Ever wonder what an average day of a young adult looks like? According to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on an average day, 3.2 million young adults used marijuana, 57,304 used heroin, 51,319 used cocaine, 46,179 used hallucinogens, and 17,868 used inhalants. Drinking was also prevalent among this age group. In the past year, 27 million young adults consumed alcohol. Even more concerning, this number includes 9 million underage drinkers aged 18 to 20. Underage drinkers drank on average 5.7 days per month and consumed an average of 4.8 drinks per day on the days they drank.
What messages are key when speaking to the media or holding a press conference? If you meet a potential funder, can you quickly explain the message and methods of your coalition to leave a strong impression? Does your coalition have a powerful video that tells your story and can be shared across social media? During a series of three half-day courses entitled, “The Communication Tune-Up”, at CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute, coalitions will learn how to become expert communicators and brand ambassadors.
The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports. The article, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, is authored by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
As the federal government moves to set rules that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, a new study reported in USA Today shows that TV ads for the products have increased dramatically during programs most likely to be watched by adolescents and young adults.
Synthetic drugs are an ongoing challenge for communities across the country. Popular with youth and difficult to regulate, many coalitions still struggle with the best, most effective ways to prevent their use. This year’s CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute has a course designed to help coalitions learn the ins and outs of synthetic drugs and identify the best ways to prevent and reduce this continuing threat.
A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), shows an increased number of marijuana-positive Colorado drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes since Colorado’s legalization of medical marijuana in 2009. A similar increase was not seen in the 34 states that did not have medical marijuana laws when this study was conducted. During the same time period, there was no change in the number of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal motor vehicle crashes in either Colorado or the 34 then non-medical marijuana states.
A new study published in the latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that as the cost of cigarettes in Turkey increased, the average smoking rate dropped by 14.6 percent between 2008 and 2001 – from 30.1 percent to 25.7 percent. The study was released to commemorate World No Tobacco Day, observed throughout the world on May 31st.
Educational campaigns meant to dissuade college students from initiating hookah tobacco smoking may be more successful if they combat positive perceptions of hookah use as attractive and romantic, rather than focusing solely on the harmful components of hookah tobacco smoke, a new University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study found.
The number of emergency department visits involving non-medical use of the sedative alprazolam – otherwise known as Xanax, Xanax XR and Niravam – doubled from 57,419 to 124,902 during the years 2005 to 2010, and then remained stable at 123,744 in 2011, according to a new report issued this week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
When coalition data revealed that youth marijuana rates were problematic, the Croton Community Coalition in the village of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. reached into their toolbox to repair the problem. They used a social norms campaign to impact parental attitudes that included community-wide events and strategic use of various media.
To be effective at their job, substance abuse prevention leaders need in-depth training to strengthen their knowledge and skills. However, they also need a bit of fun to balance their challenging jobs. Attend CADCA’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute and you’ll get the best of both worlds! CADCA has made arrangements with both Disney and Universal Studios to provide discounted park tickets to all Mid-Year attendees! Register by June 16 to take advantage of the early-bird discount!
Over the years, the prevention field has emphasized the importance of understanding the environmental and social settings in which violence takes places, including theories linking the number and location of alcohol outlets to violence. Now, a new study of violent crimes in Boston, Mass. provides data indicating that alcohol outlets are predictive of violent crime.
According to a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), just a single alcohol binge can cause bacteria to leak from the gut, and increase levels of bacterial toxins in the blood. Earlier studies have tied chronic alcohol use to increased gut permeability, wherein potentially harmful products can travel through the intestinal wall and be carried to other parts of the body, but this study is the first to show that even a single binge event can have a similar effect.