High school seniors who frown upon the use of drugs are most likely to be female, nonsmokers or hold strong religious beliefs, according to a study by Joseph Palamar of New York University. The study examines how teenagers’ attitudes toward marijuana influenced their thoughts on the further use of other illicit drugs. The work appears online in the journal Prevention Science, published by Springer.
It really does take a village, or in the case of The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County, a city, to make change. The CADCA member coalition, located in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C., launched a new phase of its Don't Drink and Drive advertising campaign this week. This time, Fairfax Yellow Cab and Red Top Cab helped the coalition to print ‘Cab or Cell’ beverage coasters to discourage customers from drinking and driving and causing a crash that can hurt someone or land them in jail.
A new University of Texas at Austin study reveals that teens who begin puberty early and who have rapid pubertal development are at greater risk for experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana.
Halloween is a fun and memorable night for many children and teens. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads.
In several low and middle-income countries, tobacco marketing efforts reach kids as young as 5 and 6 years old. That’s according to a new study from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
While mental health services are critical for individuals suffering from addiction and substance use and abuse, they sometimes carry a negative stigma that can prevent people from seeking needed treatment. In the latest addition to CADCA’s Coalition Ideas Exchange, the Ravalli County Prevention Coalition discusses how it developed an in-depth training curriculum and assessment tool to better educate community members about the stigma associated with mental health issues and improve access to mental health services.
A new report, Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic, finds that 28 states and Washington, D.C. scored six or less out of 10 possible indicators of promising strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse. Two states, New Mexico and Vermont, received the highest score receiving all 10 possible indicators, while South Dakota scored the lowest with two out of 10.
“Molly” is the dangerous new drug in town for the millennial generation. After Molly claimed the lives of two young people in New York City earlier this year, the Putnam County Communities That Care Coalition, a CADCA member coalition in Carmel, N.Y., took action.
A study published in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that approximately one in three teens with bipolar disorder developed substance abuse, for the first time, during 4 years of follow-up. The study also identified several risk factors that predicted who among these teens was most likely to develop substance abuse.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the nation’s premier and largest training conference for community drug prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers. Register now for CADCA’s 2014 National Leadership Forum, held Feb. 3-6, 2014 in National Harbor, Md.
In observance of National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, CADCA will host a Twitter chat on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. EST about prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter medicine abuse. Join CADCA for this lively discussion, where we will explore our nation’s medicine abuse epidemic, solutions to the problem and share tools and resources for parents, educators and community leaders.
A new study by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that drug use is associated with a significantly increased risk of fatal crash involvement, particularly when used in combination with alcohol. The study was reported in Medical News Today.