It’s no surprise that drug dealers are always looking for new and clever ways to attract young children and teens to their products. The latest tactic is candy-flavored methamphetamine, cocaine and other dangerous drugs. Last week, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, introduced legislation that penalizes drug dealers who employ these child-targeting tactics.
Many of us have come to know the terms bath salts, or K2 or Spice – names often used to refer to synthetic marijuana – but now the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has made three new synthetic drugs illegal under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.
More than 200 people packed the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Wednesday to discuss solutions to Colorado’s and our nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. The town hall meeting was sponsored by CADCA in conjunction with the Office of the Governor and Denver-based Peer Assistance Services.
A Huffington Post article about innovative community programs aimed at helping veterans highlighted CADCA’s VetCorps Project. VetCorps, a program supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, helps members of the military and their families receive key health and employment services.
Last week, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury released final regulations for the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), which was passed into law in 2008. CADCA issued a statement applauding the new rules, which require insurers to treat substance use and mental health disorders the same as they would physical conditions and chronic diseases like cancer or diabetes.
Calling all coalitions! CADCA is once again accepting proposals for the Coalition Ideas Fair at our 2014 National Leadership Forum. To participate in the Coalition Ideas Fair, the primary presenter must be affiliated with a coalition. We are looking to increase the diversity of the current selection of topics at the Ideas Fair and are asking coalitions to submit proposals in several specific topics.
The use of emerging tobacco products like e-cigarettes, hookahs (or water pipes) and cigars increased among teens in 2012, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the same time, there was no significant decline in cigarette smoking or overall tobacco use among U.S. middle and high school students.
Ohio parents were invited to attend the Hidden in Plain Sight traveling exhibit and program last week emphasizing the importance of parental intervention. Without their children and teens, parents took their blinders off, and observed that even the tidiest bedroom could have dirty secrets, secrets that could endanger their child’s life.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. announced this week the selection of George F. Koob, Ph.D. as Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Dr. Koob is expected to join the NIH in January 2014.
While studies show that U.S. military veterans smoke at a higher rate than civilians, websites targeting veterans fail to provide information about the risks of tobacco products and how to quit smoking, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Promotion. This was reported by the Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health.
Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Brigadier General Barrye Price, Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, will serve as the keynote speakers for CADCA’s 2014 National Leadership Forum. CADCA’s 24th annual Forum will be held Feb. 3-6, 2014 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
Their community is rural— population 14,000— and predominantly low income— per capita income is $10,562, yet what Hamilton County, Fla. doesn’t have in financial resources, it does have in human capital, namely its youth. And these middle and high school youth are changing the norm around tobacco use in their county.