For a team of Washington state high school students, spending two months to produce a 33-second public service announcement was well worth the time it could take to save a fellow young person's life.
A new study finds mental health issues such as depression and anxiety increase along with exposure to second-hand smoke. Dr. Mark Hamer of University College London says previous research found that smokers have a higher rate of mental illness, specifically depression.Issues: Mental Health
Help spread the word that recovery from substance abuse addiction is real by participating in the national Recovery Month observance this September. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), this public health campaign is designed to highlight the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment and to promote the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. To help community organizations plan a Recovery Month event or campaign, SAMHSA along with the Recovery Month planning partners have developed the Recovery Month Toolkit.
The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse has granted the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry $1.86 million to study the oral and dental consequences of methamphetamine use, since dentists are often the first to detect if a patient is a meth user.
This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed David K. Mineta as the Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Benjamin Tucker as the ONDCP’s Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs. CADCA commends the Administration for selecting people of this caliber for these critical posts, as both individuals bring a broad range of experience working with communities to prevent substance abuse and to help enforce laws and regulations.
Don't miss your chance to save on registration for CADCA's 2010 Mid-Year Training Institute, held in Phoenix, Ariz. on July 26-29, 2010. The early-bird discount ends Friday, July 2 so register now! CADCA's Mid-Year Training Institute is the only intensive, coalition-specific training opportunity of its kind, providing in-depth courses specifically designed to address a community leader's biggest concerns and obstacles. The event will be held at the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort.
Don’t miss Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), tomorrow on C-Span’s Washington Journal. The show airs Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 a.m. EST.
Visits to hospital emergency departments involving the nonmedical use of prescription narcotic pain relievers more than doubled, rising 111 percent, between 2004 and 2008, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
College students are more likely to drink and drive after they reach the legal drinking age of 21, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.Issues: Underage drinking
A statewide social marketing and media campaign in West Virgina may be just what the doctor ordered. The "Take Care West Virginia: RX Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign" hopes public service announcements, a new website www.takecarewv.org, prescription bags that include the campaign message and town hall-style forums and discussions will be the cure for their prescription drug abuse problem.