With more young people abusing prescription drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana, communities across the country are holding prescription take back events as part of their efforts to reduce youth access to these drugs and increase awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
College athletes who use performance-enhancing substances may be at greater risk of abusing alcohol and using other drugs as well, according to new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
The study, of 234 male athletes at one university, found that those who used performance enhancers – ranking from steroids to stimulants to weight-loss supplements – were more likely to admit to heavy drinking and using drugs like marijuana and cocaine. They also had elevated rates of alcohol- and drug-related problems, such as missing classes, failing tests or getting into fights.Issues: College Drinking
OJJDP has created an online tool that teaches communities effective strategies to address local gang problems. The tool, provided by OJJDP and BJA's National Gang Center, is called the Comprehensive Gang Model Overview. It provides a 23-minute discussion of OJJDP's Model for identifying target areas with high levels of gang activity, locating gangs, and focusing appropriate resources on them. The tool also describes how communities can follow proven anti-gang strategies and how to implement the Model locally.
Due to the growing popularity of alcoholic beverages containing caffeine, the Food and Drug Administration recently notified nearly 30 manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic drinks that it intends to look into the safety and legality of their products.
- If you missed the CADCA National Coalition Institute's Webinar - CADCA's Institute…Helping New Grantees Get Smarter Faster last week, you still can benefit from this valuable presentation! The recording and handouts for this Webinar are available on the CADCA site.
On Tuesday, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution asking that marijuana’s federal Schedule I classification be reconsidered. The two sentence statement is as follows: “Our American Medical Association urges that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines. This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product.”
The Revere CARES Coalition in Revere, Mass.; Missouri Partners in Prevention in Columbia, Mo.; and MATForce (Methamphetamine Advisory Task Force), The Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition in Prescott Valley, Ariz., have been named the 2009 GOT OUTCOMES! winners. The groups, which won in three separate categories, were selected for their innovative and communitywide strategies to reduce substance abuse rates in their communities.
Building and maintaining a successful coalition requires not only an effective leader, but also a plan to ensure that the coalition can survive even when that leader is gone. That’s why it’s important to train your current leader and other potential leaders who are involved with your coalition, including young people. But just how should coalitions get the most from the leaders they have and cultivate the next generation? Watch the next CADCA TV show, “Building Bench Strength: Finding New Leaders,” airing on Nov. 19 from 1-2 p.m. EST, to learn how.
The rigors of medical training sharpen a doctor's ability to diagnose and treat a wide variety of human afflictions. However, drug abuse and addiction are often insufficiently covered in medical school curricula, despite the fact that drug use affects a wide range of health conditions and drug abuse and addiction are themselves major public health issues.
Contradicting what most parents might think, participation in team sports doesn’t necessarily encourage healthier behaviors in teenage boys. Instead, new research finds that it is actually associated with increased fighting and drinking.