The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse has granted the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry $1.86 million to study the oral and dental consequences of methamphetamine use, since dentists are often the first to detect if a patient is a meth user.
This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed David K. Mineta as the Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Benjamin Tucker as the ONDCP’s Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs. CADCA commends the Administration for selecting people of this caliber for these critical posts, as both individuals bring a broad range of experience working with communities to prevent substance abuse and to help enforce laws and regulations.
Don't miss your chance to save on registration for CADCA's 2010 Mid-Year Training Institute, held in Phoenix, Ariz. on July 26-29, 2010. The early-bird discount ends Friday, July 2 so register now! CADCA's Mid-Year Training Institute is the only intensive, coalition-specific training opportunity of its kind, providing in-depth courses specifically designed to address a community leader's biggest concerns and obstacles. The event will be held at the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort.
Don’t miss Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), tomorrow on C-Span’s Washington Journal. The show airs Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 a.m. EST.
Visits to hospital emergency departments involving the nonmedical use of prescription narcotic pain relievers more than doubled, rising 111 percent, between 2004 and 2008, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
College students are more likely to drink and drive after they reach the legal drinking age of 21, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.Issues: Underage drinking
A statewide social marketing and media campaign in West Virgina may be just what the doctor ordered. The "Take Care West Virginia: RX Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign" hopes public service announcements, a new website www.takecarewv.org, prescription bags that include the campaign message and town hall-style forums and discussions will be the cure for their prescription drug abuse problem.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
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! All applicants receive customized technical assistance and feedback on logic models and data presentation and get tips on effectively communicating their coalition story and outcomes to funders and other stakeholders. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, June 30th, 2010.
Programs are wonderful, but long-term policy and systems changes are even better. At CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute next month in Phoenix, learn how to develop state and regional alliances to create policy and systems change. Presenters Sharon O'Hara and Deacon Dzierzawski will take you through the process to fight city hall and even the state government during a special course track on creating alliances. Attend this training and leave knowing how to build state capacity and do statewide strategic planning. The track will include shorter presentations by actual statewide alliance leaders.
While most parents care about the dangers that substance abuse can pose to young people, it's not always easy to reach parents – let alone to get them engaged in a coalition's prevention efforts. At the next CADCA TV show, entitled The Parent Factor: Partners in Prevention, learn how to engage and mobilize even the hardest-to-reach parents in the community. The show airs June 24 from 1-2 p.m. EST.