Twenty percent of U.S. high-school students say they have taken prescription drugs without consulting a doctor, including one in four high-school seniors, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
In an effort to raise awareness about the need for and impact of prevention, Representatives Levin (D-MI/12th) and Bono Mack (R-CA/46th) have partnered to establish the Congressional Caucus on Youth Drug Prevention. This is the first Congressional Caucus ever to focus specifically on substance use/abuse prevention. If you haven't already, please go to http://capwiz.com/cadca/issues/alert/?alertid=15084771&type=CO to urge your Representative to join the Caucus.
Congressmen Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) and Gene Green (D-TX) this week introduced legislation to reauthorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The lawmakers say that this legislation will make needed improvements to the delivery of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services.
With slogans some say are more memorable than their food such as "Yo quiero Taco Bell" and "Think Outside the Bun," Southern California-based fast food chain Taco Bell may have unknowingly created their most indelible campaign with two new summer beverages.Issues: Underage drinking
As a community coalition, you're probably more than familiar with environmental strategies, but how can you be sure that you're using the right one for you specific community needs? Here's your chance to find out. At the 2010 Mid-Year Training Institute in July, CADCA will offer an Environmental Strategies Clinic where you can discover when and why a specific environmental strategy is the right choice for your local condition based on documented science.
A new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals daily underage drinking-related visits to hospital emergency departments were 11 percent higher during the Memorial Day weekend than they are on an average day.Issues: Underage drinking
For many years, countries around the world have participated in the June 26 observance of International Day Against Drug Abuse (IDADA). Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. Now, the observance has been gaining steam here in the United States, with several communities already planning activities during the week of June 26.Issues: International Drug Use
We've all heard the adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words." If that's true, your coalition can speak volumes through photo and video sharing websites. On June 16, 2010, at 3 p.m. EDT, the CADCA National Coalition Institute will continue its social media webinar series session focusing on using photo and video sharing websites to help tell the coalition story. The session is the fourth in a six-part series on how coalitions can incorporate social media into their communications/marketing plan.
The American Lung Association (ALA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) partnered to sponsor World No Tobacco Day this week to bring attention to the harmful effects of tobacco use and highlighting the ways in which the marketing tactics of tobacco manufacturers target women and girls.Issues: Smoking
You've got the passion. You've got the ideas. Now it's time to take your work to the next level! Join us at our 2010 Mid-Year Training Institute where you'll learn how to turn research into practice to make a real dent on your community's substance abuse problems.