July 4th falls on a Sunday this year, giving families a three-day weekend to celebrate, which also means that more people will be on the roads. Coalitions can play a big role in helping to prevent impaired driving and underage drinking through environmental strategies, social norming activities and by working with local police on enforcement activities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a 4th of July Impaired Driving Prevention Planner to help community organizations plan their prevention efforts.Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
Has your coalition used data-driven strategies to successfully fight substance abuse in your community? Has your coalition contributed to community-wide declines in substance abuse? If so, CADCA invites you to apply for a Got Outcomes! Coalition of Excellence Award!
The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is re-launching its Above the Influence campaign, calling on youth to engage more directly with the brand. The ATI brand has been refreshed to incorporate messaging focused on substances most abused by teens, and to deliver broad prevention messaging at the national level and more targeted efforts at the local community level.
Although inhalant abuse has become less prevalent since the early 1990s in all age groups, it remains a source of injury and death, particularly among teenagers, researchers have found.
Retailer TJ Maxx acted swiftly to remove a series of drinking games from stores shelves after a Boston Globe reporter spotted the games and contacted the parent company asking why games titled "Drink Like a Fish" and "Drink Til You Drop" were on display next to graduation gifts.
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