Does a mental health issue lead to substance use? Does substance abuse lead to a mental health issue? The answers to those questions are not clear, but we do know millions of adults in the United States have both. A very small percentage of people receive treatment for both conditions and a majority doesn’t receive any treatment at all. Research has shown that treatment addressing both conditions at the same time has better outcomes with lower costs, yet it still isn’t happening nearly enough. Join us on Aug. 29th for our next CADCA TV show where we will explore this complex issue.
Excessive alcohol use causes a large economic burden to states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Excessive alcohol use cost states and D.C. a median of $2.9 billion in 2006, ranging from $420 million in North Dakota to $32 billion in California. This means the median cost per state for each alcoholic drink consumed was about $1.91.
Each year, opioid overdoses kill 15,000 Americans. In Massachusetts alone, more than 500 people die every year from accidental opioid overdoses – three quarters of them from painkillers. Thanks to the efforts by a mom of a recovering heroin addict and coalitions in Massachusetts, 180 people were not included in that death count.
Last month, Illinois became the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. But as the Chicago Tribune reported, substance abuse prevention and treatment experts are finding that the new rule sends a confusing message to young people.
Studies show that prescription drugs are the second most abused category of drugs after marijuana, with one in five young adults reporting that they have abused a prescription drug. Similarly, one in 10 youth ages 12 through 17 reported that they abused OTC cough medicine to get high. During a webinar on Aug. 19th at 4 p.m. EST, learn how to get involved in the CADCA 50 Challenge so you can help educate families about the dangers of medicine abuse.
The White House announced last week that Gil Kerlikowske was nominated by President Obama to become the new U.S. Commissioner of Customs, with the Department of Homeland Security, meaning he would leave his post as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
As with any group formation involving multiple parties, backgrounds and opinions, coalition unification can be a challenging feat. Though members of coalitions join for the shared goal of creating safe and drug-free communities, contrasting personalities and experiences sometimes result in conflict, inhibiting coalition progress. In this instance, members view differences with other members as incompatible for successful collective efforts. A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Calgary identified four crucial factors for facilitating effective community collaboration, including establishing shared leadership and learning objectives.
The latest results from the National Evaluation of the Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) found that coalitions funded by the DFC program have been successful at reducing drug and alcohol use in their communities.
For many teens, prom night is one of the most memorable nights of their lives but too often teens engage in risky behaviors that can lead to negative consequences. To address this, the SAYF (Supporting Ardsley Youth and Families) Coalition launched an effort to educate and empower parents about the potential dangers of prom night.
Research shows that children of hands-on parents are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs. On Sept. 23rd, encourage parents in your community to be more involved in their children’s lives through Family Day.
The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) and CADCA are hosting a free webinar entitled, “Craving Change: Implementing Tobacco Free Policies in Behavioral Health,” on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:30pm EST. This 90-minute webinar will explore how to implement tobacco free policies in mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities.
Could technology help curb underage drinking? The makers of a new app seem to think so. The new iPhone app, called barZapp, aims to help stop underage drinking by making it easier for bartenders and bouncers to spot fake IDs.