“They don’t start with a needle in the arm, but they start somewhere.” Those are the haunting but truthful words of Julie Brenner, executive director of the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC), an umbrella organization of soon-to-be 16 coalitions spanning across Oakland County, Michigan. The community is experiencing a heroin and prescription drug epidemic.
Dr. Rodney Wambeam is no stranger to coalitions. He has been evaluating them since 1998, when he applied for a position as project evaluator printed in the classified section of a newspaper at the Nebraska Council to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
CADCA and the Geographic Health Equity Alliance have developed a new educational supplement aimed at teaching young people and parents about the harms and effects of tobacco use. The supplement, which is intended to be used in the classroom, explains the science around the effects of tobacco use and its link to cancer and other chronic diseases and conditions.Issues: Smoking
Being exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke may be just as dangerous as being exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke, says a new study by researchers from the University of California-San Francisco.
To help communities tackle problems they’re facing with prescription drug misuse and abuse, CADCA launched a four-part webinar series this week. The first webinar, entitled “Prescription Drug Abuse: Understanding the National and Local Picture”, was held on Nov. 18 at 3 pm EST.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
CADCA is delighted to announce that Michael Botticelli, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will be the keynote speaker at CADCA’s 25th Annual National Leadership Forum, taking place Feb. 2-5, 2015 in National Harbor, Md.
Forget about Spice and K2. There’s new synthetic cannabinoids in town that a coalition in southeastern Michigan wants you to know about: “Cloud 9” and “Hookah Relax”.
Would you like to win free registration and travel to attend CADCA’s 2015 National Leadership Forum? How about a cash prize? If so, apply for CADCA’s Dose of Prevention Award. The award recognizes coalitions that have helped raise awareness about the dangers of medicine abuse in their community – especially teen cough medicine abuse.
According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, using marijuana heavily over many years can actually shrink the human brain, especially in people who started smoking in their early teens.