Are you struggling to stay up-to-date with the latest research in the field of substance abuse and coalition building? The most successful coalitions generate population-level changes when they base their action plans on evidence-based strategies. In order to keep pace with the dynamic substance abuse field, coalitions must be prepared to adapt their policies and strategies to the latest research.
Hispanic-American adults use drugs and alcohol less frequently than the general population, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
A Los Angeles Times commentary written by current Office of National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske, as well as predecessors John Walters, Barry McCaffrey, Lee Brown, Bob Martinez and William Bennett, published this week explains why Californians should "just say no" to Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana, which is on this November's ballot.
Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse last week announced the results of its newest report National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XV: Teens and Parents.
Congressmen Jack Kingston and Gene Taylor introduced H.R. Bill 5958, which would allow military personnel who are 18 and on active duty to purchase and drink beer and wine at certain locations on military installations. CADCA sent a letter to Congressmen Kingston and Taylor expressing its concerns with the bill and urged them to reconsider moving forward with this legislation.Issues: Minimum Drinking Age Law
All states and territories have made it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. Despite these laws, nearly 12,000 people nationwide during 2008 were killed in crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher. That would be equal to about 30 jumbo jets crashing each year.Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
Legacy recently announced the call for nominations for the 2010 Community Activist Award.
Prescription drugs are being misused and abused at alarming rates throughout the United States. As part of their efforts to address this problem, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on September 25. On that day, the DEA will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
- CADCA recently commented on the draft strategic plan for FY 2010 – 2015 for the Department of Health and Human Services and posted its comments on the HHS website.
Are you a highly motivated individual looking to make a difference in the field of substance abuse prevention? If so, CADCA is currently accepting applications for a new Prevention Fellow.