CADCA´s National Coalition Institute is seeking 25 coalitions to become part of its pilot Ambassador Program, which aims to broaden and diversify the coalition workforce.
A report released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) found that there are an estimated two million drunk drivers with three or more convictions, including 400,000 drunk drivers with five or more convictions, on the nation´s roadways. The report is based on data given to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by 20 States and the District of Columbia, and also includes data for three additional states provided by other sources.Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
Raising taxes on beer, wine and liquor immediately reduces the number of deaths from alcohol-related diseases such as liver disease, oral or breast cancers, and alcohol poisoning, according to a new study published in the online edition of the American Journal of Public Health. A press release about the study is available through EurekAlert.Issues: Healthcare Reform
In September, CADCA named HBO its 2008 Humanitarian of the Year for HBO´s ADDICTION Project, a multi-media campaign and documentary series aimed at helping Americans understand addiction as a treatable brain disease. Recently, CADCA interviewed Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, about what led to the ADDICTION film and how the process took place.
A drug used to tranquillize horses, called ketamine, is gaining popularity within the dance scene in a number of countries throughout the world. That´s according to a recent report by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, which warned that long-term use of ketamine use can have serious effects on the brain, the kidneys and internal organs.
According to the 2007 Monitoring the Future survey, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications were the most commonly abused drugs by high school students after marijuana, representing six of the top 10 abused drugs among 12th-graders. During the next CADCA TV show, entitled "Easy Access: The Abuse of Legal Drugs," experts will discuss this dangerous trend and provide national, state and local strategies to reduce prescription and OTC medicine abuse.Issues: Abuse
Minimum 21-year-old drinking age laws prevented an estimated 4,441 drunken driving deaths in the last five years alone, according to a new report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
The Washington Post reported that local officials in Prince Georges County, Maryland recently adopted one of the nation´s most sweeping restrictions on the sale of cigars in an effort to curb a trend among urban youths of using hollowed-out cigars to smoke marijuana.
In an effort to prevent freon huffing, from now on all new buildings will be required to have locking caps on air conditioning units. That´s thanks to the efforts of several inhalant prevention advocates and coalitions, who persuaded the International Code Council (ICC), which governs building codes for all states, to approve a proposal requiring new building construction to place locking caps on outside refrigerant units.
In the first clinical trial of a medication that was used for an extended time to treat opioid addiction in young adults, participants who received counseling and Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) for 12 weeks had substantially better outcomes than those who received the standard treatment of short-term detoxification and counseling. The study, published November 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was conducted through the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Opioids include heroin, morphine and prescription pain killers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin.Issues: Treatment