- Many baby boomers (Americans in the generation born between 1946 and 1964) are continuing to use illicit drugs as they grow older, causing the rate of illicit drug use to go up within the 50 to 59 year old age segment of the population. According to a new analytical publication produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), those aged 50 to 59 reporting use of illicit drugs within the past year has nearly doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007 while rates among all other age groups are statistically staying the same or decreasing.
To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, A&E Television will host it's second annual Recovery Rally on Sept. 12, 2009 in New York City. The rally features a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to reinforce the message that anyone can cross their own bridge to recovery from drug addiction.Issues: Recovery
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that in 2007, nearly 13,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That's why beginning tomorrow, Aug. 21, and through the Labor Day holiday, NHTSA starts its "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" Crackdown.Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
Two weeks ago, CADCA disseminated a Recess Guide to the field encouraging coalition members to attend at least one of the many town hall meetings occurring throughout the country on healthcare reform. If you already attended a town hall, or are planning to attend, CADCA wants to hear from you. Please write a 500 word article on your experience and submit it to email@example.com as a potential inclusion in Coalitions Online.Issues: Healthcare Reform
This week, Thomas McLellan, Ph.D., a longtime addiction treatment researcher, was sworn in as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). As Deputy Director, Dr. McLellan will serve as the primary advisor to ONDCP Director R. Gil Kerlikowske and assist in the formulation and implementation of the President's National Drug Control Strategy.
For young girls in the Hispanic community, turning 15 is a special occasion that symbolizes their passage into womanhood. To celebrate that transition, families throw a "quinceañera," or coming out party. Once an honored tradition focused on a girl's faith and values, today quinceañeras have become lavish parties where there is no shortage of alcohol. Mirza Martinez, from the Fontana Community Coalition in Fontana, Calif., decided to go against that norm by throwing her daughter an alcohol-free quinceañera.Issues: Alcohol Advertising
A study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that self-service checkout machines at grocery stores have become an easy way for underage youth to purchase or steal alcohol. As a result, a California state Assemblyman introduced legislation that would ban alcohol sales in self-checkout lanes.Issues: Underage drinking
A Canadian study reported in Medical News Today found that smoking marijuana, like smoking tobacco, has toxic effects on cells, challenging the popular belief that smoking marijuana is safer than smoking cigarettes. The study is scheduled for the Aug. 17 issue of ACS' Chemical Research in Toxicology, a monthly journal.
When you buy a new car you're given an instructional manual of all the special features. CADCA's Institute wants to provide coalitions with the same guidance for participation in Connected Communities, a new peer-to-peer network for community coalitions.
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ's) Office of Justice Programs announced more than $24 million in awards to enforce state and local underage drinking laws nationwide. The awards are made through the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program, which supports law enforcement, public education, and coalition building activities to address underage access to and consumption of alcohol.Issues: Underage drinking