After a 14-year delay, regulations banning tobacco sales to minors, sales of cigarettes in less than 20-pack size, sample giveaways, and tobacco sponsorship of sports, music and other events have been released in final form by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, President Obama signed historic healthcare reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law. As a result of a concerted advocacy effort from the field, a number of national organizations under the umbrella of the Coalition for Whole Health and CADCA, this law contains a number of provisions that will improve coverage for and access to substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery.Issues: Healthcare Reform
Are ineffective coalition meetings resulting in low volunteer rates or high job turnover? Research shows that participants are less likely to contribute to or attend future meetings if one's perception of meeting effectiveness decreases. A recent article in the Journal of Business and Psychology examines perceived meeting effectiveness in relation to different meeting designs and the potential repercussions ineffective meetings may cause an organization.
A new study has found that use and misuse of alcohol and marijuana are influenced by a common set of genes. The results are in the March 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Issues: Mental Health
CADCA’s National Coalition Institute is expanding its Ambassador Program, a workforce and leadership development initiative for young adults interested in exploring the community coalition field as a career path.
On Friday, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued an amended Request for Applications for the 2010 DFC Mentoring Program.
This is the final reminder to make sure your coalition participates in the 2009-2010 CADCA Annual Survey of Coalitions. The Survey closes on Wednesday, March 31st. Let Your Voice Be Heard and don’t miss the opportunity for your coalition to gain access to valuable coalition information and networking tools.
In Yavapai County, Ariz. if a person is caught selling methamphetamine, they can expect to receive a minimum of five years in prison. That's thanks to the efforts of MATForce (Methamphetamine Advisory Task Force), a coalition of educators, treatment professionals, law enforcement and the county attorney's office that came together to tackle one of the country's hardest hit areas by meth.
Imagine spraying dry herbs with unknown chemicals and then smoking them? That's what some youth are doing to get high from what is known on the streets as "spice" or "K2," a synthetic marijuana product sold at convenience stores and smoke shops. However, instead of the typical marijuana-like effects, many youth are turning up in Emergency Rooms with rapid heart rates, elevated blood pressure, severe agitation, anxiety and vomiting.
While communities are faced with a number of substance abuse issues, underage drinking continues to be among the most pervasive ones, with nearly 11 million underage drinkers today. That's why April is designated as Alcohol Awareness Month, an annual public awareness campaign that encourages local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.Issues: Underage drinking