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.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the release of $373 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to fund the first part of a new $650 million public health initiative, Communities Putting Prevention to Work. This initiative will put money into the hands of communities, states, and territories with the goals of reducing risk factors for chronic diseases and promoting wellness.
Enforcing and enacting state minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) laws reduces alcohol-related fatal crashes among young drivers. A study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research provides support for MLDA laws and encourages all states to implement them. Community coalitions are a vital asset in this process and research suggests coalitions should focus efforts on advocating and enforcing state MLDA laws.
CADCA is now accepting workshop proposals for its 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 conference theme is Coalitions at Work: Restoring Communities. CADCA is requesting workshop proposals addressing the latest research findings, program successes, lessons learned or problems solved. The submission deadline is Friday, October 16, 2009.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week announced the recipients of 23 grants totaling more than $4.4 million over four years for the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act program. The STOP Act program works to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth in communities throughout the United States.
The Beacon Journal reported that the CEO of the national PTA, Byron Garrett, criticized the Administration for proposing cuts to the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program. Garrett’s criticism was spurred on by the beating death last week of a 16-year-old Chicago honor student.
Thanks to the efforts of the Coalition for Whole Health of which CADCA is an active member, addiction and mental health parity are now included in all proposed healthcare reform bills, as the Senate Finance Committee unanimously adopted an amendment to require parity for all plans in the proposed health insurance exchange. This is a major victory, as the Finance bill would mandate addiction and mental health coverage and extend parity to small employer and individual health insurance plans, whereas last year’s passage of the Wellstone/Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act guaranteed parity in health insurance provided by large employers.