States that decriminalized marijuana saw dramatic increases in children requiring medical intervention, although the overall number of unintentional marijuana exposures among children remained low. That’s according to the Annals of Emergency Medicine study of call volume to U.S. poison centers from January 2005 through December 2011 published this month. The study was reported in Science Daily.
Over the last decade, the growth of the Internet, social media and mobile technology have drastically changed the way people obtain and disseminate information. With the increasing popularity of ebooks and tablet ownership, current trends are leaning closer toward the adaptability and expanded reach of developing dynamic digital and new media content. CADCA’s National Coalition Institute is committed to finding new, innovative ways to reach new and existing audiences, and will now offer publications through a new digital library.
In the City of Newburgh, NY, an hour away from New York City, 97 percent of stores surveyed by TEAM Newburgh, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County - Gateway Center, sold drug paraphernalia and tobacco products right within children’s reach. Rather than throw their hands up in the air and walk away from the problem, the coalition actually started walking the neighborhoods, meeting and befriending residents and enlisting their help to make the coalition more well-known as a force for good.
More than 2,500 community leaders representing almost every state and U.S. territory took part in CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum this week, learning new strategies to address local drug-related issues and renewing their commitment to preventing teen drug use.
CVS Caremark Corp. surprised many with an announcement this week that they will stop selling tobacco products in their CVS/Pharmacy stores by Oct. 1. In response, CADCA issued a statement thanking the major drugstore chain.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign this week to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of kids ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers. “The Real Cost” campaign is the FDA’s first of several planned tobacco education campaigns using the new authority granted under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are now accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. ONDCP expects to award approximately 182 new grants to community drug prevention coalitions throughout the United States. The deadline to submit DFC grantee applications is March 24, 2014.
Developing youth leadership can strengthen a coalition's ability to reach out to some of the most active minds and personalities in a community. In the latest addition to CADCA’s Coalition Ideas Exchange, the H.E.A.R.T. Coalition discusses how it collaborated with youth to engage in an advocacy and media messaging campaign to establish a Smoke Free Parks Ordinance throughout the City of Atlanta, GA.
A new CDC report released today provides a guide to each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for planning and implementing a comprehensive tobacco control program. The CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs - 2014 describes an integrated programmatic structure for implementing interventions proven to be effective and provides levels of state investment to prevent and reduce tobacco use in each state.
An increasing number of children suffer from the consequences of maternal drug exposure during pregnancy, and Cannabis is one of the most frequently used substances. This motivated the study, published in the EMBO Journal and reported in Medical News Today, conducted in mice and human brain tissue. The study found that consuming marijuana during pregnancy results in defective development of nerve cells of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that orchestrates higher cognitive functions and drives memory formation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its Prevention Status Report on tobacco, which offers people in the prevention field valuable information about key policies and practices that can help states and communities prevent or reduce smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
CADCA has appointed Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, President of Southeast Missouri State University, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Dobbins brings more than 30 years of experience in Academic administration to CADCA’s diverse Board of Directors.
Resources to help parents, health care providers, and substance abuse treatment specialists treat teens struggling with drug abuse, as well as identify and interact with those who might be at risk, were released this week by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The release came before the start of National Drug Facts Week, an annual observance to educate teens about drug abuse. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.
Comments made by President Obama about marijuana in a recent interview with The New Yorker made headlines earlier this week. In response, CADCA issued a statement from Gen. Arthur Dean, CADCA’s Chairman and CEO.