A new study investigating the association between local tobacco policies, the density of tobacco sales outlets, and young people smoking was published by the Mentor Foundation recently. Researchers surveyed 1,491 US children (mean age 14.7 years) and found that those who lived in areas with many tobacco-licensed retail stores smoked more frequently.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. While it is often closely associated with combat veterans and other members of the military, the fact is PTSD can affect anyone who experiences a traumatic event.
Reaching out to local media organizations and various communications channels enhance a coalition’s ability to effectively disseminate substance abuse messaging throughout the community. Media support can increase a coalition’s visibility and add credibility to its campaigns and initiatives as the organization moves from awareness to implementation of comprehensive community interventions. In the latest addition to CADCA’s Coalition Ideas Exchange, the Butler County Coalition outlines how it developed a strong partnership with local media to strengthen the coalition’s capacity address substance abuse issues in the county.
Want to learn some new strategies? How about some big ideas? Join CADCA at our 12th annual Mid-Year Training Institute, July 21-25 in Austin, Texas, where you will come home with “Big Ideas for Social Change.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $56.1 million in Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Planning, Local Education Agency, and Local Community grants. This program assists state, tribal and community programs to build partnerships among educational, behavioral health, and criminal/juvenile justice systems in order to allow children and youth greater access to behavioral health services. In addition, the program works to enhance supports in early childhood and decrease levels of substance use and exposure to violence among students.
Nearly two million Americans have served in military operations overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and many more veterans live and work among us. For many veterans, the transition between military and community life can be difficult. Tune in to CADCA TV’s “Supporting Those Who Serve,” airing starting June 27 and then on demand anytime, hear about the potential problems returning veterans face and what is available to help them.
President Obama and Vice President Biden hosted a White House Mental Health Conference Monday as part of the Administration’s effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness about mental health. President Obama delivered opening remarks and Vice President Biden delivered closing remarks. CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur T. Dean, was among the conference participants.
CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Initiative takes real young people learning real ways to approach real life problems. The evidence-based, youth development training helps young people and their adult advisors strategically address their local alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems. CADCA trains over 1,000 youth and adults each year through the NYLI. Consider being one of these young leaders by registering for the NYLI at CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute, July 21-25 in Austin, Texas. Register now.
CADCA congratulates Dr. Janice Petersen on being confirmed as Prevention Branch Chief with the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Demand Reduction. Dr. Petersen will begin her assignment in Washington, D.C. June 17.
Applications for CADCA’s 2013 GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards are due on Wednesday, June 26th so if you are considering applying, now is the time to start putting together your application materials.
"This is not about me— it is about 'we!'" That was the conclusion of a roomful of concerned citizens as they gathered to discuss the lack of neighborhood involvement in anti-drug coalitions in urban metropolitan areas including New York City.
Remember when products like “bath salts,” “plant food” and “incense” really were what they purported to be? Now these once innocuous products are actually dangerous synthetic drugs disguised as everyday household items. Learn how to tackle the synthetic drug trend in your community at CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute, July 21-25 in Austin, Texas.
This year on World No Tobacco Day, CADCA will launch a new video vignette series highlighting the important work anti-drug and substance abuse prevention coalitions are doing every day to reduce tobacco use.