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Starting in January 2009, all new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grantees will receive comprehensive coalition development training as part of a new five-year program developed by CADCA´s National Coalition Institute. The training will be a requirement of all new DFC grantees, beginning with FY 09 DFC grantees.
Most parents are aware of the dangers posed by online pedophiles and other sexual predators, but a new analysis by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) found that parents should also be concerned about the number of online videos promoting dangerous behaviors such as drug use. The ONDCP-sponsored Neilson study found that teens are exposed to a vast amount of explicit content online—ranging from videos that promote extreme drug and alcohol use to videos depicting self-mutilation.Drug type: Alcohol
In an effort to combat prescription drug abuse by young people, the Senate this week passed H.R. 6353, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act. The bill was passed in the House last week. The bill will implement regulatory practices for online pharmacies that are similar to those already in place for "brick-and-mortar" pharmacies, and is expected to be signed into law by the President.Drug type: Prescription Drug
Nearly half of American adults report knowing someone in recovery from the use or abuse of alcohol or drugs, and the majority of Americans believe that people in recovery can live productive lives and contribute to their community, according to survey results announced this week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Strategic planning—and more importantly, complete implementation of a strategic plan—are key to creating community change, according to a study that tracked two urban neighborhood coalitions in the Kansas City, Mo., area. This study specifically examined whether increases in rates of community change were related to a community strategic planning process.Coalition resources: Strategic Planning