On Wednesday, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced the Opioid Overdose Reduction Act, which would protect first responders, health professionals and family members who are educated in administering an opioid overdose prevention drug, such as naloxone (also known as Narcan) in an emergency situation of a drug overdose. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) plans to introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives in the coming weeks. CADCA is among the organizations that endorsed the legislation.

“What makes coalitions unique is their potential to combine the different perspectives, knowledge and skills of a group of people and organizations creating synergy,” is part of Sharron Michels’ email signature. And it is that belief in community-building that Michels believes makes her coalition unique.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Drug-poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin: United States, 2000–2013,” suggests heroin overdose deaths have quadrupled since 2000, with the highest increase experienced in the Midwest.

Due to successful efforts at the local, state and federal level to reduce narcotic painkiller abuse, prescription drug addicts are turning to the cheaper, more accessible, and highly-addictiveheroin, the report states.

Tajikistan may seem like a world away from the U.S., but the Central Asian nation is facing many of the same problems seen here – heroin use, underage drinking and youth tobacco use. That’s why since 2012, CADCA has partnered with several organizations in Tajikistan to help build coalitions to reduce youth drug and alcohol use.

New 2013 mortality data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed discouraging news this week: While drug deaths related to prescription painkillers have remained stable since 2012, deaths related to heroin use have increased by 39 percent.

More than 8,000 people died due to heroin use in 2013 compared with 5,925 in 2012, the CDC reported. The surge in fatalities came amid an overall increase in overdose deaths, which rose from 41,340 to 43,982.

Youth use of alcohol and illicit drugs are steadily declining, but e-cigarette use is high and the perception that marijuana is harmful is low, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future Survey, released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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.