Practical Theorist 11 Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Despite a decline in smoking in the past 50 years, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2016) 40 million adults and more than three and a half million adolescents (CDC, 2018) continue to smoke.

Practical Theorist 10The U.S. opioid overdose epidemic has affected millions of families and thousands of communities across the country. From 1999 to 2016, more than 350,000 people died from opioid overdoses (CDC, 2017). Currently, more than 115 people die of an opioid overdose every day (CDC, 2017).

Handbook for Community Anti-Drug CoalitionsThe Handbook for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions provides an overview of resources for and about community coalitions. It helps educate, inform and empower local coalitions and provides some of the basic tools needed to become effective and sustainable.

 

 

 

 

 

Capacity Primer: Building Membership, Structure and Leadership

This primer provides clear guidelines to help your coalition build the capacity needed to develop and carry out a comprehensive community plan to reduce substance abuse rates. It describes the components of a coherent plan related to your coalition’s strategies and priorities for capacity building.

 

 

 

 

It should come as no surprise that just as U.S. communities face a number of drug-related problems, many communities in neighboring Mexico also experience similar problems. That’s why in 2008, CADCA began working on a pilot project to build community drug prevention coalitions in Mexico in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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 course looks into what we know about marijuana. We'll explore the latest research about the harms of this hot topic of a drug. We'll consider how it impacts users and society, and look at the issue of marijuana as medicine. What's the rational public health approach for community coalitions to take? 

The push to close pill mills and reduce the painkiller supply is creating a new problem. Opiate addicts need their fix, so when they can’t easily get their pills to pop, they’re often turning to heroin.

In communities that are cracking down on pill mills and doctor shopping, heroin-related deaths are increasing. Experts warn that if heroin use isn’t increasing in your area yet, it’s just a matter of time.
 
During this hour-long program, “Highway to Heroin,” hear how communities are dealing with two serious drug problems at the same time. Learn how to prepare for an influx of heroin. See how partners in the Cleveland, Ohio area are working together to stop opiate abuse.

 

Esta Guía brindará lineamientos claros para ayudar a las coaliciones a lograr el reforzamiento institucional necesario para desarrollar e implementar un plan comunitario integral para la reducción del consumo de drogas ilícitas. Este documento describe los componentes de un plan coherente relacionado con las estrategias y prioridades para reforzar las habilidades de su coalición.