In response to the growing national problem of prescription drug abuse, the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) is launching a new study to evaluate treatments for addiction to prescription painkillers. The research is the first large-scale study to assess whether addiction to opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, can effectively be treated with drug treatments currently used for heroin addiction.
Thirty-three states promote community coalitions as a key vehicle for reducing substance abuse in their states. That´s according to CADCA´s State Survey on Coalitions, the first ever national survey on the relationship between states and community coalitions. CADCA´s survey, which was endorsed by the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), aimed to provide a better understanding of how community coalitions fit into statewide prevention plans and training models, as well as state perspectives of coalition issues and needs. Click here to see highlights of CADCA´s State Survey on Coalitions. The complete report will be released next month.
Today, an estimated 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS, with the incidence of new cases increasing each year since 2001. Drug abuse continues to be a major factor in the spread of the disease through both injection and non-injection drug use. In a recent interview, Dr. Jacques Normand, Director of the AIDS Research Program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), discussed the impact that drug abuse has on HIV/AIDS transmission, and what prevention strategies can be used to prevent the spread of the disease. The interview comes as NIDA prepares to host a conference entitled, "Drug Abuse and Risky Behaviors: The Evolving Dynamics of HIV/AIDS" on May 8-9.
A study released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that levels of THC—the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—have reached the highest-ever levels since scientific analysis of the drug began in the late 1970´s. According to the latest data on marijuana samples analyzed to date, the average amount of THC in seized samples has reached 8.5 percent, compared to just under 4 percent reported in 1983.
Youth in Great Falls, Montana not only have to face the everyday challenges of adolescence, but also the allure of a thriving gang life and methamphetamine trade. That´s where the Great Falls Weed & Seed Coalition comes in. By working with law enforcement, youth service providers, drug prevention leaders and schools, the group strengthens protective factors to prevent at-risk teens from entering a life of drugs, crime and violence.
Youths who faced depression in the past year were twice as likely as those who did not have depression to take their first drink or use drugs for the first time, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Methamphetamine may be receiving a flurry of media attention recently, but is it really the major drug problem in your community? During a CADCA broadcast/webcast entitled "Drug Epidemics from Meth to Mothballs: How to Know What’s Really Happening in Your Community," experts will explore statistics on drug use in different parts of the country, and will offer tools that can help coalitions understand the patterns of drug use in their communities. The broadcast/webcast will be aired May 17 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.
A new White House analysis reveals that prescription drug abuse is become increasingly more problematic among females, with higher rates of prescription drug abuse among teenage girls, more emergency room visits among young women, and higher rates of treatment admissions for dependence on some prescription drugs among females. This runs counter to traditional drug use patterns, where males have typically exceeded females.
Popular West Coast fast food chain, Jack in the Box, has always been known for their funny, edgy commercials, but prevention advocates and parents in San Diego County say a recent TV ad is anything but funny. Community leaders are outraged because the ad depicts a young person behind the wheel apparently high on marijuana.
Only 8 percent of people identified as drug abusers, and fewer than 40 percent of those diagnosed with drug dependence, have ever gotten any kind of intervention or treatment, according to the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). The study was conducted by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), components of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers say more efforts are needed to eliminate the stigma associated with addiction.
An underdeveloped mechanism in the brain increases the chance that teens will engage in risky behaviors, according to a study released in Current Directions in Psychological Science. The study sheds light on how coalitions might best direct their prevention efforts with teens indicating that communities can have a much greater effect on reducing risky adolescent behaviors by implementing interventions focused on environmental change rather than concentrating on information-driven prevention programs.
Research shows that adolescents who engage in one form of risky behavior, like drug or alcohol use, are likely to engage in other risky behaviors like self-harm, or having unprotected sex, but often times these behaviors are not discussed during a medical or mental health exam. Now, a new study shows that a simple and brief screening measure called the adolescent risk inventory (ARI) can quickly identify the broad range of risk behaviors found among adolescents. This study appeared in the April 2007 issue of the journal Child Psychiatry and Human Development.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), one of CADCA´s key partners in the fight against cough medicine abuse, launched a new campaign this week that brings together five moms from across the country to spread the word to other parents that teen cough medicine abuse is a serious and growing trend.
During a CADCA broadcast/webcast entitled "Drug Epidemics from Meth to Mothballs: How to Know What’s Really Happening in Your Community," experts will explore statistics on drug use in different parts of the country, and will offer tools that can help coalitions understand the patterns of drug use in their communities. The broadcast/webcast will air Thursday, May 17 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.