Teens who drink with parents may still develop alcohol problems

January 29, 2010

Despite the research on the negative effects of alcohol use on young people, many parents still believe that teen drinking is a right of passage. Many take the approach of trying to teach responsible drinking by letting their teenagers have alcohol at home. However, a new study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, shows that this approach is ineffective.

In a study of 428 Dutch families, researchers found that the more teenagers were allowed to drink at home, the more they drank outside of home as well. What’s more, teens who drank under their parents’ watch or on their own had an elevated risk of developing alcohol-related problems. Drinking problems included trouble with school work, missed school days and getting into fights with other people, among other issues.

The findings, say the researchers, put into question the advice of some experts who recommend that parents drink with their teenage children to teach them how to drink responsibly — with the aim of limiting their drinking outside of the home.


OSDFS Hosting a Webinar on Grant Opportunities for 2010

January 26, 2010

On Tuesday, February 2nd, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., OSDFS Staff will host a webinar to discuss the grant opportunities available in 2010.   Each OSDFS Discretionary Grant Program Manager will provide details about their program and information about how to apply for each grant.

 The following OSDFS 2010 Discretionary grant opportunities will be included in the webinar:

  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)
  • Higher Education Institutions for Emergency Management Plans
  • Elementary and Secondary School Counselors
  • Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems
  • Building State Capacity for Preventing Youth Substance Use and Violence
  • Grant Competition to Reduce Alcohol Abuse
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Models on College Campuses
  • Cooperative Civic Education and Economic Education Exchange Program
  • Carol M. White Physical Education Program

There is no pre-registration for this eventOn the day of the webinar, call-in participation will be limited to the first 500 callers. 

The webinar power point presentation will be available at:


Webinar information:

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) 
To join the online meeting (Now from iPhones and other Smartphones too!)

Meeting Number: 741 038 130
1. Go to https://educate.webex.com/educate/j.php?ED=103026377&UID=0&PW=NZTlkZjlmY2Mz&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: jan2010
4. Click “Join Now”.

Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

January 25, 2010

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth Request for Proposals

One Year Program Grants for Tobacco Use Prevention & Cessation Programs with Youth in Virginia

Term of Grant Awards:   July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011

This is an online application process. No hard copies of the RFP will be available. All organizations considering responding to this RFP MUST attend one of four MANDATORY OFFEROR’S CONFERENCES. Visit Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s website for more information: http://www.healthyyouthva.org/funding.asp

Completed proposals are due by March 29, 2010 by 11:59 p.m.

E-mail Donna Gassie if you have any questions.

Preparing grant applications can be a bit challenging.  Botvin LifeSkills Training offers several grant application tools to help you in applying for local, state, and federal funding.


ONDCP in Partneship with SAMHSA Announces 2010 Drug Free Communities Program RFA’s are Now Available

January 25, 2010

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced that the 2010 DFC Request for Applications (RFA) is now available at http://www.samhsa.gov/Grants/2010/SP-10-005.aspx 

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program funds community coalitions addressing youth substance use. Any coalition, that meets the statutory eligibility requirements may apply for DFC funding.  

If you have questions related to the content of the RFA, please call the hotline at 240-276-1270 or email your questions to dfcnew2010@samhsa.hhs.gov. If you have financial or grants management questions, please call Barbara Orlando at 240-276-1422 or email her at Barbara.orlando@samhsa.hhs.gov.

The deadline for applying is Friday, March 19, 2010.

Preparing grant applications can be a bit challenging.  Botvin LifeSkills Training offers several grant application tools to help you in applying for local, state, and federal funding.


Anti-drug Education Methods Adapt to Times

January 22, 2010

Schools in Longview, TX have discontinued the DARE program in favor of evidence-based programs such as LST.

Drug and alcohol abuse educators these days have a more scientific approach based on results. Longview schools discontinued programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and have begun using research-based government funded programs. With that transition, drug education curriculum also has changed.

“To truly be effective in altering the behavior of young people (a program) must be factual and it must provide them with tools they can use for their life,” said Susan Erwin Morgan, executive director of East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ETCADA).

Educating children at every age is critical, Morgan said. ETCADA offers three programs for students — LifeSkills Training for elementary students, Youth Connection for middle school students and Project Toward No Drug Abuse, an intervention program for alternative school students and juvenile detention centers.

Click here to read the full article

Tobacco Companies Will Soon Provide Detailed Ingredients to FDA

January 21, 2010

In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they’ve done on the effects of the ingredients.

Companies have long acknowledged using cocoa, coffee, menthol and other additives to make tobacco taste better. The new information will help the FDA determine which ingredients might also make tobacco more harmful or addictive. It will also use the data to develop standards for tobacco products and could ban some ingredients or combinations.

While the FDA must keep much of the data confidential under trade-secret laws, it will publish a list of harmful and potentially harmful ingredients by June 2011. Under the law, it must be listed by quantity in each brand.

SOURCE: Associated Press

Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

January 20, 2010

Smoke Free RFP Announcement: Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to invite eligible agencies to submit proposals for funding of tobacco control programs through A Smoke Free Paso del Norte Initiative’s (SFI) competitive process. Successful applicants will provide evidence-based programs in support of Foundation efforts to eliminate tobacco use among adolescents within the Paso del Norte region.

For more information, contact Enrique Mata, Senior Program Officer at 915-544-7636 or emata@pdnhf.org

Click here to download the Smoke Free Paso del Norte Request for Proposals.

Preparing grant applications can be a bit challenging.  Botvin LifeSkills Training offers several grant application tools to help you in applying for local, state, and federal funding.


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