Study shows substance abuse and mental illness vary among states

July 29, 2011

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed a study looking at the behavioral health issues of each state. The study will benefit each state’s public health authorities in terms of improving or including health care quality regarding serious issues such as substance abuse and alcoholism.

The study included insights into many states’ patterns of drug use and alcohol dependency. To see the insights, click here. SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde believes that this data will help states improve health care programs and implement more prevention programs to help combat the war on drug and alcohol abuse.

There’s still time to sign up for August 1st’s High School Online Training!

July 28, 2011

We have a few spots open for Monday, August 1st’s High School Online Training.


Here’s an easy link to the registration form.  

Parent Program now available for e-readers

July 28, 2011

Botvin LifeSkills Training Parent Program is now available on the Amazon Kindle. Parents and guardians alike can now strengthen communication with their children about drugs and alcohol from the comforts of their e-reader.

Don’t have a Kindle? No worries. Amazon Kindle now has applications that can be downloaded on PCs, Mac products (including the iPad and iPhone), as well as several smartphones. You simply download the Kindle app on your smartphone, computer, or tablet and then purchase any good read from Amazon’s extensive library of e-books. Learn more about the Kindle app and if it’s compatible for your phone here.

The Kindle app makes it convenient for any parent to utilize the Parent Program despite their busy schedules. To purchase your copy of the Parent Program for the Kindle click here.

“Eco-Friendly” Cigarettes won’t cut it for Anti-Smoking Group

July 27, 2011

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids objected to advertisements for National American Spirit Cigarettes that claim to be “eco-friendly,” a USA Today report said. A member of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Vince Willmore said the advertisements, that appear in magazines such as Esquire, Elle, and Marie Claire, were hindering the fact that cigarettes are harmful to one’s health by making them seem better than ordinary cigarettes.

National American Spirit is owned by Reynolds American Inc., and responded by saying that the cigarettes are being made in a more economically-friendly manner using wind-powered facilities and fewer chemicals. To read the news story click here.


Grandparents becoming parents again…

July 26, 2011

An article on found that more and more grandparents are taking care of their grandchildren for many different reasons. Oftentimes parents are incapable of taking care of their children “due to substance abuse, physical or mental illness, financial problems, incarceration, death, and more recently, military deployment and the recession,” the article explained.Rather than traveling, grandparents are taking on responsibilities such as diapers, school, extracurricular activities and technology – what teenager doesn’t have a cell phone these days? Considering that, in 2009, 3.1 million children were living without a parent, 59% of them were in the custody of their grandparents. Researchers have dubbed these children as the “skip generation” or “grandfamilies.”

Grandparents who take on these parenting roles have mixed emotions about taking care of their grandchildren. Some enjoy the extra company that fills their once empty homes after their own children grew up. Other grandparents feel that they can’t keep up with young children running around.

To read the full article and statistics on recent studies on “grandfamilies” click here.

To learn more information about Grandfamily policies and resources, visit Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center.


There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar!

July 25, 2011

There are still a few spots left for July 28th’s webinar on Strategies for Community-Based Prevention at 2pm EDT. Attendees will learn about effective ways of working with time constraints, training staff, keeping students stimulated, along with other helpful strategies. Click on the link below to register.

Youth-Oriented Movies Show Less Smoking

July 22, 2011

A recent study has found that youth films have fewer tobacco-related scenes. The study was funded by an anti-tobacco non-profit group called Legacy and was conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The study showed that film companies Time Warner, Comcast, and the Walt Disney Company decreased tobacco-related scenes in their films by 96%. These companies adopted policies to reduce smoking in their films in the past.

 Cruella de Vil in Disney’s 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Even companies without smoking policies dropped the amount of smoking in movies by 42%. However, more than 40% of their youth-related movies involve smoking. These companies include: News Corp., Sony, and Viacom.

Future studies will be conducted on the causal relationship of youth’s depiction of smoking in films and youth’s exposure to tobacco.

To read more on the study click here.

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