Researchers found that kids who had tastes of an alcoholic beverage before they started 6th grade were five times more likely to have a full drink by 9th grade, compared with their classmates who had not tasted alcohol, a new study suggested.

These "early sippers" were also four times more likely to get drunk or binge drink by their first semester of high school compared with their peers who abstained, the study showed.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This old adage worked for the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition in Troy, New York. The “Collar City,” near the state’s Capitol, had experienced a surge of criminal and gang activity, and the last straw was a local problem with synthetic marijuana. A neighborhood action committee was formed. They sought Drug-Free Communities Support Program funding. Twice rejected, the coalition submitted their application again and are now successfully implementing their initiatives as a Year One DFC grantee.

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).

Find the best way your community coalition can assist college and university officials address alcohol and drug prevention.

“It’s an art and a science and it’s fun to do,” said DanversCARES project director Peg Sallade of the comprehensive campaign using social media and relationships with local business and schools that lowered 30-day youth alcohol use by 12 percent and high-risk drinking rates by 25.5 percent between 2008 and 2014.


Youth use of alcohol, cigarettes 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.

Washington, DC – Nearly 2,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from across the country will convene in Orlando, Fla. July 20-24 for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute. The week-long training, held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel, will teach participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – youth drug use.

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.