Coalitions that complete the 2009 CADCA Annual Survey of Coalitions are eligible to win a free registration to attend the CADCA's 20th Annual National Leadership Forum, held February 8-11, 2010. The Forum is the nation's largest training for substance abuse prevention, treatment professionals and researchers. This year's theme focuses on what community coalitions do best—mobilize communities and implement grassroots prevention strategies.
Capitol Hill Day is one of the most important events at CADCA's National Leadership Forum, providing drug prevention leaders from across the country an opportunity to educate policymakers in Congress about the importance of substance abuse prevention. Between 1-5 p.m. on Capitol Hill Day, which will take place Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, coalition leaders will be able to meet with their U.S. Representative or Senators. If you have five or more people attending your meeting, CADCA can help you arrange your Capitol Hill Day appointments. Simply complete a Capitol Hill Meetings Form and send it to David Kurosky at firstname.lastname@example.org. The form can also be faxed to 703-706-0565. The deadline to request an appointment through CADCA is January 9th.
This week, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in partnership with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), kicked off the "Over the Limit. Under Arrest" national drunk and impaired driving crackdown involving thousands of law enforcement agencies during the holiday season. In addition, DOT announced new data showing states with the best – and worst – improvement over the last year in addressing drunk driving behavior.Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
In recent weeks, there has been extensive media coverage of state efforts to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. However, many of the news reports aren't painting the full picture. That's why last month CADCA and other national organizations developed a joint op-ed calling for more balanced media coverage of this issue. Help us get this op-ed read nationwide by submitting it to your local newspaper!
Some of our communities biggest problems, such as drug abuse and crime, share many of the same risk factors and are intertwined on many levels. So it makes sense to take a public health approach and address these related problems across systems. That's exactly what prevention leaders in the city of Flint, Mich. and Genesee County, Mich. did to address decades of urban decline and increasing problems related to substance abuse, violence, and poverty. Find out how they did it at CADCA's 20th Annual National Leadership Forum, the nation's leading training for substance abuse prevention, treatment professionals and researchers.
The substance abuse prevention field has a historic opportunity to weigh in with Congress to help ensure our field is eligible to compete for billions of dollars from the funds contained in the healthcare reform bills currently being debated. Members of Congress are currently being bombarded with faxes and phone calls from every other "disease interest" organization. So, to ensure that substance abuse prevention is explicitly included in the final version of healthcare reform, it is critical that the field respond to this alert en masse.
Alcoholic beverages popular among youths are more likely to be advertised in magazines with high youth readership than alcoholic drinks consumed mainly by adults, resulting in disproportionately high youth exposure to such targeted alcohol ads, according to a new study.Issues: Alcohol Advertising
CADCA's National Leadership Forum XX is right around the corner and there's no better gift for the youth in your community this holiday season than the opportunity to participate in either the Summit for Youth Leaders! or the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI).
When we think of drug abuse, the first thing that comes to mind is often teens. However, drug abuse affects people of all ages, and America's baby boomer population is no exception. In fact, as drug abuse declines among some younger populations, it's increasing among older adults. Many of the boomers – born between 1946 and 1964 – came of age in the 1960s, an era defined by sex, drugs and rock and roll. While some carried their bad habits into adulthood, others are turning to drugs to deal with feelings of grief, financial difficulties, or other issues. Learn about this growing problem during an hour-long broadcast entitled Drug Abuse & the Boomer Generation. The show, hosted by the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training, a longtime CADCA partner, airs Dec. 17 at 1-2 p.m. EST.
The Marin Institute launched its second annual, nationwide anti-alcohol-advertising contest, FREE the BOWL. This year's theme is "Free the Bowl from Big Al" (a.k.a. Big Alcohol). The contest, for youth and young adults ages 10 to 25, seeks original ads 30 to 60 seconds long to counter excessive alcohol advertising. The alcohol industry watchdog launched the contest at www.FreeTheBowl.com and will use YouTube to showcase entries. The contest deadline is January 26, 2010, two weeks before the Super Bowl, the biggest alcohol advertising and intoxication day of the year.Issues: Alcohol Advertising