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.
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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..
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.
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
The National Institutes of Health report 2017 drug use data shows clear differences in substance use trends between college age adults and their non-college peers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released new steps to address epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, including a historic action against more than 1,300 retailers and five major manufacturers for their roles perpetuating youth access.
The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission has redesigned their website, WTSC.wa.gov, and refined other web-based resources to better serve the public, partners and the vision of Target Zero.
At the core is the newly redesigned Commission website, WTSC.wa.gov. Program-related information is all organized by topic, researchers can create custom reports, and grant information is easier to find and use.
WADrivetozero.com has also been refurbished. This site is to be a landing page used with PSAs – so the public has a place to view and find information after seeing one of our ads.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that low levels of chemicals in marijuana, like tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, were measurable in several mothers' breast milk up to six days after they said they smoked pot or ate an edible, among other forms of use.
The 29th annual National Leadership Forum will be held February 4 – 7, 2019 in National Harbor, MD.
Forum will be filled with new training, energizing speakers and a multitude of networking opportunities.
Interested in submitting a Call for Presentations application?
This year's theme is Transforming Communities: The Power of Prevention and as community change agents, we embrace the philosophy in our work to improve the quality of life in our nation's communities.The submission deadline is noon on Friday, September 21st.
Ready to register yourself and your coalition members? Be sure your member roster is updated, head to the Member Center and register online! Need help registering? Check out the new registration resources.
Congratulations to the four new Drug Free Communities (DFC) grantees in Washington state:
- Klickitat County (Our Klickitat)
- Sedro-Woolley (Skagit County Child and Family Consortium)
- Spokane (Spokane West Central Coalition) and
- Tacoma (The Prevent! Tacoma Coalition).
To receive funding through this highly competitive Federal program is a testament to the terrific work going on in those coalitions. As a DFC recipient, these grantees will receive up to $125,000 per year for five years with an opportunity to apply for an additional five years.
There were also three Washington coalitions that secured DFC funding for an additional five years:
- Sunnyside (Sunnyside United-Unidos)
- Issaquah (Influence the Choice – Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth)
- Raymond (Teen Advocacy Coalition)
Again, the continued coalition awards demonstrate the strength and effectiveness those coalitions have in their communities. These 7 coalitions join 18 other Washington coalitions with continuation grant awards, bringing the total of coalitions in the state funded through the Drug Free Communities grant to 25.
Our congratulations to all DFC grantees on your hard work, successful applications, and the increased opportunity to create positive community-wide change preventing substance abuse!
Information about the DFC program and Drug Free Communities grantees can be found here: www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/grants-programs/