Margaret Polovchak from the Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation knows how to tell her coalition's story and soon, she'll be adding video. As the winning entry in the first of a series of Connected Communities activities, Polovchak earned a Flipcam that she can use to highlight and share her coalition's work.
Have you ever forgotten to post an important letter or let an appointment slip your mind? A new study from UK researchers suggests that for those who regularly use ecstasy or other recreational drugs, this kind of memory lapse is more common. Their research, which uncovered potential links between memory deficits and cocaine for the first time, appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE.
As you are already aware, the President recommended cutting funding for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program by $9.5 million, to $85.5 million in his FY 2011 Budget Request. Thanks to all of you who have already responded to CADCA's legislative alert. For those of you who have not yet responded to CADCA's alert, we urgently need your help to ensure this proposed cut does not become a reality. It is critical for you to ACT NOW.
While communities are faced with a number of substance abuse issues, underage drinking continues to be among the most pervasive ones, with nearly 11 million underage drinkers today. That's why April is designated as Alcohol Awareness Month, an annual public awareness campaign that encourages local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.
Imagine spraying dry herbs with unknown chemicals and then smoking them? That's what some youth are doing to get high from what is known on the streets as "spice" or "K2," a synthetic marijuana product sold at convenience stores and smoke shops. However, instead of the typical marijuana-like effects, many youth are turning up in Emergency Rooms with rapid heart rates, elevated blood pressure, severe agitation, anxiety and vomiting.
In Yavapai County, Ariz. if a person is caught selling methamphetamine, they can expect to receive a minimum of five years in prison. That's thanks to the efforts of MATForce (Methamphetamine Advisory Task Force), a coalition of educators, treatment professionals, law enforcement and the county attorney's office that came together to tackle one of the country's hardest hit areas by meth.
Advertising works. And the tobacco industry knows this. So, they keep promoting the infamous Marlboro Man to young men and Virginia Slims to young women. Whether it's an ad in youth-oriented magazines, such as Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone, or retail outlet promotions, cigarette advertising ignites teens' desire to smoke, according to a new study
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 and to use as a video camera when you're out and about, a digital camera to take pictures of your coalition in action or books on social media to help your coalition?
More 12–year-olds have used potentially lethal inhalants than have used marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens combined, according to data released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition's press conference to kick off its 18th annual National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.
When a problem affects the entire state, it sometimes takes the entire state to address the problem. And when the problem is binge, or high-risk drinking on college campuses, it takes both college and coalition staff and students to collaborate. That's what the Missouri Partners in Prevention did to address their community's binge drinking rates.
CADCA is one of 54 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participating in the 53rd session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs taking place in Vienna, Austria this week. The Commission, which is composed of fifty-three member states (or countries), is the principal policy-making body within the UN system on drug control issues. CADCA has a four-person delegation at the Vienna meeting, headed by CADCA Chairman and CEO, General Arthur Dean.
In his FY 2011 Budget Request, the President recommended cutting funding for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program by $9.5 million, to $85.5 million. We urgently need your help to ensure this proposed cut does not become a reality. Given Congress has the power to restore this cut, it is imperative that your members of Congress hear from you immediately.
Applications are now being accepted for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Mentoring program grants. In their announcement, 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).
Of the 2.3 million inmates in prison or jail in the United States, 1.5 million meet the DSM IV medical criteria for substance abuse or addiction. An additional 458,000 had histories of substance abuse; were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of their crime; committed their offense to get money to buy drugs; were incarcerated for an alcohol or drug law violation; or shared some combination of these characteristics, according to Behind Bars II: Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population. Combined these two groups constitute 85 percent of the U.S. prison population.