Approximately 143,000 young people aged 12 to 17 used inhalants in the past year while dealing with a condition like pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, or sinusitis, according to a new study sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
In a land of white, sandy beaches, a coral table reef with deepwater channels and an average low temperature of 76 degrees, it's hard to imagine life with any problems on Guam. But high-risk drinking across the 30-mile-long United States territory has been a hindrance for the 178,000 people who live and are stationed aboard the island.
In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, communities throughout the nation are conducting town hall meetings to discuss what can be done to prevent and reduce underage drinking. Just like in the U.S. territory of Guam, more than 1,700 community-based organizations will conduct town hall meetings across the country, which is up from 1,500 in 2008, the last time this national event took place.
This is the fourth in a series of articles focusing on the young adults participating in the CADCA National Coalition Institute's Ambassador Program, a workforce development initiative. Recruitment for new Ambassadors begins on April 12, 2010 and submissions must be received by May 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST. Applications will be available on the CADCA Web site by April 12.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Office of Grants Review will be hosting a final Webinar to recruit peer reviewers for the 2010 Drug-Free Communities Request for Applications (both regular and mentoring) April 20 at 1 p.m. EDT.
Please help restore the proposed cut to the Drug-Free Communities program and ensure it is funded at the highest possible level in the final FY 2011 budget by submitting your outcomes to CADCA.
More than a quarter of youth aged 12 to 20 (27.6 percent) drank alcohol in the past month, according to a new survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The study shows that the underage drinking rates were as high as 40 percent in some states such as North Dakota and Vermont.
Coalitions are in the business of preventing youth and adults from ever going down the path of substance abuse. But too often those who have used drugs and are in recovery are left out of the picture. A coalition in Portland, Maine has figured out a way to engage this underserved population, and in the process they're creating passionate prevention advocates.Issues: Recovery
Some of the same brain mechanisms that fuel drug addiction in humans accompany the emergence of compulsive eating behaviors and the development of obesity in animals, according to research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health.