An article featured in today's USA Today, discusses the Administration's budget proposal to zero out the state grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program and highlights CADCA's efforts to prevent this from happening. The article notes that the Administration's budget proposes to end a program that President Obama and Vice President Biden fought for as senators.
September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 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. This year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery."Issues: Recovery
- Applications are now being accepted for the Department of Education's Grants for Coalitions to Prevent and Reduce Alcohol Abuse at Institutions of Higher Education.Issues: College Drinking
- The National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) is now accepting applications for the 2009 National Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies, otherwise known as the "Exemplary Awards."
In an effort to help organize the field, CADCA created a toolkit titled, S.O.S.: Save Our Safe and Drug Free Schools (SDFSC) Program. The toolkit contains fact sheets and templates to help your coalition raise awareness of the importance of fully funding the State Grants portion of the SDFSC program. The toolkit is available here.
When a beer commercial shows a group of attractive people having a good time while drinking beer, to most of us the message is clear – cool people drink our beer so you should drink it, too – but we don’t necessarily believe or act on the message. But what happens when a third or fifth grader sees the commercial? The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says media messages like this can negatively influence young people. That's why they developed a new media literacy education curriculum that tries to teach elementary-aged children how to decipher the true meaning behind alcohol and tobacco ads.Issues: Alcohol Advertising
- With few activities for young people, a high poverty rate and a culture that embraces alcohol use, coalition leaders in the rural farming community of Beatrice, Neb. have an uphill battle when it comes to reducing underage drinking. Despite that, the Gage County MAPS (Multiple Agencies Partnering for Success) coalition was able to lower underage drinking by nearly 40 percent among 10th graders and to increase the percentage of students that perceive alcohol use as harmful.
A new report providing state-by-state analyses of substance abuse and mental illness patterns reveals that there are wide variations in the levels of problems like illicit drug use found among the states, but that every state suffers from these problems. For example, among those aged 12 and older, Iowa had less than half the current illicit drug use rate of Rhode Island (5.2 percent vs. 12.5 percent) – yet Iowa's population aged 12 and older also had one of the nation's highest levels of people experiencing alcohol dependence or abuse in the past year (9.2 percent).
As many of you are no doubt aware, the Administration recommended eliminating the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools program in its FY 2010 Budget Request. CADCA would like to take this opportunity to thank the nearly 11,000 people who have faxed their members of Congress to date, and encourage those who haven't to do so as soon as possible. The ultimate goal is for members of Congress to receive 20,000 faxes about the need to restore funds to this critical program.
- A new University of Pittsburgh study calls for redefining the definition of binge drinking for children and adolescents, saying that the current criteria used to assess blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) and binge drinking behaviors is based on adult physiology. The study is published in the June issue of Pediatrics.