The 2013 Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking includes readily accessible reviews of the latest research on the extent of underage drinking and problems associated with it. According to the report, “Alcohol remains the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth,” which has “profound negative consequences for underage drinkers, their families, their communities, and society as a whole.”
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.
A new study suggests teens who consume high-caffeine energy drinks such as Monster or Red Bull may be more likely to use alcohol, drugs or cigarettes.
The study included almost 22,000 students in grades 8, 10 and 12, HealthDay reports. The researchers found 30 percent said they drank high-caffeine energy drinks or shots, while more than 40 percent drank regular soft drinks daily, and 20 percent drank diet soda daily. Teens who consumed energy drinks were two to three times more likely to admit recently using drugs, alcohol or cigarettes, compared with teens who didn’t consume energy drinks.
A Brighter Future for Children & Youth
Grant: For projects and programs addressing the needs of children and young people between the ages of 5 to 18 in the areas of violence prevention, anti-abuse and relationship abuse.
Funder: The United Methodist General Board of Ministries.
Eligibility: Small-scale, community and church-based programs and projects.
Deadline: July 1.
Amount: Multiple grants for up to $4,000 each.
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The Parntnership at Drugfree.org reported on a study on teen substance abuse. A new study showing marked increases in teen use of marijuana and Ecstasy over the past three years underscores the importance of incorporating screening and prevention programs into all health care interactions with adolescents and their parents, says a leading expert on adolescent substance abuse treatment.
“Any time professionals have an option to work with parents or teenagers, even if it’s not directly about a substance abuse issue, they should be putting drug use on the radar screen,” says Ken Winters, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, and Research Scientist at Treatment Research Institute.
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Grant: D.C. Gang Intervention and Outreach – To provide high quality outreach and programming to support District of Columbia older youth at high risk of violence and promote youth development by providing on-going training and support, encouraging coordination of events, and aligning youth outreach, engagement and case management services according to best practices.
Funder: Child and Youth Investment Trust Corp.
Eligibility: Not specified.
Deadline: Apr. 25.
Amount: Multiple types of awards ranging from $63,000 to $240,000 each.
CADCA reported on funding for the DFC program. When CADCA issued an alert earlier this year that the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program had been slated for a $9.5 million cut, the field responded in force, sending nearly 3,000 faxes to Capitol Hill to ask Congress to restore the funds. These efforts, along with the advocacy efforts of CADCA, paid off. Funding for the DFC program has been fully restored to $95 million for FY 2011.
Nearly 450 applications have been submitted for the current FY 2011 grant cycle. It is our understanding that a funding level of $95 million means that there should be enough funds to support approximately 75 new grants, rather than the 7 that would have been available if the program had been cut by $9.5 million. The fact that funding the DFC funding was restored is a major success for the field.
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