Render the investment, to reap the rewards. Enroll your youth to attend CADCA’s renowned youth leadership training, the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI), being held at CADCA’s 2013 Mid-Year Training Institute in Austin, Texas, where they will learn what it takes to prevent and reduce underage drinking, substance abuse and other social issues that plague their schools, homes and neighborhoods.
The number of prescription painkiller overdose deaths increased five fold among women between 1999 and 2010, according to a Vital Signs report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While men are more likely to die of a prescription painkiller overdose, since 1999 the percentage increase in deaths was greater among women (400 percent in women compared to 265 percent in men). Prescription painkiller overdoses killed nearly 48,000 women between 1999 and 2010.
In partnership with the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, CADCA’s National Coalition Institute developed a new online publication to help community coalitions understand how they can support current efforts to integrate behavioral health and primary care at the local level.
What is your community planning to observe National Recovery Month this year? Recovery Month, observed in September, spreads the message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and/or substance use disorders. The observance also celebrates people in recovery and those who work in the behavioral health field. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a Recovery Month Toolkit to help you plan your activities.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, also known as SBIRT, can be a powerful prevention tool for identifying individuals that are at risk for unhealthy substance use and provide treatment/counseling resources for those are currently engaging in these risky behaviors. In the latest addition to CADCA’s Coalition Ideas Exchange, the Northampton Prevention Coalition outlines how it utilized its strong partnership with the local school district to implement the SBIRT protocol for high school adolescents.
Throughout the country hunders of community coalitions are making a big strides towards reducing local tobacco use rates. During a CADCA webinar on July 10 at 2 p.m. EST, you’ll hear about four of these tobacco success stories.
While use of traditional illicit drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, has remained stable, the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS), such as synthetic marijuana, and MDPV or “bath salts”, increased dramatically throughout the world, according to the 2013 World Drug Report. The report was released on World Drug Day this week by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Community coalitions work with a wide range of members of their community to prevent substance abuse and create safer communities. One of the strongest partners coalitions can engage are leaders in the criminal justice system, such as judges and prosecutors. A course at CADCA’s 2013 Mid-Year Training Institute will teach coalitions how to forge these types of strategic partnerships that will prove beneficial for both the coalition and the criminal justice professionals.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released today the most comprehensive report on the effectiveness of medications for opioid addiction and how access to these FDA -approved drugs is being restricted by state government and insurance company policies.
The Above the Influence (ATI) campaign has launched “Made by Me,” a national challenge asking teens to submit a 60-second video explaining their ideas for the next ATI commercial. Teens are encouraged to be creative and develop positive and empowering messages to share with their peers about rising above negative influences. The deadline to enter is July 10! Teens can submit their videos at http://www.atimadebyme.com/.
Veterans and military families are disproportionately affected by substance abuse, mental health issues, and family troubles. Tragic consequences like suicide, alcohol abuse and prescription drug overdose far too often plague our nation’s heroes. During the next CADCA TV show on June 27 at 1 p.m. EST, entitled Supporting Those Who Serve, learn how your coalition can play a role in helping veterans in need.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced a Call for Nominations to its Service to Science Initiative, a national initiative dedicated to enhancing the evaluation capacity of innovative programs and practices that aim to prevent substance abuse and related mental and behavioral health problems or the underlying factors associated with increased risk.
Coalitions do incredibly important work across the country, helping to protect communities from drug and alcohol abuse, but it can often be a challenge figuring out how to effectively and succinctly articulate what they do to the media, potential funders or other influential leaders. A course at CADCA’s 2013 Mid-Year Training Institute will equip participants with easy, concrete tools to help them perfect their “30-second pitch” – whether it’s in front of the press, funders or their partners.
By age 8, 37 percent of kids have sipped alcohol and by age 11 more than half have sipped or tasted alcohol, according to a new study reported by the Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Each year, countries throughout the world show their support for substance abuse prevention by observing International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also known as World Drug Day, on June 26th. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the need to combat the problems to society associated with illicit drug use and abuse.