Event Provides Community Leaders Effective Drug Prevention Strategies and the Latest Research in the Field

WHAT:           Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is holding its 26th Annual National Leadership Forum to convene thousands of community substance abuse prevention leaders and global experts to discuss solutions to the most pressing public health issues threatening communities. The event kicks off with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Prevention Day.

Alcohol continues to be the number one substance of choice among young people and many communities are looking for ways to address this problem. That’s why reducing underage drinking will be a major topic addressed at CADCA’s 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute Aug. 2-6 in Indianapolis. And who better to cover the topic than Dr. David Jernigan.

Research from two Duke University studies suggests researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults are to develop problem drinking or engage in risky sexual behavior in response to stress.

The research is part of the ongoing Duke Neurogenetics Study (DNS), which began in 2010 to better understand how interactions between the brain, genome and environment shape risky behaviors that can predict mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates a battle in which an army of Mexican peasants defeated the highly-trained invading French forces on May 5, 1862, in Puebla, Mexico. It is the story of the successful underdog and a way to honor a nation's heritage and culture. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, as many people believe. It is also not a reason to drive drunk.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) doesn’t want revelers to rely on pure Irish luck this St. Patrick’s Day.

Their data estimate that on March 17 from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in St. Patrick’s Day drunk-driving crashes.

New materials include a real time countdown to Saint Patrick's Day, updated infographics, and a web video. Materials are based on two campaign messages of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (enforcement), and Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving (social norming).

Coalition Core Essentials is an online course intended for coalition leaders, staff, volunteers, and partners. This course is based on the curriculum trained during CADCA's National Coalition Academy, though this course does not serve as a replacement for the Academy experience.

This publication provides an overview of qualitative data – how it can be used as a valid and reliable data collection process, how a coalition can engage in several qualitative data collection methodologies, and how to utilize qualitative data in all phases of the coalition problem-solving process as informed by the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process.

Does a mental health issue lead to substance use? Does substance abuse lead to a mental health issue? The answers to those questions are not clear, but we do know millions of adults in the United States have both. A very small percentage of people receive treatment for both conditions and most don't receive any treatment at all. Research has shown that treatment addressing both conditions at the same time has better outcomes with lower costs, yet it still isn't happening nearly enough.

Nearly two million Americans have served in military operations overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and many more veterans live and work among us. For many veterans, the transition between military and community life can be difficult.

Veterans and military families are disproportionately affected by substance abuse, mental health issues, and family troubles. Tragic consequences like suicide, alcohol abuse and prescription drug overdose far too often plague our nation’s heroes. Community coalitions can be a key component to helping veterans in need.

During the hour-long program Supporting Those Who Serve, hear about the potential problems returning veterans face and what is available to help them. Learn how you can be part of the solution. We’ll travel to Philadelphia to see how CADCA’s VetCorps is making a difference.

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