The Substance and Mental Health Services Administration reports that although illegal tobacco sales to youth have decreased during the past 13 years, 2009 saw the first slight increase in sales to minors.
Mobilizing a community behind a common cause does not happen easily. It takes work to mobilize and engage people and there are no one-size-fits all techniques. It's more than getting people to show up at a meeting; you need to inspire them to take the next step.
Does your coalition need help developing action plans and conducting community assessment? Are you struggling with getting important sectors of the community to join your coalition? CADCA's National Coalition Institute provides coalitions with free telephone and Web-based technical assistance to increase their effectiveness.
The proportion of all substance abuse treatment admissions of those age 12 and older involving abuse of prescription pain relievers rose by more than 400 percent from 2.2 percent in 1998 to 9.8 percent in 2008, according to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) supports a campaign to defeat her state's controversial marijuana legalization ballot measure, Proposition 19. Feinstein called it "a jumbled legal nightmare that will make our highways, our workplaces and our communities less safe."
Faces & Voices of Recovery has launched the Guide to Mutual Aid Resources, an online, one-stop resource for people looking for help with addiction and recovery. Visitors can find out about the many varieties of online and in-person mutual aid groups that are helping people find and sustain their recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The Guide is available on the Faces & Voices of Recovery website and features more than 50 mutual aid groups including Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery and Women for Sobriety.
Since prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States, ONDCP launched a prescription drug abuse initiative aimed at preventing and reducing prescription drug abuse and emergency room visits resulting from that abuse.
Current users of ecstasy — those using about two tablets of the drug monthly — had lower levels of serotonin transporter (SERT) in the cerebral cortex of their brains, according to Canadian researchers who successfully replicated a smaller study from Johns Hopkins University.
Bring your coalition evaluator to CADCA's Mid-Year Training Institute taking place July 26-29 in Phoenix, Ariz. and take a variety of training workshops that have been designed to help coalition leaders and their coalition evaluators meet DFC core measures requirements and develop a comprehensive coalition evaluation plan. Evaluation is an essential component to help coalitions track their contributions to reductions in substance abuse rates.
The level of community engagement and active, dedicated members are vital components for your coalition's success. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan evaluated the efforts of the Allies Against Asthma Program, demonstrating that community coalitions with highly involved partnerships are the most successful in producing policy and systems change.
While heavy student drinking has been implicated in recent disturbances and tragedies on college campuses, few schools and communities have united successfully in curbing alcohol access, a new study suggests. Researchers noted that most colleges are not implementing community-based approaches, which have been found to be effective in reducing college drinking. The study was reported in Health Behavior News Service.
Guam's Acting Governor Dr. Mike Cruz today signed into law the Ramon Oberiano Act which raises the legal drinking age from 18 to 21. The measure, which takes effect immediately, has been dubbed a success by coalitions in Guam which played a major role in getting the measure passed.
The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse has granted the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry $1.86 million to study the oral and dental consequences of methamphetamine use, since dentists are often the first to detect if a patient is a meth user.
Help spread the word that recovery from substance abuse addiction is real by participating in the national Recovery Month observance this September. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), this public health campaign is designed to highlight the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment and to promote the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. To help community organizations plan a Recovery Month event or campaign, SAMHSA along with the Recovery Month planning partners have developed the Recovery Month Toolkit.
A new study finds mental health issues such as depression and anxiety increase along with exposure to second-hand smoke. Dr. Mark Hamer of University College London says previous research found that smokers have a higher rate of mental illness, specifically depression.