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.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
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.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
Has your coalition used data-driven strategies to successfully fight substance abuse in your community? Has your coalition contributed to community-wide declines in substance abuse? If so, CADCA invites you to apply for a Got Outcomes! Coalition of Excellence Award! All applicants receive customized technical assistance and feedback on logic models and data presentation and get tips on effectively communicating their coalition story and outcomes to funders and other stakeholders. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, June 30th, 2010.
Programs are wonderful, but long-term policy and systems changes are even better. At CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute next month in Phoenix, learn how to develop state and regional alliances to create policy and systems change. Presenters Sharon O'Hara and Deacon Dzierzawski will take you through the process to fight city hall and even the state government during a special course track on creating alliances. Attend this training and leave knowing how to build state capacity and do statewide strategic planning. The track will include shorter presentations by actual statewide alliance leaders.
While most parents care about the dangers that substance abuse can pose to young people, it's not always easy to reach parents – let alone to get them engaged in a coalition's prevention efforts. At the next CADCA TV show, entitled The Parent Factor: Partners in Prevention, learn how to engage and mobilize even the hardest-to-reach parents in the community. The show airs June 24 from 1-2 p.m. EST.
A small research study indicates that the teenagers may experience the release of the brain's pleasure-and-reward chemical dopamine more acutely than children or adults. Researchers said the findings could help explain why teens are more prone to risk-taking than people of other ages.
PRIDE Bermuda, a non-profit organization aimed at preventing youth drug use, and the Bermuda’s Ministry of Culture & Social Rehabilitation Department for National Drug Control (DNDC), have partnered to launch a media campaign to engage parents and others in drug prevention efforts. The campaign, which includes public service announcements (PSA)s running on Bermuda Broadcasting Company network of stations and interviews on Bermuda’s #1 radio talk show, FM 89, also aims to raise awareness of the June 26th observance of International Day Against Drug Abuse.
Congressional Quarterly reported on June 11 that President Obama has signed an executive order creating a National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council — an entity authorized in the new health care law.