With motor vehicle crashes serving as the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, community coalitions play a critical role in helping to combat alcohol and drug abuse’s contributions to a serious public health concern. While alcohol remains the most common substance in dead drivers, the increase in marijuana availability due to medicinal and decriminalization campaigns requires new strategies and research to reduce impaired driving rates. Through an innovative project funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), CADCA is currently working on supporting local efforts to adopt and implement evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to reduce impaired driving.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) this week released the new 2014 County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states, allowing each state to see how its counties compare on 29 factors including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity, access to healthy foods, and much more.
A potent liquid form of nicotine is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel, reports the New York Times. These “e-liquids,” the key ingredients in e-cigarettes, are powerful neurotoxins. Tiny amounts, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal. A teaspoon of even highly diluted e-liquid can kill a small child.
Did your organization help pass a local tobacco-free ordinance? Did you successfully reduce youth tobacco use in your community? If so, then share your story through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s DCH Success Stories Reporting Tool. This online tool makes reporting your successes easy, providing concrete examples and a Writer’s Resource Center to help you write your story.
Every year on May 5th, people nationwide get together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, with parties, festive foods, and lots of alcohol. The problem is, this holiday all-too-often leads to tragedy when people choose to drive drunk. From 2008-2012, there were 233 people killed in drunk driving crashes around Cinco de Mayo – 89 people in 2012 alone. Help your community avoid these tragedies with a drunk driving prevention campaign.
CADCA invites adult and youth leaders to join us for a world-class professional development opportunity – the 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute, held July 20-24, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. – the home of Disney! The CADCA Mid-Year offers a unique training experience, providing in-depth, skills-building training courses that allow for concentrated instruction, group practice, and knowledge application — the kind of learning experience that is the hallmark of CADCA training events.
As a past GOT OUTCOMES! Coalitions of Excellence award winner in the Milestones category, CADCA-member coalition MATFORCE could have sat on their laurels. Instead, they continued to work on their Prescott Valley, Ariz. substance abuse problems, implementing comprehensive evidence-based strategies along the way. Their hard work paid off once again.
This week, CADCA joined high-level officials from more than 50 countries at the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria to participate in a critical dialogue about a comprehensive approach to combat world drug use. Throughout the week, CADCA highlighted the community coalition model as an effective drug prevention tool and emphasized the importance of maintaining the UN drug conventions.
While alcohol impaired driving rates among youth have declined in the United States, drug impaired driving appears to be on the rise. Research indicates illicit or prescribed drugs are associated with an increased rate of motor vehicle crashes, making current excessively high rates of drug impaired driving a significant public health concern. A recent study examining data from the Monitoring the Future survey found that just over one out of every four (28 percent) high school seniors either drove under the influence or drove with someone under the influence of alcohol or other illicit drugs, with the percentage of seniors driving after smoking marijuana was almost three times more than alcohol impaired drivers.
Is your coalition trying to reduce tobacco use in your community? Then look no further than CADCA’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute. This year, CADCA will offer two half-day courses at the Mid-Year Training Institute to help coalitions implement tobacco-free living strategies, as well as one-on-one tobacco-specific technical assistance with CADCA’s tobacco use prevention expert.
The numbers of adolescents aged 12 to 17 using inhalants decreased from 820,000 in 2011 to about 650,000 in 2012, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
According to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, 5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not reduce current smoking rates. Help do your part to reduce current rates by participating in a local Kick Butts Day activity on March 19.