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More than 1,300 anti-drug coalition leaders took Louisville, Ky. by storm they week as they attended CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Camp, where they networked with their peers, heard from experts in the substance abuse prevention field and learned new strategies to help them tackle their local drug abuse problems. Attendance at the 2009 Mid-Year was the largest of any Mid-Year to date.
An editorial in the Washington Post published earlier this month said the Amethyst letter, which called for lowering the drinking age, is not the solution to the nation’s drinking problem on college campuses. Instead, college administrators should work on enforcing the law.
On Friday, July 17th, the Full House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program. The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee on Appropriations is tentatively scheduled to mark up its version of the bill that contains funding for this program on July 28th. We can still try to get the funds restored, but we need help from the field.
With some in Congress questioning the need to continue funding the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) Program, CADCA brought a group of coalition leaders together on Tuesday to brief Members of Congress and their staffs on the important role that the SDFSC program plays in preventing youth substance abuse.
Communities can better develop comprehensive prevention strategies based on their unique needs and characteristics and use cost-benefit ratios to help guide their decisions with the help of a new publication released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
We've all seen the commercials. A young male sprays himself with Axe body deodorant spray and suddenly he's a hit among his female friends. Well, in Los Angeles, Axe spray is popular among middle and high school boys, but not because it makes them smell good—but because it gets them high. The spray is just one of several products students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are huffing for a quick high. Inhalant use among seventh graders in the district is now more than twice the state rate but coalition leaders are hoping to reverse this through a heavy dose of prevention.
- A new National Roadside Survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows a continuing decline in the percentage of legally intoxicated drivers.Issues: Drunk/Impaired driving
While all returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars face adjustments when they return home, for some, dealing with traumatic experiences can lead to diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse and addiction. In fact, a Rand Corp. study estimated that 18.5 percent of military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan showed signs of PTSD or depression. A CADCA TV show airing July 23 from 1-2 p.m. will explore this problem, including why some cases of PTSD go undiagnosed and what community coalitions can do to help returning vets receive the help they need.Issues: Military Drug Use