Ruminating on Dentistry and Painkillers

This morning I spent some quality time upside down in a dentist chair, getting two fillings. I really don’t know why he offered, but my dentist said “I could numb you or we could try it without. It’s your choice.” I replied, “Let’s try it without, and I’ll let you know if it gets too painful.” 

Why would I forego the comfort of Novocain, you ask?  Well, I knew I had an important meeting with my boss in an hour and didn’t want my mouth numb for that conversation. Plus, I wanted to see if I could do it.  I have to be honest. It wasn’t great.  But it wasn’t unbearable. 

Eyewitness Report: FDA Science Board Meets on Opioid Crisis

The newly appointed FDA Commissioner, Robert M. Califf, M.D., has made addressing the opioid crisis a priority. On February 4, as many CADCA members were wrapping up their training at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the FDA announced an action plan to reassess the agency’s approach to opioid medications. 

Great Stuff About Snuff: Smokeless Tobacco Burns

The Great American Spit Out occurs today. Yes, CADCA is encouraging our coalitions to give your community members permission to spit. Permanently.

The Great American Spit Out is part of Through With Chew Week, an annual observation which ends on Saturday.

Dentists, otolaryngologists—physicians concerned with the ears, nose, and throat—and CADCA have proclaimed the week of February 14–20, 2016, as "Through With Chew Week" in an effort to call attention to the use of smokeless tobacco.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month: Work with Us to Save Lives

At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we’ve worked a long time with our safety partners across America to reduce deaths and injuries from automotive crashes due to impaired driving. Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the past 10 years have declined by 21 percent. That’s progress. But it’s not enough. In 2014 alone, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes—roughly one-third of all motor vehicle deaths that year.

CADCA at Mexican congress

Viva la prevencion! CADCA Celebrates Healthy Lives at International Addiction Congress in Mexico

CADCA is proud to be participating in the International Congress on Addictions in Mexico City, Mexico. CADCA is represented by me, its Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur Dean, Vice-President of our International Programs, Mr. Eric Siervo. 

Yesterday, I presented on "Successful Practices in Prevention." The session had more than 200 attendees and they had great interest in CADCA’s prevention work and strategies.

A Dose of Prevention for the Medicine Cabinet

Changing individual habits has never been easy, let alone changing the habits of an entire community, but that’s exactly what volunteers are doing through safe disposal initiatives.

No longer are residents simply flushing away old medication or carelessly throwing it away with the rest of their garbage. Thanks to increased efforts to educate people about medicine abuse, members of our community are now more mindful about how they use, store and even dispose of their medication.

Coming Together to Demand Solutions to the Addiction Crisis

UNITE to Face Addiction is thrilled to join tens of thousands of people across the country celebrating recovery as Recovery Month 2015 kicks off today! There are over 600 hundred National Recovery Month events around the country and you can find all of them here:

NIAAA-Funded Study Explores the Brain Mechanisms Mediating the Potential Harmful Effects of Teen Binge Drinking

As CADCA coalitions know all too well, underage drinking and its consequences remain a major public health challenge.  Fortunately, research advances continue to improve our understanding of this seemingly intractable problem.  For example, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, underage binge drinking can interfere with normal gene processes during adolescence and can disrupt brain development in ways that lead to excessive drinking in adulthood.  The new findings contribute to our understanding of the alcohol-induced brain changes tha

Combating Youth Prescription Drug Use through Coalitions

This past year, the Concho Valley C.A.R.E.S. Coalition, a Drug-Free Community (DFC) in San Angelo, Texas, pioneered a prescription drug campaign called: Mix it, Seal it, Trash it. The aim of the campaign was to inform adults about the proper procedures for the disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs, which would help prevent youth substance use.