Take a walk through a typical town in Wyoming and you´re likely to see office buildings, homes or schools with a thick green stripe painted on them. The green line is part of Wyoming´s "We Draw the Line," underage drinking and tobacco prevention campaign. Wyoming is among the many states turning to social marketing to prevent underage drinking.Issues: Underage drinking
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the award of 79 grants totaling almost $16 million over four years for the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act grant program. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth in communities throughout the United States.
People who began drinking and using marijuana regularly prior to their 15th birthday face a higher risk of early pregnancy, as well as a pattern of school failure, substance dependence, sexually-transmitted disease and criminal convictions that lasts into their 30s. That´s according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science.
Telling kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol can be pointless if the message doesn´t resonate with young people. That´s why in Eloy, Ariz. a group of teens developed a unique anti-drug campaign that uses innovative methods to get that message across.
An evaluation of CADCA´s National Coalition Institute, which provides support to coalitions across the country, including those with Drug-Free Communities funding, found that coalitions that receive training and technical assistance (TA) from CADCA´s Institute were more likely to engage in effective practices.
Most parents are aware of the dangers posed by online pedophiles and other sexual predators, but a new analysis by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) found that parents should also be concerned about the number of online videos promoting dangerous behaviors such as drug use. The ONDCP-sponsored Neilson study found that teens are exposed to a vast amount of explicit content online—ranging from videos that promote extreme drug and alcohol use to videos depicting self-mutilation.
Starting in January 2009, all new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grantees will receive comprehensive coalition development training as part of a new five-year program developed by CADCA´s National Coalition Institute. The training will be a requirement of all new DFC grantees, beginning with FY 09 DFC grantees.
A new study found that those who have their first drink before age 15 have a higher risk of developing alcohol-use disorders during adulthood. The results will be published in the December issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.Issues: Underage drinking
The October 1 Fiscal Year deadline has passed without any appropriations bills being signed into law. In an effort to ensure that the government has enough funds to continue operating, Congress passed, and the President signed, a Continuing Resolution (CR), which will be in effect until March 6, 2008.
Strategic planning—and more importantly, complete implementation of a strategic plan—are key to creating community change, according to a study that tracked two urban neighborhood coalitions in the Kansas City, Mo., area. This study specifically examined whether increases in rates of community change were related to a community strategic planning process.