A new study reported in Health Behavior News Service finds that adults who legally were able to purchase alcohol before the age of 21 in their states are more likely than others are to be alcoholics or drug addicts. The study runs counter to the claims of those who propose lowering the drinking age.Issues: Underage drinking
A rapid rise in unemployment can be linked to an increase in suicides, homicides, and alcohol abuse, according to a recent study reported in the "Lancet" medical journal. The study, "The public health effect of economic crisis and alternative policy responses in Europe: an empirical analysis," found that a rise of 3 percent in unemployment is associated with a 28 percent increase in deaths from alcohol abuse and a 4.5 percent increase in suicides in the population younger than age 65. The study comes as the country prepares for Drug-Free Work Week, which will be held Oct. 19-25.
If your coalition has helped raise awareness about the dangers of over-the-counter cough and cold medicine abuse in your community, then you may be eligible to win CADCA's new Dose of Prevention Award. Winners will receive a cash prize and free registration to attend CADCA's National Leadership Forum in February 2010.Issues: Cough Medicine Abuse
We are all influenced by our environment, but children are particularly susceptible to being influenced by what they see. That’s why it’s a challenge to keep kids drug and alcohol free when there are images glorifying drug use everywhere you turn. Whether it's a movie depicting kids getting high for fun or a commercial showing people enjoying beers at a backyard barbecue, the images ubiquitous and they rarely show the negative consequences. So what can we do? During next week’s CADCA-TV broadcast, see how coalitions are helping to counter the drug culture through environmental strategies and media literacy initiatives.
While there was a decline in the current use of prescription drug abuse among 12 to 17 year olds, there were increases in the rates of past year use of Ecstasy and LSD, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey was released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at a news conference in Washington, D.C.
National, state and local leaders convened in Washington, D.C. today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Washington, D.C. The celebration included a news conference hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) followed by a luncheon hosted by CADCA.Issues: Recovery
Don’t miss the opportunity to grab your seat at CADCA's upcoming National Coalition Academy (NCA). Applications are now being accepted for the new 2009-2010 NCA classes. There are four separate confirmed NCA cohorts this year, two will take place in Pennsylvania, one in Iowa and one in Mississippi.
The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is requesting public comment on proposed new hospital performance measures requiring screening, brief intervention, referral or treatment (SBIRT) for patients who show excessive alcohol use, use of illicit drugs, misuse of prescription drugs, or tobacco use.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) this week unveiled a new anti-methamphetamine (meth) ad campaign launched in Missouri and across the country, with particular focus on 16 States where meth prevalence, and lab seizures and incidents, are high. The campaign includes customizable public service announcements (PSAs) that coalitions can use to launch campaigns in their communities.