While some illicit drugs are on the decline, according to the 2009 Monitoring the Future survey, inhalants are the number one drug of choice by "tweens" and middle schoolers. National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week (NIPAW), held March 14-20, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of inhalants and to get your community engaged on this issue.Issues: Over the Counter Drug Abuse
Representatives Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) have come together to co-chair a new Congressional Caucus on Youth Drug Prevention. The mission of this new caucus is to: educate members of Congress about the benefits of youth drug prevention; raise awareness about the consequences of youth drug use among children, parents and families; raise awareness about the effectiveness of comprehensive, community-wide approaches; and ensure that substance use/abuse prevention is included in all appropriate authorizing and appropriations legislation, and garner support for such legislation. Please call the Capitol Switch Board at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your member of Congress' office and ask that they join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Drug Prevention.
The Department of Education (ED)'s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is offering grants for effective university-based initiatives that prevent alcohol and other drug use on college campuses. Grants are available under the "Models of Exemplary, Effective and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses" program.Issues: College Drinking
Want to receive useful tools such as a Flip Cam to document footage of your coalition's work in the community, an iPod to stay up-to-date on prevention podcasts, a digital camera to take pictures of your coalition in action or books on social media to help your coalition? Participate in Connected Communities Activities beginning Thursday, February 25, and you could receive of one of these handy items.
While many were able to attend CADCA's 20th Annual National Leadership Forum earlier this month, there were many who unfortunately did not make it due to the blizzard that swept the Washington, D.C. area. While CADCA's cancellation policy does not permit refunds after Jan. 29, due to the historic nature of this snow storm CADCA is working with its Board of Directors and its insurance company to address requests for refunds.
Last week's historic blizzard may have shut down the federal government, but it didn't stop community coalition leaders from attending the country's leading conference for substance abuse prevention. About 1800 coalition leaders, community sector members and others from across the United States and several countries braved long layovers, multiple flights and slick roads to come to CADCA's 20th Anniversary National Leadership Forum.
At last week's 20th Anniversary Forum, CADCA launched a series of 14 Web-based training courses focusing on the core competencies of community problem solving.
Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), a longtime champion for substance abuse treatment and recovery, has announced that he will not seek reelection to Congress this Fall. The story was reported by the Associated Press last Friday.
The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) proposed diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will eliminate the current categories of substance abuse and dependence, replacing them with the new category "addiction and related disorders." This will include "substance use disorders," with each drug identified as a category such as "alcohol use disorder." This was announced by the APA in a news release on Feb. 10th.
According to the 2008 CADCA Annual Survey of Coalitions, 67 percent of coalitions report implementing compliance checks for alcohol and/or tobacco sales to minors in the past year, and 64 percent said they helped enforce laws and policies discouraging substance abuse. However, only 17 percent of coalitions report being involved in limiting or restricting location and density of alcohol outlets.