Prescription drug abuse was ranked among the top five problems facing community anti-drug coalitions in 2008, indicating that this continues to be a growing trend across the country. That’s according to CADCA’s 2008 Annual Survey of Coalitions, an annual survey of drug prevention community coalitions, which represents the only current, national database of community anti-drug coalitions.
In its latest Treatment Episode Data set (TEDS) report, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that the criminal justice system was the largest single source of referrals to substance abuse treatment, accounting for 37 percent of all admissions (approximately 671,000 of the 1.8 million admissions).
Reserve your seat today for a webinar held on Oct 20, 2009 that will showcase a new free toolkit aimed at helping prevent underage drinking. The toolkit, WORKING to Prevent Underage Drinking: Workplace is the Key!, is designed to encourage the adoption of Drug-Free Workplace Programs that deliver education to working parents and other caring adults on how to prevent underage drinking.
Shorts, sweaters—sometimes CADCA’s trainers just don’t know what to pack. In late August, CADCA trainers were in Hawaii reaching coalitions from the 50th state and U.S. territories in the Pacific. Two weeks later, they made the 3,500 mile journey to the 49th state, Alaska.
It all started with one letter from a prevention specialist in Bend, Oregon. On a recent back-to-school shopping trip, Cameo Chambers found t-shirts promoting binge drinking in her local Old Navy store. The shirts carry messages such as “Beer Pressure – Worth Giving In To!” and “Sloshball Champions – Staggerin Falls, Hi.” She wrote to the company and shared her concern with Oregon Partnership, a statewide organization dedicated to ending substance abuse and suicide. In response, Oregon Partnership has launched a campaign to have the shirts removed from stores. CADCA encourages all coalitions to follow suit and write to Old Navy’s parent company, Gap, Inc, requesting that they remove the shirts from store shelves.
Don’t miss an opportunity to attend the CADCA’s 20th Anniversary National Leadership Forum at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Spa on February 8-11, 2010. Scholarship recipients will receive hotel accommodations for up to four nights (excluding incidentals) and registration fee to attend the forum. Click here to submit a Scholarship application.
The fight among students in Chicago that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert highlights the critical need for schools to implement evidence-based violence prevention programs, says forensic clinical psychologist Dewey Cornell in a recent commentary on CNN. In light of these violent acts, Cornell questions why the White House proposes cutting the Safe and Drug Free Schools program, the only source of federal funding for school-based violence and substance abuse prevention.
Research shows that 75 percent of current illegal drug users and 79 percent of heavy alcohol users are employed—with many of them admitting to using illegal drugs or alcohol before or during work hours. Join the nationwide effort to prevent workplace drug use by participating in National Drug Free Work Week, held Oct. 19-25, 2009.
Immunization with an experimental anti-cocaine vaccine resulted in a substantial reduction in cocaine use in 38 percent of vaccinated patients in a clinical trial supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health. The study, published in the October issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, is the first successful, placebo-controlled demonstration of a vaccine against an illicit drug of abuse.
CADCA's National Coalition Institute will host a new Webinar: CADCA's Institute…Helping New Grantees Get Smarter Faster on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. CADCA's Institute serves as the vehicle for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building for Drug Free Communities Support Program grantees and other community anti-drug coalitions throughout the United States.
CADCA has developed a special new track at its upcoming National Leadership Forum, entitled "Meet the Researchers," to highlight the latest research in the substance abuse prevention field and its practical use in community coalition work. Researchers are invited to submit workshop proposals for this track by Nov. 7, 2009.
Don't miss your opportunity to submit workshop proposals, apply for scholarships and/or nominate colleagues for awards for CADCA's 20th Annual National Leadership Forum, which will be held Feb. 8-11, 2010 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the National Harbor in Maryland. The submission deadline for all of these items is Friday, October 16, 2009. Visit CADCA’s Forum Web Page for details.
On Oct. 2, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate New Mexico Human Services Department Secretary Pamela Hyde to serve as the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concluded that in more than 16 states, more people were killed by drugs than by auto accidents. The study, which was reported by the Associated Press, found that the majority of drug-related deaths were caused by the abuse of painkillers
In response to the growing epidemic of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse, the U.S. Senate recently introduced a resolution designating October as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM). CADCA, in partnership with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), is sponsoring several town hall meetings about medicine abuse during the month of October.