Substance Abuse and Addiction
While prevention efforts across the United States seem to be making an impact, substance abuse is still a far too common problem. The 2015 Monitoring the Future study on substance use and related attitudes of American teenagers, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and conducted by a research team at the University of Michigan offered the following notes of interest among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders:
- Use of alcohol and cigarettes reached their lowest points in over 40 years
- Binge drinking declined significantly in 2015.
- Tobacco use is at its lowest in two decades
- Alternative tobacco product use such as flavored cigarillos and electronic cigarettes is increasing
- Use of several illicit drugs—including MDMA (ecstasy, Molly), heroin, amphetamines and synthetic marijuana—also showed a decline
- Marijuana remained the most widely used of the illicit drugs
- The percent of students who see regular marijuana use as carrying a great risk of harm has declined substantially since about 2005, and is still declining
- Approximately one in every 16 high school seniors smoking marijuana on a daily basis.
The Kansas Prevention Collaborative website will highlight online materials, toolkits, data and other resources related to behavioral health promotion and prevention in an effort to provide more education opportunities and awareness to support local Kansas initiatives. This will include references to other useful websites and resources related to other substance abuse prevention. It’s exciting to see prevention efforts at work in communities across the country. Prevention works!
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The Community of Anti-Drug Coalitions
The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is a national organization with a, "mission to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events." To learn more and explore their resources visit cadca.org.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has dedicated the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as their agency leading public health efforts and advance behavioral health across the United States. Their mission is "to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Get to know SAMHSA and all they offer at samhsa.gov.
The Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies
The Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) is SAMHSA’s integrated national training and technical assistance system of resources supporting the delivery of effective prevention programs and practices to address substance misuse and mental illness. According to their mission, "CAPT prevention specialists work across states, tribes, and jurisdictions to help prevention professionals get the resources and training they need to develop, implement, and evaluate programs." Get more information at samhsa.gov/capt.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. This agency advises the President of the United States on drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the Federal government, and offers an annual National Drug Control Strategy. More about the ONDCP’s efforts in prevention can be found at whitehouse.gov/ondcp.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, has adopted the mission, "to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health." NIDA’s website offers support by highlighting research on drug use and its consequences, and sharing this information to help prevention and treat substance use disorders and to increase public awareness of addiction. Find them at drugabuse.gov.