As part of this year´s Drug-Free Kids Campaign, which recognizes corporations and organizations that make an impact on the substance abuse field, CADCA has named HBO as its Humanitarian of the Year and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) as the 2008 Champion for Drug-Free Kids. These prestigious awards will be presented at CADCA´s Drug-Free Kids Campaign 10th Anniversary Awards Dinner on September 23, 2008 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.
For youth recovering from an addiction, it can be an uphill battle to stay sober unless they have a strong support network in their community. The Pima Prevention Partnership, a CADCA coalition in Tucson, Ariz., established a program called FreeMind that does just that.Issues: Underage drinking
Public policy and advocacy are integral components of substance abuse prevention work. However, many find the legal restrictions and regulations daunting and confusing. CADCA´s newly revised publication, Strategizer 31, Guidelines for Advocacy: Changing Policies and Laws to Create Safer Environments for Youth, can help community prevention practitioners better understand the legislative process and the ins and outs of "lobbying."Issues: Abuse
The first few weeks of middle school are a frenzy of friends, parties, and school events. It´s also time for parents to start talking with their kids about the dangers of drinking alcohol, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)´s The Science Inside Alcohol Project.
AFP news service recently reported that Scotland officials are considering increasing the drinking age from 18 to 21, after two trails showed a decrease in alcohol-related incidents among young people as a result of increasing the drinking age. The news comes as the nation discusses the Amethyst Initiative, which seeks to revisit the debate on the legal drinking age and encourages lawmakers to lower it.Issues: Underage drinking
CADCA, in partnership with the Newspaper in Education (NIE) Institute, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), has published a 16-page newspaper supplement to help educate parents and teens about the dangers of abusing drugs and alcohol. This new supplement, entitled Stay Smart, Don´t Start: The Truth About Drugs and Alcohol, includes a special section on prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, observed every September, CADCA´s Coalitions Online interviewed Dr. Judith Arroyo, Minority Health and Health Disparities Coordinator for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), to help paint a clearer picture of the scope of alcohol abuse among the Hispanic community. Here, Dr. Arroyo discusses alcohol abuse rates among the Latino community and offers suggestions on how best to prevent alcohol use among Latino youth.
As kids head back to school this month, the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has made several materials available to help community organizations remind teens and parents that drugs harm academic achievement and performance in school.Issues: Co-occuring Disorders
Findings from the 2007 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey showed that 3.9 percent of high school students in the nation have used anabolic steroids without a prescription. Despite that, steroid use among high school athletes often goes undetected because regular drug tests cannot pick up steroid use. To remedy that, a new test is available from Phamatech to help schools and parents identify steroid use and ensure that youth get help for their addiction.