Around 1,900 community leaders from throughout the United States and 15 countries gained new skills and strategies to prevent teen drug use at CADCA's 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute, held July 20-24 in Orlando, Fla. The event featured a number of national and state experts, including Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
A youth coalition located in the small, frontier town of Sturgis, South Dakota has cut instances of drunk driving nearly in half over the past three years, but not without support from the community.Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
A study by Quest Diagnostics found that five states that have recently implemented comprehensive prescription drug abuse prevention programs showed the highest rate of decline in prescription drug abuse nationwide. Findings suggest that broad, collaborative measures, including prescription drug databases and physician and patient education may be the most effective at bringing the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic to a screeching halt.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning this week, suggesting that Americans avoid powdered caffeine. The decision was likely triggered by the death of an 18-year-old Ohio prom king Logan Steiner, who accidentally overdosed on the powdered version of the stimulant just before his graduation ceremony this May.Issues: Over the Counter Drug Abuse
When it comes to tobacco use, there are a number of policies that have been proven effective in reducing the youth tobacco use. During an upcoming CADCA webinar, “New Roots, Old Problem: Local Policy Approaches that Address Emerging Tobacco Trends”, two national tobacco policy experts will review the various strategies that have been used by communities and states to reduce tobacco use. The webinar will be held on July 31 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST. Register today!Issues: Smoking
According to a report by the Coalition for Health Funding, overall federal funding for public health programs has been drastically cut over the past four years and it’s adversely affecting Americans in a direct way. Federal agencies that deal with substance abuse prevention and treatment have been affected the most.
Cigarette warning labels can influence a smoker to try to quit even when the smoker is trying to avoid seeing the labels, according to a survey of thousands of adult smokers in four countries published by the American Psychological Association.Issues: Smoking
Having conversations with children and teens about risky behaviors like underage drinking can seem daunting. But now, a new mobile app developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is making that task easier.Issues: Underage drinking
Too often the message people get about marijuana is that it’s a harmless drug that doesn’t impact public health. However, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs (The Council) hopes to change that through a new statewide initiative launched this year.