It doesn't take a superhero to change a life. The Shelby County Drug Free Coalition has been buzzing with work, making that motto extraordinarily prevalent this month. Because it is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, we decided October would be the perfect month to kick start the Medicine Safety Youth Educators Pilot, supported by CADCA and McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
Over the course of the summer, I’ve had the privilege of interning for CADCA as I pursue a degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR) at George Mason University (GMU). GMU encourages internships as a way to apply a student’s choice of study within a professional setting, and working for this premier organization has achieved just that.
My name is Stevi Johnson. I am 11 years old and from Oklahoma. I went to CADCA Mid-Year and represented the IAMNDN coalition. I also attended the NYLI classes. My experience in the NYLI classes was fun. I liked the way the trainers in there taught. They were humorous and serious. I was one of the younger students in there. I presented two times, and yes, I did learn a lot.
“Are you drinking tonight?”
“Let’s get wasted.”
“I was so drunk I don’t remember anything from last night.”
As a college student, these are the conversations I’m surrounded by. Many students are far more concerned about their nighttime binge drinking plans than the big project that’s due next week. I saw far too many of my peers bent over a toilet throwing up, or even worse put into an ambulance because alcohol was to blame. They consider drinking a rite of passage, a way to make friends, and a way to have fun.
CADCA is excited to host our 2016 Mid-Year Training Institute in Las Vegas, and we can’t wait to welcome you to the "Entertainment Capital of the World!"
No Use of Alcohol, Nicotine, Marijuana and other Drugs for Reasons of Health
Alcohol, nicotine, marijuana and other illegal drugs are harmful to young brains and all are associated with negative outcomes such as pulmonary and cardiac disease, mental illness, deviant behavior, lower grades and diminished aspirations. Any illegal drug use by young people is not healthy.
CADCA is committed to developing and advancing the capacity of individuals, organizations and institutions globally in the pursuit of building safe, healthy and drug-free communities. For the last four years, CADCA’s international programs has hosted fellows from The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the purpose of completing a professional affiliation in the area of drug prevention.
On May 5, the Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes or ENDS cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others.
CADCA and health advocates everywhere are excited about this historic rule for many reasons: It furthers the purpose of the Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (i.e. the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009) and allows the FDA to improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco use and nicotine addiction through a variety of steps.
In the parking lot of a church in Alexandria, Va., over four hours April 30th, providence gave me an opportunity to meet 45 wonderful individuals as part of a National Drug Take Back Day. Working in support of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, I had a chance to be part of the lives of others - for a few minutes each meeting. There was a steady flow of individuals – women and men – most of whom would be described as “baby-boomers” – all with a story that some wished to share.
At our core, CADCA is committed to defending the human right to a healthy life. And we believe that the key to this is building safe, healthy and drug-free communities. This is why, for the past 23 years, we have made this our mission. And thankfully, we are regarded highly enough to be invited to the international table to discuss the importance of a community-based approach to preventing and reducing illicit drug use. It has been an honor and a tremendous responsibility to attend the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in New York this week.