking for quick and clever ways to promote the dangers of risky and binge drinking on and around Halloween can look to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for free “photo messages” to post on web sites, Facebook pages, e-newsletter, Twitter feeds, and in email blasts.
Join us in February for the 2013 National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest meeting for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, and SAMHSA/CSAP’s 9th Prevention Day! We have an exciting program planned with bigger and better workshops, more networking opportunities, and dynamic plenary sessions. We’re returning to the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, right on the banks of the Potomac River and just 15 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.
With marijuana use rates on the rise and attitudes toward the drug softening, especially with marijuana legalization measures on the ballots in Colorado, Oregon and Washington next month, the latest information and research on marijuana-related trends remains a key tool for anti-drug community coalitions. Coalitions can now register for the latest CADCA National Coalition Institute webinar titled “Marijuana: Science and Strategies for Community Coalitions.”
National Institute on Drug Abuse research published in this week’s Neuropsychopharmacology shows that MDPV, a synthetic chemical commonly found in the drugs referred to as “bath salts,” is potentially more dangerous than cocaine when tested in rodents. In this study, MDPV prolonged the effects of two neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine (by blocking reuptake at brain nerve cells) and produced hyperactivity, rapid heart rate and increased blood pressure, which are highly dangerous symptoms.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s second annual National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, which was launched by a Presidential Proclamation, continues with its first annual “Above the Influence” Day, held today in more than 200 communities across the nation.
A panel of coalition experts at the federal, state and local levels selected the following coalitions as CADCA’s 2012 GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence award winners: Hunterdon County Safe Communities Coalition in Flemington, N.J. and Liberty Alliance for Youth, Inc. in Liberty, Mo.