ADAD Treatment Directory is Back

The ADAD treatment directory is available once again. The directory allows you to locate licensed treatment programs within the state of Colorado. Search by city, judicial district, type of service, Managed Service Organization (MSO), or program name.

The directory also provides searching by special needs and/or populations: DUI/DWAI offenders, minors, women, emergency and involuntary commitments, and offender education and treatment.

To access the directory visit the ADAD homepage at http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/adad/ and then click on the left side column where it says Treatment Directory on the left side column, or bookmark the direct link, which is http://69.67.96.57/ohr/adad/treatment/Directory.asp

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After Several Years of Decline, Smoking Rates Among High School Students May Have Stalled

Source: CESAR Fax, 15:45, 11/13/2006

While the prevalence of current cigarette use declined significantly from 36.4% in 1997 to 21.9% in 2003, there was no statistically significant difference in use from 2003 to 2005, which is consistent with trends observed in other national school-based surveys. According to the authors, factors that may have contributed to this lack of a continued decline include smaller annual increases in the prices of cigarettes, less youth exposure to and/or funding for smoking-prevention campaigns and proand substantial increases in spending by the tobacco industry onadvertising and promotion.

Read the complete Cesar Fax overview.

See Also:
Cigarette Use Among High School Students—United States, 1991-2005, Morbidity and Mortality Monthly Report 55(26)724-
726, 2006. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5526a2.htm.

Grants Fund Student Drug Testing Programs

Source: NCJRS Justice Information, 12:2, 11/15/2006

The U.S. Department of Education and ONDCP announce awards totaling $8.6 million in federal grants for schools to implement random student drug testing programs. Drug testing emphasizes early intervention, treatment, community action, and prevention efforts in keeping youth away from the damaging effects of drugs.

See also:
The original ONDCP 10/2/200 Press Release
Student Drug Testing: Compassion or Punishment? JTO Online, 2/6/2006.
PRO: ONDCP’s Random Student Drug Testing site.
CON: Drug Policy Alliance’s Drug Testing Fails Our Youth site.

CDC Names New Director for Health Promotion

Source: CDC Press Release, 11/14/2006

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Julie Gerberding announced today the appointment of Kathleen Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., as the new director of the Coordinating Center for Health Promotion (CoCHP).

Click here to read the rest of the press release.

Alcohol, Marijuana, Adderall, and Ritalin Perceived to Be Most Easily Available Drugs Misused Among Undergraduates

Source: CESAR Fax, 15:43, 10/30/2006

After alcohol and marijuana, the prescription stimulants Adderall®and Ritalin®are perceived to be the most easily available drugs misused at a large public mid-Atlantic university, according to a qualitative survey of a consistent panel of undergraduate students. Nearly all high risk*(91%) and low risk*(87%) student reporters (SRs) surveyed thought that Adderall was easy to obtain and morethan two-thirds of each thought that Ritalin was easy to obtain (see figure below). Respondents believed thatstudents use prescription stimulants non-medically instead of coffee or energy drinks because prescription stimulants are “more effective, last longer, [and have] less calories” (p. 2). According to the authors, these results suggest “that the perceptions of wide-spread availability and use of prescription drugs on campus found in our earlier surveys of high risk SRs are probably applicable to a wider student population” (p. 2).

Read the complete Cesar Fax overview.

Incentive-Based Therapy Improves Outlook For Methamphetamine Abusers

Source: NIH News, 11/6/2006

New research suggests that offering methamphetamine abusers an incentive-based behavioral therapy program called contingency management (CM — also known as Motivational Incentives), along with psychosocial therapy is more effective than psychosocial therapy alone. The study was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, and is published in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. A CM program applies rules and consequences to help people change their behavior. In other words, participants are in treatment with contingencies, or rewards. In this case, the rules required production of drug-free urine samples. The rewards were plastic chips that could be exchanged for prizes.

Click here for the rest of the NIH News release
Click here for full text of the article in American Journal of Psychiatry, 163:11, November 2006 (link active 11/13/06)

Evaluation shows National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign Was Not Effective in Reducing Youth Drug Use

According to a recent CESAR Fax report, ” An evaluation of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign provides credible evidence that the campaign was not effective in reducing youth drug use, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accounting Agency (GAO). The GAO has recommended limiting appropriations for the campaign until the ONDCP can provide either credible evidence that the campaign impacts youth drug use outcomes or provides options for a new media approach.

CESAR Fax Authors note that this evaluation does not include the current campaign, which needs to be evaluated separately.

Read the complete Cesar Fax overview.
See NIDA reports evaluating the campaign (c.2000-2006).
Order the full GAO report ant ONDCP response from GAO.