Coming in May

May 14-20 is Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects
Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD). In addition to general news from the prevention field, PIC Newswire articles will focus on and supplement activities related to AOD related birth defects. For more information, and to access a Kit to help you plan AOD Related Birth Defect Week activities, contact NCADD http://www.ncadd.org/

RADAR Network Suspended

The Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Network has been suspended. The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is encouraging the public to order prevention materials directly from their site at http://www.health.org/. NCADI is saying to allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

The PIC will continue to disseminate high demand professional and consumer substance abuse prevention, treatment, and research information available through NCADI and other sources, but the Colorado RADAR Clearinghouse will now be called the PIC Clearinghouse. Orders of items in the PIC Clearinghouse inventory will continue to be delivered in 5-7 days.

In the future, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is moving towards having more camera-ready materials available electronically to be printed locally at each site instead of paying for costly mailings.

April Focus: Alcohol Awareness

Our focus for April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Below is a selection of the resources available from the PIC and on the Web that address this yearly observance. Please feel free to contact the PIC for further information on these or other items available for loan through the library.

ON THE WEB:

Alcoholism – MedlinePlus.gov
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/alcoholism.html
An excellent starting point for finding reliable web-based information on
alcoholism, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, statistics, organizations and
research.

BOOK:

Changing the Culture of College Drinking: A Socially Situated Health Communication Campaign / Lederman, Linda C.; Stewart, Lea P. –Cresskill, NJ: Neh Hampton Press. 2005
Describes the development, theoretical framework, and innovative design of the of the RU SURE campaign, a Rytgers University program based on the authorss’ Socially Situated Experiential Learning (SSEL) Model.

VIDEOS

The Addiction Files: Case Study Of A Recovering Alcoholic
From brain scans to blood tests, this program explores alcoholism and addiction from all angles to shed light on what alcoholism is-and is not.
Circulation #11079

Underage Drinking: Know the Facts, Know the Risks
This program spells out the dangers and the risks of underage drinking while also providing new information on how the adolescent brain can be permanently damaged by alcohol.
Circulation #11223

Alcohol & the Teenage Brain: A Video Guide for Parents and Professionals
This video presents the latest research about how alcohol impairs the growing adolescent brain. New research has shown that adolescents experimenting with alcohol and binge drinking are literally putting their futures at risk by compromising the full potential of their brains to learn, conceptualize and prepare for college and the workplace.
Circulation #11226

VISUAL AID

Teenagers and Alcohol
This folding display provides current statistics on the risks to teens as well as information on the special dangers for women who drink, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Circulation #11036

INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Facts on Alcohol
This interactive electronic reference guide presents the facts about alcohol. Images and audio effects support the disc’s targeted data on what exactly alcohol is, how it works, its short- and long-term effects, alcohol use- and abuse-related issues, and treatment and counseling options.
Circulation #11468

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) since 1987, encourages local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcohol Awareness Month began as a way of reaching the American public with information about the disease of alcoholism, and that alcoholics are capable of recovery. A primary focus of Alcohol Awareness Month over the past ten years has been Underage Drinking and the devastating effects it can have on our youth.

Some key facts:

  • Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people;
  • Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21;
  • Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.
  • Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $53 billion

For more information on NCADD and Alcohol Awareness Month, please visit their website at http://www.ncadd.org.

Colorado residents can order free materials concerned with alcoholism by visiting our online PIC Clearinghouse store.

You can click on the April Focus category link for resources to help prevent inhalant abuse.

National Treatment Admissions for Primary Alcohol and Cocaine Abuse Decrease While Admissions for Marijuana Double and Stimulants Triple

Source: Center for Substance Abuse Research, CESAR Fax4/17/06
“The percentage of admissions to state-funded substance abuse treatment facilities for primary* alcohol abuse declined from 1993 to 2003, according to data from the national Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). While alcohol continues to be the substance most frequently cited as a primary substance of abuse, primary alcohol abuse accounted for less than one-half (41%) of all admission in 2003 (the most recent year for which data are available), down from 57% in 1993. The percentage of admissions for primary cocaine abuse also decreased, from 17% to 14%. At the same time, the percentage of admissions for primary abuse of stimulants (including methamphetamine and prescription stimulants) tripled and marijuana more than doubled while primary opiate admissions also increased (from 13% to 18%).”

New in the STEPP Clearinghouse

The following resources have just been added to the online STEPP store. They are FREE to Colorado residents. To browse and order this and other free resources visit http://www.rmc.org/shop

The following brochures are the same, except for image on cover:

Cessation: Quitline You can quit. We can help. (Asian/Pacific)
Soon everyone will know you’re a quitter. Won’t that be great?
Colorado Residents: Click here to order for FREE

Cessation: Quitline You can quit. We can help. (African American)
Colorado Residents: Click here to order for FREE

Cessation: Quitline You can quit. We can help. (Caucasian)
Colorado Residents: Click here to order for FREE

Cessation: Quitline You can quit. We can help. (Hispanic)
Colorado Residents: Click here to order for FREE

White House Urging Random Drug Testing in Schools

The Bush Administration’s proposed FY2007 budget provides $25 million to fund school-based drug testing programs. The ONDCP continues through April to hold its Regional Drug Testing Summits in four U.S. cities to explore the issue of school drug testing. The media reports criticisms that the government has yet to commission a controlled study of random drug testing in schools and points to research that indicates that that there is not a relationship between drug testing and the rate of drug use.

For more information:
Relationship between student illicit drug use and school drug-testing policies
Journal of School Health, 73 (4), April 2003
School-Based Drug Prevention: What Kind of Drug Use Does It Prevent?
RAND, 2002
What You Need to Know About Drug Testing in Schools
ONDCP, 2002
W.House pushes more schools to drug-test students
Reuters, 3/19/06
The Whitehouse refocuses on drugs in schools
NPR Weekend Edition, 3/26/06