Across the nation, people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their families, friends and allies are engaging friends, neighbors and leaders on all sides of the political aisle in the 2010 election cycle as part of Recovery Voices Count. They are registering voters, asking candidates questions, organizing Candidate Forums and Town Hall meetings and will be Getting Out the Vote on Election Day.Issues: Recovery
For the first time, delegations from all 193 Member States of World Health Organization reached a consensus at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on a resolution to confront the harmful use of alcohol, which contributes to poor health globally, can devastate families and damage the structure of communities.Issues: International Drug Use
The United States Department of Education recently released a request for proposals to support communities in developing comprehensive plans in which communities embrace children, families, and schools to replicate the success of the Harlem Children's Zone, which is transforming the lives of children and families in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
You've got the passion. You've got the ideas. Now it's time to take your work to the next level! Join us at our 2010 Mid-Year Training Institute where you'll learn how to turn research into practice to make a real dent on your community's substance abuse problems. CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute will be held at the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix from July 26-29, 2010. Register today!
If you haven't already, please respond to the legislative alert that CADCA recently issued to ensure that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind, explicitly includes substance use/abuse prevention. Given that the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program has been eliminated, and the funding for this program runs out on June 30th, it is critical that we mobilize the field now to ensure that substance use/abuse is required to be explicitly addressed and that as many school districts as possible in every state are funded through the reauthorization. Congress needs to hear this message from the field en masse.
CADCA Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur T. Dean, will discuss the importance of community-based strategies to reduce substance abuse at the 2nd Annual World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm, Sweden May 24-25.
Issues: International Drug Use
After three years of community outreach and advocacy, the Partnership for a Drug-Free Community coalition succeeded in persuading the Alabama Legislature to make salvia divinorum and K2 illegal. On July 1, the two substances that have marijuana-like effects on those who smoke them will no longer be legal to sell or purchase, thanks to a bill passed by the Alabama Legislature and signed by Gov. Bob Riley.
A&E Network, home of Emmy-award winning program Intervention, is looking for individuals in long-term recovery for their Recovery Project Delegate Program. Developed in 2008, the A&E Recovery Project Delegate Program helps bring national attention to recovery by honoring individuals in recovery from every state. The deadline to apply is May 28. Apply now!Issues: Recovery
One Southern California city will turn research into action with a new law banning single sales of beer and other alcohol products, citing a direct link between alcohol and crime, The Sun newspaper reported this week.Issues: Abuse
Help spread the word that recovery from substance abuse addiction is real by participating in the national Recovery Month observance this September. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), this public health campaign is designed to highlight the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment and to promote the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. A toolkit to help you plan your Recovery Month activities is coming soon, but you can preorder a copy today.