Over the years, companies have brought products into the marketplace that glamorize underage drinking. The latest product is a toy that is marketed to elementary school-age children, a dollhouse to fuel Barbie’s thirst for booze.

CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur T. Dean, addressed members of a Bi-Partisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic this morning on Capitol Hill.

With the House of Representatives passing 10 opioid bills this week and more votes scheduled for later today, CADCA wanted coalitions to read Gen. Dean’s statement from this morning’s bi-partisan task force meeting.

Here is an excerpt:

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah and pipe tobacco, among others.

This historic rule helps implement the bi-partisan 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 through a variety of steps, including restricting the sale of these tobacco products to minors nationwide.

California Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday signed into law a bill raising the legal purchase age for cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 years from 18.

Yesterday, the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee unanimously approved 12 bi-partisan legislative initiatives aimed at tackling opioid and drug abuse issues affecting communities across the country.

H.R. 3250, The DXM Abuse Prevention Act, authored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) is one such piece of legislation. Long supported by CADCA, the bill would restrict the sale of products containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to adults over age 18 nationwide and place restrictions on distribution of bulk DXM.

On behalf of CADCA’s 5,000 community coalitions across the country, we commend Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for holding the Drug Caucus hearing yesterday on “Is the Department of Justice Adequately Protecting the Public from the Impact of State Recreational Marijuana Legalization?”

    

Donna Foisy and Stephanie Armbrister Strutner have been named the 2016 Advocates of the Year by CADCA.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) bill moved to the Senate floor last week and your support is still needed. Today the full Senate voted 93-3 to close debate on the bill. It is likely that the Senate will have a final vote on CARA today.

Bill Gentes, the Project Coordinator for the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force in Lake County, Ill., had a unique challenge. The coalition’s nine permanent drop boxes were at capacity. So, using strategies learned at CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, the coalition leveraged their resources, advocated for a state law, and, as a result, increased collection capacity and lowered their opioid overdose rates.

But the “adventure in advocacy,” as Gentes puts it, wasn’t without its challenges.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee’s bi-partisan, unanimous vote today to send the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) bill to the Senate floor.

The Committee held a markup on the bill today, and voted for the bill unanimously.

The bill authorizes the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.

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