To reduce alcohol and other drug use takes more than just one or two strategies – it takes a variety of strategies involving the entire community. For 13 years, the Revere CARES Coalition in Revere, Mass. has done just that. The result? Reduced underage drinking and binge drinking rates among youth. Because of their success, the Revere CARES Coalition was named CADCA's Got Outcomes! Coalition of the Year award winner. The honor was given to director Kitty Bowman at CADCA's National Leadership Forum last month in Maryland.
After a decade of consistent declines in teen drug abuse, a new national study released this week found marked upswings in the use of various drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana and Ecstasy. The 2009 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) was released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the MetLife Foundation.
While many were able to attend CADCA's 20th Annual National Leadership Forum earlier this month, there were many who unfortunately did not make it due to the blizzard that swept the Washington, D.C. area. While CADCA's cancellation policy does not permit refunds after Jan. 29, due to the historic nature of this snow storm CADCA is working with its Board of Directors and its insurance company to address requests for refunds.
Want to receive useful tools such as a Flip Cam to document footage of your coalition's work in the community, an iPod to stay up-to-date on prevention podcasts, a digital camera to take pictures of your coalition in action or books on social media to help your coalition? Participate in Connected Communities Activities beginning Thursday, February 25, and you could receive of one of these handy items.
The Department of Education (ED)'s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is offering grants for effective university-based initiatives that prevent alcohol and other drug use on college campuses. Grants are available under the "Models of Exemplary, Effective and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses" program.
Representatives Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) have come together to co-chair a new Congressional Caucus on Youth Drug Prevention. The mission of this new caucus is to: educate members of Congress about the benefits of youth drug prevention; raise awareness about the consequences of youth drug use among children, parents and families; raise awareness about the effectiveness of comprehensive, community-wide approaches; and ensure that substance use/abuse prevention is included in all appropriate authorizing and appropriations legislation, and garner support for such legislation. Please call the Capitol Switch Board at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your member of Congress' office and ask that they join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Drug Prevention.
While some illicit drugs are on the decline, according to the 2009 Monitoring the Future survey, inhalants are the number one drug of choice by "tweens" and middle schoolers. National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week (NIPAW), held March 14-20, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of inhalants and to get your community engaged on this issue.
Teens and young adults who are heavy marijuana users are more likely than non-users to have disrupted brain development, according to a new study that appeared last month in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.
For many Detroit, Mich. teens, pot is all relative. When it's your relatives—your aunts, uncles, parents, and grandparents—with the joint in their hand, just saying no isn't always easy. That's why three years ago, the Detroit Recovery Project Coalition began the Love Detroit Youth Initiative as a way to intervene in the destructive path many youth in the area were taking and to change community norms.
Applications are now being accepted for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Mentoring program grants. In their announcement on Tuesday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) said that more than $1.1 million is available for new DFC Mentoring grants and that an estimated 15 new Mentoring grants will be awarded (up to $75,000 per grant, per year).
On Wednesday, February 24th, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) announced the introduction of the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Enhancement Act of 2010. If passed, this legislation would allow current and former DFC grantees to apply for grants of up to $75,000 per year to implement comprehensive, communitywide strategies to address emerging local drug issues or drug crises.
Although men make up the vast majority of drunken drivers in the United States, more young women are driving drunk and getting into fatal car crashes than ever before, a new study reports. The study was reported in Health Day news.
According to the 2008 CADCA Annual Survey of Coalitions, 67 percent of coalitions report implementing compliance checks for alcohol and/or tobacco sales to minors in the past year, and 64 percent said they helped enforce laws and policies discouraging substance abuse. However, only 17 percent of coalitions report being involved in limiting or restricting location and density of alcohol outlets.
The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) proposed diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will eliminate the current categories of substance abuse and dependence, replacing them with the new category "addiction and related disorders." This will include "substance use disorders," with each drug identified as a category such as "alcohol use disorder." This was announced by the APA in a news release on Feb. 10th.
Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), a longtime champion for substance abuse treatment and recovery, has announced that he will not seek reelection to Congress this Fall. The story was reported by the Associated Press last Friday.