The proportion of all substance abuse treatment admissions of those age 12 and older involving abuse of prescription pain relievers rose by more than 400 percent from 2.2 percent in 1998 to 9.8 percent in 2008, according to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
Does your coalition need help developing action plans and conducting community assessment? Are you struggling with getting important sectors of the community to join your coalition? CADCA's National Coalition Institute provides coalitions with free telephone and Web-based technical assistance to increase their effectiveness.
Mobilizing a community behind a common cause does not happen easily. It takes work to mobilize and engage people and there are no one-size-fits all techniques. It's more than getting people to show up at a meeting; you need to inspire them to take the next step.
The Substance and Mental Health Services Administration reports that although illegal tobacco sales to youth have decreased during the past 13 years, 2009 saw the first slight increase in sales to minors.Issues: Smoking
It takes more than a village to create change and make stronger communities. More often than not, it takes a region and even your entire state to make coalition work work. Learn how to build a statewide alliance at a special track at CADCA's Mid-Year Training Institute July 26-29 in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will host a webinar with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, Justice Sponsored Blueprints for Violence Prevention, and Federal Working Group Findyouthinfo.gov called "Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions—Determining What’s Best for You" from 2-3 p.m. EST July 20.
Guam's Acting Governor Dr. Mike Cruz today signed into law the Ramon Oberiano Act which raises the legal drinking age from 18 to 21. The measure, which takes effect immediately, has been dubbed a success by coalitions in Guam which played a major role in getting the measure passed.Issues: Minimum Drinking Age Law
While heavy student drinking has been implicated in recent disturbances and tragedies on college campuses, few schools and communities have united successfully in curbing alcohol access, a new study suggests. Researchers noted that most colleges are not implementing community-based approaches, which have been found to be effective in reducing college drinking. The study was reported in Health Behavior News Service.
Issues: College Drinking
The level of community engagement and active, dedicated members are vital components for your coalition's success. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan evaluated the efforts of the Allies Against Asthma Program, demonstrating that community coalitions with highly involved partnerships are the most successful in producing policy and systems change.
Bring your coalition evaluator to CADCA's Mid-Year Training Institute taking place July 26-29 in Phoenix, Ariz. and take a variety of training workshops that have been designed to help coalition leaders and their coalition evaluators meet DFC core measures requirements and develop a comprehensive coalition evaluation plan. Evaluation is an essential component to help coalitions track their contributions to reductions in substance abuse rates.