Road traffic crashes kill nearly 1.2 million people worldwide every year, and injure millions more, and they are the second leading cause of death for people aged 5 to 25. To draw attention to this problem, the United Nations named April 23-29th, 2007 Global Road Safety Week. This year, the worldwide observation will focus on preventing drunk driving among young people.
American Indians and Alaska Natives ages 12 or older were less likely to have used alcohol in the past year than were members of other racial groups, but they were more likely than members of other racial groups to have a past-year alcohol use disorder and to have a past-year illicit drug use disorder, according to new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) today announced the establishment of four Centers of Excellence for Physician Information, which will serve as national models to support the advancement of addiction awareness, prevention, and treatment in primary care practices. The NIDA Centers of Excellence (NIDA COEs) will target physicians-in-training, including medical students and resident physicians in primary care specialties.
Congressmen Patrick Kennedy (D-1st/RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-3rd/MN) will continue to battle for parity insurance coverage for chemical addiction and mental health in the 110th session of Congress. Kennedy and Ramstad will reintroduce the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, which would bar health plans with 50 or more members from setting different reimbursement, co pays, deductibles and limits for chemical addiction and mental health ailments, than for physical illnesses, in the near future.
Law enforcement officials in Carson City, Nev. have discovered a new kind of methamphetamine that they fear can be more attractive to young people—bright pink strawberry-flavored meth. The event was reported in the Jan. 29th issue of the Nevada Appeal.
Super Bowl Sunday is one of America´s biggest and most entertaining national sporting events of the year, yet historically it has also been one of the nation´s most dangerous days on the roadways due to drunk driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed an online planner that can help community leaders promote safe Super Bowl celebrations and increase awareness about the dangers Super Bowl Sunday parties pose to young people.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) recently completed a national survey with state National Prevention Network (NPN) representatives to assess how states support community coalitions and how community coalitions fit into statewide prevention plans. The survey seeks to determine state´s views on coalition training needs and how states coordinate state resources for substance abuse prevention coalitions. All 50 states and the District of Columbia participated. The survey, endorsed by the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), provides a national perspective of how states understand and work with community coalitions.
Most people are aware of the high costs of alcoholism, but many people do not realize that some of the most serious harm from this addiction is felt by children whose parents are dependent on alcohol or illicit drugs. During Children of Alcoholics Week, observed Feb. 11-17, 2007, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), an education and advocacy organization that speaks for children whose parents suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction, hopes to shine a spotlight and increase prevention and treatment initiatives for these children.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Coalition Institute (NCI) and White Bison, a nonprofit organization that helps coordinate healing resources within Native American communities, announced a two-day grant application workshop to assist Native American communities who wish to compete for Federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants.
At CADCA, we´re always looking for ways to keep coalition leaders informed. Next week, more than 3,000 coalition leaders will gather in Washington, DC, for CADCA´s National Leadership Forum XVII. Each evening during the Forum, CADCA and a team of journalists will post news of the day´s events—such as reports from Capitol Hill Day, and share highlights, photos and "need to know" information on the CADCA Forum Blog. Journalists will include youth and coalition leaders from around the country who are attending CADCA´s Forum and have agreed to be your eyes and ears for the Forum.
The Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools is now accepting grant applications for its Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Models on College Campuses program. The program aims to identify models of effective campus-based alcohol and other drug prevention programs and disseminate information about these programs to other colleges and universities where similar efforts may be adopted.
On March 1st, Representatives Patrick Kennedy (D-1st/RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-3rd/MN) are joining HBO, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a preview screening of HBO’s ADDICTION on Capitol Hill. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with leading experts on drug and alcohol addiction and recovery.
Stories are one of the most powerful tools in education. CADCA´s National Coalition Institute wants to include more stories in our classroom trainings, printed materials and on-line instruction. We are looking for real-world examples of outstanding coalition work. Over the coming year we´ll be asking for stories on a variety of coalition topics. Currently, we are seeking stories about community assessment.