Whether you’re interested in innovative strategies to address drug-related issues in rural or urban settings or ideas on how to work with law enforcement to change local policies, CADCA’s 2013 Mid-Year Training Institute is the one training you won’t want to miss. Held in Austin, Texas July 21-25, CADCA’s Mid-Year is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity offering 75 half-day and two-day courses for new, established and veteran drug prevention professionals.
Four out of five U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and three out of four report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles, according to a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, entitled “Smoke-Free Rules and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Homes and Vehicles among US Adults, 2009–2010” is the first to present estimates of smoke-free rules and secondhand smoke exposure in vehicles among U.S. adults.
Decades of research strongly support Screening and Brief Intervention as an effective means for identifying and reducing unhealthy alcohol use and related consequences among adults. More recent explorations into the use of SBI for children and adolescents indicate similar benefits and in 2010 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that health care providers of children and adolescents conduct screening for alcohol, tobacco and other drug use during all office visits. A recent study using a national survey of students in the 10th grade found that a significant number of health care providers do not follow these guidelines as recommended.
Has your coalition developed and implemented a strong data-driven process to address substance use/abuse problems in your community? Can your coalition make the case for their contribution to community-level declines in substance use/abuse outcomes? If so, CADCA invites you to apply for a GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Award to receive national recognition for your successes!
Register now for CADCA’s free webinar, “The Coalition Touch: Strategies to Promote CDC’s National Tips from Former Smokers Campaign in Local Communities,” 2-3:30 p.m. EST June 13.
Join the World Health Organization (WHO) in taking a stand against tobacco advertising and sponsorship by taking part in World No Tobacco Day on May 31.
The Cardinal Health Foundation is inviting CADCA coalitions in 18 states and Puerto Rico to apply for grant funding to support local efforts to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription medications.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has named May 12–18, 2013 as National Prevention Week. This year's theme – Your Voice. Your Choice. Make a Difference – emphasizes that the prevention of substance abuse and promotion of mental health starts with the choices each of us makes in our own life. Through our choices, we can set an example of health and well-being for others. With our voices—whether spoken or written—we can raise awareness of behavioral health issues and help create healthier and safer communities.
On May 3 during an address in Mexico City, President Obama confirmed his opposition to drug legalization, saying that “legalizing drugs is not the answer.” In a statement to the media, CADCA’s Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean applauds President Obama for standing firm against drug legalization and acknowledging that the best solution to reducing drug abuse and addiction is to use a comprehensive approach focused on education, prevention and treatment.
If a picture says a thousand words, then 13 Massachusetts students had a lot to say to policy-makers through their Photovoice project. The Everett Community Health Partnership Substance Abuse Coalition (ECHP-SAC) in Everett, Mass. used the innovation of Photovoice to demonstrate youth-led engagement and show decision-makers the necessity for a safer, healthier city.