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November 15, 2018

Every 2 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors national Town Hall Meetings to educate communities about underage drinking and to mobilize them around its prevention. Prevention is working! Help continue the downward trend in underage drinking by planning to host or attend a meeting in your area.  

 Join communities across the nation and host a Communities Talk event in your community to help prevent underage drinking.

Subscribe to Town Hall Meetings e-Alerts to receive news and information about the latest resources for underage drinking prevention, such as toolkits and planning guides. 

November 9, 2018

The CDC, in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, released a report showing US adult smoking rates have reached a new low. Researchers analyzed data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). In 2017, an estimated 47.4 million U.S. adults (19.3%) currently used any tobacco product, including cigarettes; cigars, cigarillos, or filtered little cigars; electronic cigarettes; smokeless tobacco; and pipes, water pipes, or hookahs. Among current tobacco product users, 86.7% (41.1 million) smoked combustible tobacco products, and 19.0% (9.0 million) used ≥2 tobacco products. Considerable progress has been made in reducing cigarette smoking among U.S. adults over the past half century: an estimated 14.0% of U.S. adults (34.3 million) were current cigarette smokers in 2017, representing a 67% decline since 1965. 

October 26, 2018

Report from the national Drug Enforcement Administration provides a yearly assessment of the many challenges local communities face related to drug abuse and drug trafficking. Highlights in the report include usage and trafficking trends for drugs such as prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and the hundreds of synthetic drugs. Read the full 2018 report here and a summary of key findings here.

October 4, 2018

The toolkit of digital resources to help promote the Drug Enforcement Administration’s upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is now live. The “Partnership Toolbox” includes a variety of materials – posters, pamphlets, ads, billboards, and social media art that is pre-sized for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

October 2, 2018

Prevention works! The most recent Monitoring of the Future data shows decrease in the percentage of teens who drink. Read more here.

September 26, 2018

One of every 11 U.S. high school students says they have used marijuana in an e-cigarette, according to a nationwide survey. That equals more than 2 million teens. Read full article here.

September 21, 2018

The Surgeon General has released a Spotlight on Opioids toolkit to shine a light on the latest data on opioid misuse and overdoses.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates deaths in 2017 increased by almost 10% claiming the lives of more than 70,000 Americans.  The Surgeon General also released a digital postcard to help individuals understand how they can help prevent addiction or assist a loved one that may be struggle with addiction. 

September 17, 2018

Please visit SAMHSA to view a video presentation of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data findings by Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD..

September 17, 2018

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) annouced the launch of an Online Toolkit for addressing substance use and misuse in veteran populations.  CADCA selected five coalitions who graduated from the National Coalition Academy to implement substance use prevention projects focused on veterans in their communities.  The five coalitions represented different demographics and included: Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc. from Kingston, Tennessee; Prevention Coalitions for Success (PC4S) from Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services from Lawrenceville, Georgia; Troy Drug Free Community Coalition from Troy, New York; and Carter County Drug Free Coalition from Ashland, Kentucky. The online toolkit is based on the experiences and findings of the five participating coalitions.

September 17, 2018

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has released Practical Theorist Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Community Prevention—An Application of the Seven Strategies for Community Change.  The Practical Theorist is part of a series developed in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and covers important topics related to the opioid epidemic including:

  • Brief history of opioid addiction
  • Types and classifications of opioids
  • Physiological basis of opioid addiction
  • Individual and environmental factors related to misuse
  • Seven strategies for community change

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