The Senate Judiciary Committee voted April 15 to advance the Drug-Free Communities Enhancement Act, sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). The legislation builds on the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program, which currently funds more than 700 community anti-drug coalitions nationwide and has been tremendously successful in reducing youth substance use and abuse to levels lower than national averages, by authorizing supplemental funds for current and former DFC grantees to enable them to more effectively address major emerging drug trends and local drug crises.
CADCA and its more than 5,000 coalition members applaud the Judiciary Committee for its swift action in voting this new legislation out of Committee.
Each year, spring school rituals such as prom and graduation begin with so much excitement and promise yet end in tragedy for hundreds of teen drivers and their passengers. New research from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) suggests this season could be no different. According to a national survey of more than 2,500 eleventh and twelfth graders, 90 percent of teens believe their counterparts are more likely to drink and drive on prom night and 79 percent believe the same is true for graduation night. Yet, that belief does not translate to concern, as only 29 percent and 25 percent of teens say that driving on prom night and graduation night, respectively, comes with a high degree of danger.Issues: Underage drinking
While the prom may be a right-of-passage for high school students across this country, using drugs and alcohol is not, say coalition leaders. Coalitions around the country are well aware of the research on drinking and driving and just drinking, in general, during the prom and graduation seasons. Putting the research into practice by parents and teens can be an obstacle as big as finding the perfect prom tux or gown.Issues: Underage drinking
Do you know what others in your community are saying about your coalition? What level of visibility do you have with media outlets in your area? Conversations happen in all kinds of places and you can, and should, track what's being said about your coalition and who's saying it.
The college years are a time for new experiences, exploration and discovery. Unfortunately, they are also a time for experimentation, especially into the world of drugs and alcohol. During next week's CADCA-TV broadcast, Higher Learning?- Drugs on College Campuses , see who needs to share the responsibility for protecting our college students. Learn what drugs students are experimenting with and find out how coalitions can work with higher education institutions to prevent drug use. The show airs Thursday, April 29 at 1 p.m. EST.
Nearly 800 community pharmacies in 40 states are making it easier than ever for consumers to safely dispose of unused patient medications at their local pharmacy through a new initiative spearheaded by the National Community Pharmacists Association and Sharps Compliance, Inc.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement underscoring the critical role that pediatricians play in discouraging children and teens from drinking alcohol. The policy statement, titled "Alcohol Use by Youth and Adolescents: A Pediatric Concern," will appear in the May issue of Pediatrics.
Fourteen states have enacted laws that legalize medical marijuana and a state-level advocacy group in Ohio doesn't want to be one of them. The Columbus, Ohio-based Drug-Free Action Alliance, a conglomerate of state-wide coalitions, has recently distributed a position paper against legalizing medical marijuana to Ohio lawmakers.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and Hallmark Hall of Fame movies will debut the story of Alcoholics Anonymous founders Bill and Lois Wilson "When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story" at 9 p.m. Eastern Sunday, April 25 on CBS television.
CADCA on Monday issued a legislative alert on the Proposed Cuts to National Guard Counterdrug Programs. A funding decrease could also decrease the substance abuse efforts involving the successful partnerships CADCA and national coalitions have made with the National Guard on our common substance abuse prevention missions such as facilitating evidence-based youth anti-drug programs and eliminating drug production, importation and distribution across the U.S.