The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy this week, which includes a focus on substance abuse prevention. The Strategy highlights the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, noting that community coalitions are an effective vehicle to prevent drug abuse before it starts.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has launched the Pass It Forward Video Challenge – a video competition for young people aged 18-25 to stimulate awareness and creative planning for use of SAMHSA resources. The Challenge asks young people to use what they know about social media to create 2-minute videos focusing on substance abuse prevention and recovery. As a national partner of the Video Challenge, CADCA encourages adult and youth coalition leaders to participate in this exciting opportunity.
Health Behavior News Service reported on a new study which found that establishing smoke-free policies for public housing would help protect residents, visitors and employees from the harmful effects of smoking and result in significant cost savings. The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
To reduce underage and binge drinking, the BAY Team – Barrington’s Substance Abuse Task Force, in Barrington, R.I. successfully advocated for a change in the town ordinance to require more frequent training for all servers and sellers of alcohol in the Barrington community. A case study of the coalition’s efforts is the first one to be featured in a brand-new section of CADCA’s website called the Coalition Ideas Exchange.
If your coalition is interested in inspiration and finding the right formula for your community’s substance abuse problems, join us in the live music capital of the world -- Austin, Texas – for CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute July 21-25. Online registration is now open!
CADCA’s National Coalition Institute is thrilled to offer the Coalition Ideas Exchange, a new space in response to the many requests received from coalition leaders, members and volunteers to provide more opportunities that foster ideas sharing and networking. Through the Ideas Exchange, coalitions will be able to access the latest information from other organizations across the country that are implementing innovative strategies and interventions to address substance abuse in their communities.
In an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that it will not accept or approve any generic forms of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that do not employ abuse-deterrent technology. The agency also approved updated labeling for reformulated OxyContin tablets. The new labeling indicates that the product has physical and chemical properties that are expected to make abuse via injection difficult and to reduce abuse via snorting.
Last week, the President released his FY 2014 Budget Request, which includes cuts to many programs that are key to the substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery fields. Click here to view a funding chart that compares the President’s FY 2014 Budget Request to the FY 2012 enacted levels (note: the comparison is being made to the FY 2012 enacted levels because it is not yet clear how the sequestration will impact each of the individual programs listed in the chart).
In honor of National Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month, the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are hosting a Twitter chat on alcohol use and adolescent health on Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Based on its more than 20-year history of training communities to address substance abuse and its associated problems, CADCA has formed a new partnership with Italy’s Department for Antidrug Policies to begin building community anti-drug coalitions in two major cities – Rome and Bologna. These coalitions will use CADCA’s evidence-based community problem-solving model to reduce substance abuse rates and associated problems, with a special focus on environmental strategies.
Regulating alcohol outlet density, or the number of physical locations in which alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in a geographic area, is an effective strategy for reducing excessive alcohol consumption and associated harms, according to a new report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The report, which was co-authored by CADCA, explores how local communities can address alcohol outlet density, and explains the critical role of health departments and community coalitions in these efforts.
Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman, a social change expert and professor in the Department of Psychology and a Senior Outreach Fellow in University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, will be the keynote speaker at CADCA’s 2013 Mid-Year Training Institute, held July 21-25 in Austin, Texas.
The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) and its component group, the National Prevention Network (NPN), are pleased to announce the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the 2013 National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies (2013 Exemplary Awards).
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released interesting research suggesting that targeted stimulation of the brain's prefrontal cortex is a promising treatment for drug addiction, especially cocaine. It could be as simple as turning a “switch” “on” and “off.”