Alcohol-free block parties are being planned. Social networking pages are filling up with tweets and posts about alcohol abuse and prevention, and local police stations and community organizers are hosting family information nights. Why? Because April is the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.’ (NCADD) Alcohol Awareness Month. And CADCA coalitions nationwide are joining NCADD affiliates, schools, colleges, churches, and countless community organizations in sponsoring events that increase public awareness and educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a prescription treatment that can be used by family members or caregivers to treat a person known or suspected to have had an opioid overdose. Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride injection) rapidly delivers a single dose of the drug naloxone via a hand-held auto-injector that can be carried in a pocket or stored in a medicine cabinet.
After local data showed alarming rates of prescription drug abuse among youth in their community, the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition serving Manchester, Tenn. put into action a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem that resulted in major results. A key to their success was engaging physicians and other medical professionals.
New data from a national survey of high school students shows that teens who receive a message from their parents that underage drinking is completely unacceptable are more than 80 percent less likely to drink than teens who receive other messages. The survey, and corresponding infographic, was released this week by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Nationwide Insurance®.
The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period.
CADCA will present a new webinar on Wednesday, May 7 from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST which will explore how to develop and implement campaigns to reduce tobacco use in rural and frontier communities. During the webinar, entitled Igniting a Spark: Tips for Building Impactful Campaigns with Limited Funding, experts will discuss how coalitions can apply cost-effective strategies to sustain campaign visibility overtime using social media mechanisms, resources from national tobacco prevention campaigns and other non-conventional mediums.
Late last month a devastating landslide killed and injured several people in Snohomish County in Washington state. Among those affected by this tragedy were members of the Darrington Prevention Intervention Community Coalition located in the small, mountain community of Darrington, Wash.
With motor vehicle crashes serving as the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, community coalitions play a critical role in helping to combat alcohol and drug abuse’s contributions to a serious public health concern. While alcohol remains the most common substance in dead drivers, the increase in marijuana availability due to medicinal and decriminalization campaigns requires new strategies and research to reduce impaired driving rates. Through an innovative project funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), CADCA is currently working on supporting local efforts to adopt and implement evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to reduce impaired driving.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) this week released the new 2014 County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states, allowing each state to see how its counties compare on 29 factors including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity, access to healthy foods, and much more.
A potent liquid form of nicotine is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel, reports the New York Times. These “e-liquids,” the key ingredients in e-cigarettes, are powerful neurotoxins. Tiny amounts, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal. A teaspoon of even highly diluted e-liquid can kill a small child.
Did your organization help pass a local tobacco-free ordinance? Did you successfully reduce youth tobacco use in your community? If so, then share your story through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s DCH Success Stories Reporting Tool. This online tool makes reporting your successes easy, providing concrete examples and a Writer’s Resource Center to help you write your story.
Every year on May 5th, people nationwide get together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, with parties, festive foods, and lots of alcohol. The problem is, this holiday all-too-often leads to tragedy when people choose to drive drunk. From 2008-2012, there were 233 people killed in drunk driving crashes around Cinco de Mayo – 89 people in 2012 alone. Help your community avoid these tragedies with a drunk driving prevention campaign.
CADCA invites adult and youth leaders to join us for a world-class professional development opportunity – the 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute, held July 20-24, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. – the home of Disney! The CADCA Mid-Year offers a unique training experience, providing in-depth, skills-building training courses that allow for concentrated instruction, group practice, and knowledge application — the kind of learning experience that is the hallmark of CADCA training events.
As a past GOT OUTCOMES! Coalitions of Excellence award winner in the Milestones category, CADCA-member coalition MATFORCE could have sat on their laurels. Instead, they continued to work on their Prescott Valley, Ariz. substance abuse problems, implementing comprehensive evidence-based strategies along the way. Their hard work paid off once again.