February 28, 2014
Tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S., with 5.6 million of today’s young people projected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. To help communities address this problem, CADCA has developed a new online Tobacco Use Prevention Toolkit, which is designed to provide coalitions and drug prevention practitioners with strategies and ideas they can implement to prevent and reduce tobacco use in their communities.
The toolkit uses as its basis CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change, providing actions and strategies coalitions can use for each of the seven steps to achieve community change. The toolkit’s content is based on an environmental approach, with strategies aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies.
via CADCA Unveils New Online Toolkit to Help Coalitions Reduce Tobacco Use | CADCA.
February 26, 2014
F.D.A. Orders 4 Bidi Cigarette Brands Removed From Shelves – NYTimes.com
via F.D.A. Orders 4 Bidi Cigarette Brands Removed From Shelves – NYTimes.com.
February 26, 2014
Programs that aim to curb teen prescription drug abuse have vastly differing effectiveness, ranging from big drops in drug abuse to no measurable effect, according to a new study of 11,000 teenagers by researchers at Duke and Pennsylvania State universities.
The best results came from pairing a school-based program with a home-based intervention, resulting in a 10 percent decrease in abuse rates. By contrast, most school-based programs were ineffective when used by themselves, with just one exception.
The study found that only one school-based program was effective when used by itself. The Botvin LifeSkills Training program resulted in 4 percent lower drug abuse rates, compared with a control group. The 18-session course teaches social skills that build competence and encourage assertiveness. LifeSkills Training was also among the most cost-effective programs studied, costing an average of $15 per child. By contrast, the study notes that prescription drug abusers cost society an average of $7,500 each for treatment and other expenses, by conservative estimates.
The six-year study is among the first to measure the success and cost-effectiveness of prescription drug abuse prevention efforts.
via LifeSkills Training: News Detail.
February 25, 2014
Attention ALL Drug Free Communities 2014 Applicants! Please make note that the 2014 DFC RFP has been revised. There are 10 revisions to the original RFP
via 2014 Drug Free Communities RFP Has Been Revised | CADCA.
February 24, 2014
After local data showed that the Pueblo of Laguna tribal community was experiencing major problems with underage and binge drinking, the Laguna Prevention Coalition knew they had to take drastic measures to address the problem. So they worked with local leaders to ban packaged alcohol sales on the reservation.
When the New Mexico-based Laguna Prevention Coalition first formed, they never envisioned a prohibitionist type of policy for their reservation, which includes six villages: Laguna, Mesita, Paguate, Seama, Paraje and Encinal. However, local survey data showed that buying alcohol at the grocery store was causing overconsumption, especially by underage youth.
via Coalitions in Action: Tribal Coalition Passes Policy Banning Packaged Alcohol Sales | CADCA.
February 20, 2014
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) recently announced the availability of up to $600,000 in Community Advocacy Grants (CAGs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2015.
TFL CAGs, along with other TFL program elements, play an important role in changing community norms around tobacco use and perceptions of the tobacco industry. In order to promote smoke-free policies and decrease other tobacco use in Louisiana, these grants have been designed to reach key priority populations while assisting in the implementation of effective and evidence-based practices in tobacco prevention and control.
via Community Advocacy Grants available from The Louisiana Campaign For Tobacco-Free Living | KATC.com | Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana.
February 19, 2014
The Blueprints Conference, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel on April 14 – 16, 2014, provides information on cost-effective and proven programs that help young people reach their full potential. Get a head start on preparing children for success with top programs promoting education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships. The conference will provide professionals who work to promote healthy youth development with support, guidance, and tools to help successfully implement these programs in their own communities.
Several model Blueprints programs, including Botvin LifeSkills Training, will host pre-conferenceson Monday, April 14th.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from seasoned practitioners in the field and to network with others in the industry. Register today: http://www.blueprintsconference.com/about/