When it comes to our nation’s growing prescription drug epidemic, communities are where the most innovative solutions are found. At the same time, state-level leaders are drafting reports, policies and state plans that can have a big impact on this problem. Are you in touch with your state leaders? Does your coalition fit into your state’s plans to reduce over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse?
Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 and 10 of the highest prescribing states for prescription painkillers are in the South, according to a Vital Signs report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, “Opioid Painkiller Prescribing: Where You Live Makes a Difference”, provides steps that states, the federal government and others can take to reduce opioid overdoses, highlighting an example of a state that reversed its overdose trend.
The number of deaths in the U.S. and Canada involving prescribed painkillers has skyrocketed over the past few years, making it higher than the number of deaths involving heroin and cocaine combined, but why?
When coalitions seek data to define the root causes and local conditions that represent substance use in their communities, the first things that might come to mind are the numbers. What percent of high school students have smoked marijuana in the past 30 days? How many motor vehicle crashes resulted from excessive alcohol consumption?
Many coalitions are often so invested and involved in doing the work they forget how important it is to talk about their successes. To fund and sustain their efforts, it is crucial for coalitions to tell their story of how their local strategies led to achievements in community-level outcomes. CADCA’s GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards provides coalitions with a valuable tool to help them share their success story with potential funders.
Design changes and chemical additives introduced by tobacco companies in recent decades have made cigarettes more addictive, more attractive to kids and even more deadly, according to a report issued this week by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
First it was the marijuana cook book and games for “stoners”, then the t-shirts promoting underage drinking and who can forget the flasks and glasses made to resemble prescription drug bottles? Now Urban Outfitters, the retail store popular with young teens, is at it again but have they crossed the line? To promote their new partnership with a salon called Hairroin, Urban Outfitters gave away promotional pens made to resemble hypodermic needles at their newest flagship store in New York City.
In a new article in the Washington Post, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, explains why legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington state is a risky social experiment that could lead to a slew of negative consequences and increase youth marijuana use.
The profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially since 1993, according to a new study released this week in the journal Public Health Reports, which shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, marijuana and multiple drugs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching hard-hitting ads for its 2014 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign. Beginning July 7, these ads will run nationwide for nine weeks on television, radio, billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers.
Whether your state has passed legal or medical marijuana, or is debating legalization, CADCA has designed a series of six courses as part of CADCA’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute that will amplify your knowledge and understanding of marijuana issues. Coalitions will learn the facts about marijuana, what the federal enforcement priorities are, and how to best tackle marijuana use in their communities – no matter the state climate.
During a Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Senate hearing this week, Senate Democrats accused the makers of e-cigarettes of marketing their products to children, despite executives’ claims to the contrary. The story was reported by the Associated Press and CQ Roll Call.
Hospital emergency department visits related to the use of methamphetamine rose from 67,954 in 2007 to 102,961 in 2011 according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).