The week of May 18-24, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold its third annual National Prevention Week, which brings together individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities to raise awareness about substance abuse prevention and mental health.
A new study funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offers clues about how teen drinking alters brain chemistry, suggesting early alcohol use has long-term effects on decision making. The study was reported in Newswise.
“Marijuana use is not benign, and adolescents are especially vulnerable to its many known adverse effects,” the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) said in a new policy statement. The AACAP goes on to say that it opposes efforts to legalize marijuana. The announcement was reported in Psychiatric News.
Make plans to attend a special no-cost Geographic Health Equity Alliance Symposium focusing on social change interventions impacting tobacco and cancer-related geographic health disparities. The symposium will be held at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek Hotel, Orlando, Florida on Friday, July 25th from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. immediately following CADCA’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute. Preregistration is required.
Limiting the sale, display, and advertising of tobacco products should be a key part of any comprehensive tobacco control program. The new Point-of-Sale Strategies Tobacco Control Guide, a new publication developed by the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis in partnership with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, helps coalitions do just that. The Guide provides practical guidance on selecting and implementing strategies to reduce exposure to tobacco products and advertising in stores.
The 3rd National Rx Drug Abuse Summit concluded today in Atlanta, Ga. Hosted by Operation UNITE, a Kentucky-based organization and CADCA member, the Rx Summit shines a spotlight on the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and identifies solutions. CADCA, a supporting partner of the Rx Summit, featured prominently at the three-day event, serving as a trainer of various sessions, facilitating panel discussions and showcasing various prescription drug abuse prevention resources.
Registration is open for CADCA’s 13th annual Mid-Year Training Institute scheduled for July 20-24, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria complex. The CADCA Mid-Year will feature a number of in-depth courses geared directly toward community coalitions with Drug Free Communities (DFC) funding. Stay tuned for a full listing of courses which will be posted on the Mid-Year website on May 5th!
As part of its implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed by the President in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover products such as e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and other tobacco products that are currently unregulated.
A national response to the epidemic of prescription opioid overdose deaths was outlined this week in the New England Journal of Medicine by leaders of agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The commentary calls upon health care providers to expand their use of medications to treat opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths, and describes a number of misperceptions that have limited access to these potentially life-saving medications. The commentary also discusses how medications can be used in combination with behavior therapies to help drug users recover and remain drug-free, and use of data-driven tracking to monitor program progress.
In recent months, more reports have surfaced of teens using the drug 25i, commonly known as “smiles” or “N-Bomb”, and often resulting in grave medical consequences. Part of a family of drugs known as phenethylamines, this synthetic drug promises young adults a high similar to LSD or other hallucinogens, but can be extremely dangerous, sometimes leading to death.
If your coalition has not yet completed CADCA’s 2014 Annual Survey of Coalitions, now is the time to participate in the only nationwide survey of substance abuse prevention coalitions. Your coalition does not want miss out on the chance to win an Apple iPad mini before the survey closes on Friday, May 2nd.
Last fall, CADCA began working with local leaders in northern Iraq to build community anti-drug coalitions. Since then, two strong coalitions were formed and they’re already making big changes to local policies and social norms to address the region’s high rate of prescription drug abuse and tobacco use.
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.