Every year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) releases findings from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) Survey, one of our nation’s most important studies of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American high school and college-age students. Not only are the findings informative, they can be an incredibly powerful tool for community leaders. Learn how to use the MTF findings to amplify your prevention efforts during a webinar co-sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), NIDA and CADCA on April 30 at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Heavy marijuana use has been linked with impaired motivation, attention, learning and memory, but common beliefs maintain that casual use of the drug does not result in any negative outcomes. Now, a new study suggests young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week have altered areas of the brain involved in emotion and motivation. The study was reported in Medical News Today.
Widespread community support is crucial to the success of a coalition. No matter how important youth substance use prevention is to the health of a community, coalitions working in silos often experience challenges from organizations and stakeholders who haven’t been engaged by coalition leadership. Does your coalition meet with other key organizations and stakeholders to share ideas and get buy-in for the coalition’s work? If you answered “yes”, you may have an important ingredient for success.
To help shine a light on the importance of substance abuse prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has named May 18-24 National Prevention Week 2014. The theme this year is Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future.
Eleven Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives released a report this week that shows a dramatic increase in the marketing of e-cigarettes to youth – with extensive resources being dedicated to social media, sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and television and radio advertisements that reach substantial youth audiences. The report, “Gateway to Addiction? A Survey of Popular Electronic Cigarette Manufacturers and Marketing to Youth,” is the first comprehensive investigation of e-cigarette marketing tactics and was compiled using responses from eight e-cigarette manufacturers received by the lawmakers from their investigation into the industry and other publicly available information.
For some, a ‘me’ generation can be rather narcissistic. But in the case of Collaborating For Youth’s (CFY) Youth Coalition of Adams County, Pa., ‘me’ can actually be a good thing, a positive one, in fact. The youth coalition designed and implemented its county-wide “Who’s Looking Out For ME?” positive messaging campaign as a way to help students living with or experiencing symptoms of depression.
Prior to CADCA’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute, Project SAM will hold a National Marijuana Action Summit, featuring SAM Chairman Patrick J. Kennedy. The Summit will take place on Saturday July 19-20 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel and Waldorf Astoria Orlando complex. In addition, immediately following the Mid-Year CADCA will hold the Geographic Health Equity Symposium: Where You Live Matters to Your Health, which will explore geographic health disparities related to tobacco use and cancer.
Last week, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) called on President Obama to meet with the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to get more facts on the lasting effects of marijuana on the brain and the significant differences between the effects of today’s more potent marijuana and alcohol and tobacco.
Prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Since there is no uniform system for drug disposal, prescription drug take-back days have become an increasingly vital tool to protect communities, providing a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse. To help coalitions plan and organize drug take-back days in time for the DEA’s 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance, in partnership with CADCA, has released the Drug Take-Back Toolkit.
Teens and young adults who are exposed to marketing materials for tobacco products, such as coupons and websites, were far more likely to begin smoking or to be current smokers than those not exposed, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The findings were reported by Health Behavior News Service.
Alcohol-free block parties are being planned. Social networking pages are filling up with tweets and posts about alcohol abuse and prevention, and local police stations and community organizers are hosting family information nights. Why? Because April is the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.’ (NCADD) Alcohol Awareness Month. And CADCA coalitions nationwide are joining NCADD affiliates, schools, colleges, churches, and countless community organizations in sponsoring events that increase public awareness and educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a prescription treatment that can be used by family members or caregivers to treat a person known or suspected to have had an opioid overdose. Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride injection) rapidly delivers a single dose of the drug naloxone via a hand-held auto-injector that can be carried in a pocket or stored in a medicine cabinet.
After local data showed alarming rates of prescription drug abuse among youth in their community, the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition serving Manchester, Tenn. put into action a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem that resulted in major results. A key to their success was engaging physicians and other medical professionals.
New data from a national survey of high school students shows that teens who receive a message from their parents that underage drinking is completely unacceptable are more than 80 percent less likely to drink than teens who receive other messages. The survey, and corresponding infographic, was released this week by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Nationwide Insurance®.
The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period.