Coalitions are taking advantage of the opportunity to connect, communicate and collaborate with others in the field by joining and participating on Connected Communities, a peer-to-peer social network managed by CADCA's National Coalition Institute. Since February 2009 the number of members in the network has skyrocketed from 80 to more than 900.
- Halloween may be one of the most festive nights for children and youth, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it can also be one of the deadliest due to drunk drivers. In fact, NHTSA data shows that in 2008, 58 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 pm Oct. 31 to 5:59 am Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state. Help prevent tragedies on the road in your community with the help of NHTSA's Impaired Driving Prevention Halloween Planner.Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
Do you know a young person who has done excellent work with your coalition and in your community? Then, nominate them for CADCA's Outstanding Youth Award. The winner will receive free registration for CADCA's 20th Annual National Leadership Forum and will be presented with the award on stage during the Award's Luncheon.
Prescription drug abuse was ranked among the top five problems facing community anti-drug coalitions in 2008, indicating that this continues to be a growing trend across the country. That’s according to CADCA’s 2008 Annual Survey of Coalitions, an annual survey of drug prevention community coalitions, which represents the only current, national database of community anti-drug coalitions.
Survey data conducted of the Northern Virginia area show that many underage youth can easily get a hold of alcohol from adults – whether it’s from strangers who agree to buy alcohol for them or from their parents. To help prevent this, teams of youth and adults from Northern Virginia joined forces on October 10 to launch the first regional Sticker Shock campaign, a youth-led initiative to educate adults who might be tempted to purchase alcohol legally and provide it to minors. The campaign is part of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA)'s efforts to prevent underage drinking in their community.
Do you know a young person who has done excellent work with your coalition and for your community? Then, nominate them for CADCA's Outstanding Youth Award. The winner will receive free registration and travel for CADCA's 20th Annual National Leadership Forum and will be presented with the award on stage during the Award's Luncheon.
- Calling attention to the ongoing problem of substance abuse and addiction in the United States, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack recently testified in a subcommittee hearing on the affect of the drug trade on America's youth and on the need to update and improve the U.S. approach to reducing both the supply of and demand for drugs in the Western Hemisphere. Bono Mack, a leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and addiction and an original co-sponsor of the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act (H.R. 2134), which was passed by the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee last week, emphasized the importance of a holistic approach to this serious issue that affects families across America, including her own.
- October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, which presents a timely opportunity to promote community involvement in efforts to educate parents about the dangers of medicine abuse among teens. There are a number of free resources and tools available for coalitions to use in their medicine abuse prevention efforts.
CADCA's National Coalition Institute will host a new Webinar- CADCA's Institute…Helping New Grantees Get Smarter Faster on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The CADCA Institute serves as the vehicle for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building for Drug Free Communities Support Program grantees and other community anti-drug coalitions throughout the United States.
The fight among students in Chicago that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert highlights the critical need for schools to implement evidence-based violence prevention programs, says forensic clinical psychologist Dewey Cornell in a recent commentary on CNN. In light of these violent acts, Cornell questions why the White House proposes cutting the Safe and Drug Free Schools program, the only source of federal funding for school-based violence and substance abuse prevention.