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). 






Implementation Primer: Putting Your Plan into Action This primer assists your coalition in the implementation of comprehensive strategies designed to achieve population-level reductions of substance abuse rates. It describes the importance of community mobilization and the necessity of seeking meaningful environmental change—two strategies that research indicates can influence substance abuse rates in an entire community.




The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the release of HI-5, list of non-clinical, community-wide approaches with a proven track record. By focusing on their “social determinants of health” and on “changing the context to make healthy choices easier," coalitions can help improve the health of everyone living in a community.

Join CADCA at “Saving Lives: Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis,” Sept. 7-8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

The event is hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota; the U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy.

A coalition in Putnam County, Tennessee, has reduced smoking, underage drinking, and medicine abuse by using the Power of Putnam.

A five-year evaluation of the coalition’s Partnerships for Success project showed marked improvement in substance use amongst high school students:

The 2016 GOT OUTCOMES! deadline for Phase I applications is Aug. 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Each year, CADCA offers coalitions this chance to receive national recognition for their contributions to community-level substance abuse outcomes. Sponsored by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute, the GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards celebrate coalitions that engage their community in a comprehensive assessment and in-depth problem analysis process identifying local community conditions.

Preventing substance abuse and addiction is hard enough in the United States, but being a preventionist in a country ravaged by years of turmoil can be a monumental challenge.

In Iraq, the Together to Protect Human & the Environment Association, which was established in 2005, has worked on solving a number of local problems. They began collaborating with the young people, then with other private and public sector representatives.

Whether it’s adult binge and underage drinking or prescription drug abuse, the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse (CAPSAT) of Tulsa, Okla., has been able to change the environment by partnering with many sectors, including one unique coalition supporter, their Mayor.

Coalition members are invited to attend the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP’s) free webinar from 1-2:15 p.m. EST Monday, June 27th, called “Finding Solutions by Working Together.”

The webinar will feature ways to expand evidence-based prevention programs in ONDCP’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA) and in law enforcement.

Opening remarks will be provided by Mary Lou Leary, Deputy Director for Policy, Research and Budget, ONDCP