Binge-drinking teenagers may be putting themselves at risk for future osteoporosis and bone fractures, according to researchers at Loyola University Health System. The new study found binge drinking disrupts genes involved in the bone formation of rats. The study is published in the July-August issue of the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.
Issues: Binge Drinking
Coalitions can apply for a new funding opportunity through the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Women's Health. The Coalitions for a Healthier Community FY10 grants provide support to communities to plan and implement evidence-based health and wellness projects for women and girls. The project must address a health issue identified by the community as adversely affecting the health of its women and girls.
Congratulations to the Rio Grande Safe Communities coalition for winning CADCA's Flip camera drawing for International Day Against Drug Abuse. Last month, coalitions that registered their event commemorating International Day Against Drug Abuse on CADCA's website were automatically entered into a drawing for a Flip camera.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) supports a campaign to defeat her state's controversial marijuana legalization ballot measure, Proposition 19. Feinstein called it "a jumbled legal nightmare that will make our highways, our workplaces and our communities less safe."
The proportion of all substance abuse treatment admissions of those age 12 and older involving abuse of prescription pain relievers rose by more than 400 percent from 2.2 percent in 1998 to 9.8 percent in 2008, according to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.Issues: Prescription Drug Abuse
Does your coalition need help developing action plans and conducting community assessment? Are you struggling with getting important sectors of the community to join your coalition? CADCA's National Coalition Institute provides coalitions with free telephone and Web-based technical assistance to increase their effectiveness.
Mobilizing a community behind a common cause does not happen easily. It takes work to mobilize and engage people and there are no one-size-fits all techniques. It's more than getting people to show up at a meeting; you need to inspire them to take the next step.
The Substance and Mental Health Services Administration reports that although illegal tobacco sales to youth have decreased during the past 13 years, 2009 saw the first slight increase in sales to minors.Issues: Smoking
It takes more than a village to create change and make stronger communities. More often than not, it takes a region and even your entire state to make coalition work work. Learn how to build a statewide alliance at a special track at CADCA's Mid-Year Training Institute July 26-29 in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will host a webinar with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, Justice Sponsored Blueprints for Violence Prevention, and Federal Working Group Findyouthinfo.gov called "Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions—Determining What’s Best for You" from 2-3 p.m. EST July 20.