Substance Abuse and Addiction
- Opioid use in 12th graders has dramatically declined over the past 5 years
- Daily marijuana use exceeds daily cigarette use among 8th (0.8 vs. 0.6 percent), 10th (2.9 vs. 2.2 percent) and 12th (5.9 vs. 4.2 percent) graders.
- Past month use of alcohol was reported by 8.0 percent, 19.7 percent, and 33.2 percent of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, respectively, compared to 11.0 percent, 27.6 percent, and 41.5 percent in 2012
- Use of tobacco and nicotine products has declined to the lowest level in this survey’s history
- Vaping was the third most common form of substance use in high school seniors and 10th graders (after alcohol and marijuana) and the second most common among 8th graders (after alcohol)
- Since 2011, reported use of synthetic drugs among 12th graders has dropped from 11.4 percent to 3.7 percent
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.