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.
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars face a wide range of substance abuse and mental health issues when returning home. But unlike other active duty military, National Guard members often lack access to employment, adequate housing, social supports and health care for themselves and their families. Now, through a new planning grant awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), CADCA and the National Guard Bureau (NGB) will work to create a AmeriCorps National program to assist wounded National Guard and Reserve veterans returning to civilian life and their families.
A federally-funded treatment and prevention program is being credited with a 32-percent decline in fetal alcohol syndrome cases among Alaska's Native population. The $29-million program, which included a state-produced multimedia education campaign featuring public service announcements, newspaper, radio and TV ads, changed the path of the trend, said L. Diane Casto, Manager of Prevention and Early Intervention Services, Division of Behavioral Health, for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services – a CADCA state member.Issues: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) this week released its new drug control strategy, which offers a more balanced approach.
The Food and Drug Administration recently issued a final rule containing a broad set of federal requirements designed to significantly curb access to and the appeal of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to children and adolescents in the United States. The new rule, Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents, restricts the sale, distribution, and promotion of these products to make them less accessible and less attractive to kids. The rule becomes effective June 22 and has the force and effect of a law.
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. And to help those who are financially strapped, CADCA is offering 20 scholarships to eligible coalitions. The application deadline is Friday, May 21, 2010.
The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and The National Prevention Network, with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention announced a call for applications for their 2010 National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies.