As a treatment for psychiatric disorders, the risks of marijuana use exceed the benefits, reports the April 2010 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter .
Multiple studies have found that fewer workers are exposed to tobacco smoke and that hospital admissions for heart attacks have fallen in communities that have banned indoor smoking, according to a literature review by researcher Cicily Kelleher, M.D., of University College Dublin and colleagues.Issues: Smoking
A&E Network, home of Emmy-award winning program Intervention, is looking for individuals in long-term recovery for their Recovery Project Delegate Program. The A&E Recovery Project Delegate Program was developed in 2008 to bring national attention to recovery by honoring individuals in recovery from every state.Issues: Recovery
A study in the current issue of the American Heart Association's Journal Circulation: Heart Failure, describes long-term steroid use causes more heart damage than what was originally thought.
Has your coalition used data-driven strategies to successfully fight substance abuse in your community? Has your coalition contributed to community-wide declines in substance abuse? If so, then CADCA invites you to apply for a Got Outcomes! Coalition of Excellence Award. All applicants receive customized technical assistance and feedback on logic models and data presentation and get tips on effectively communicating their coalition story and outcomes to funders and other stakeholders.
No one in our field would argue coalitions' need for capacity to achieve significant reductions in substance abuse rates in their communities. To answer the call to help strengthen coalitions, especially in economically disadvantaged communities, CADCA's National Coalition Institute designed the Ambassador Program, which is an initiative to help increase the number of young adult coalition workforce leaders in the coalition field.
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.