December Agency Highlight

In Colorado, Persistent Drunk Driving (PDD) education funds support programs intended to deter persistent drunk driving or to educate the public on the dangers of persistent drunk driving, with particular emphasis on young drivers.

Several counties offer persistent drunk driving prevention programs.

For a list of county programs and contacts please see the Persistent Drunk Driver Programs section of the Directory of ADAD-funded Prevention Providers list.

PIC goes Statewide!

The PIC collections are now available for free interlibrary loan to libraries in every county of Colorado.

As a new lender on the Colorado StateWide Interlibrary Fast Track (SWIFT) program, professionals throughout the state now have the choice of a) contacting the PIC directly, or b) requesting items from their local public, school, academic, or special library as an interlibrary loan request.

Approximately 400 library systems, districts, and networks will be able to borrow resources for free from the PIC, and many will be able to receive these items via a statewide library courier system, in 2-4 days.

This means any Colorado resident can check PIC and other items out from, and return them to, a library near them.

To take advantage of this service:
1) Ask about interlibrary loans at your nearest library
2) Search the PIC catalog or Colorado Virtual Library, under “Other” library type.
3) Provide your library with a title, author, date of publication and any other pertinent information, and
4) They’ll do the rest!

Library Borrowers

Source: Colorado State Library,

Online journal articles and databases are here

The PIC provides access to both print and online professional research periodicals. It is now possible to access full text databases from anywhere! Access the resources from the library catalog or visit You will need to know your PIC borrower barcode and PIN #. Contact the PIC for help.

Forty Percent or More of Youths Admitted to U.S. Hospitals for Alcohol or Drug Dependence Do Not Receive Treatment During Their Stay

Source: CESAR Fax, 15(49), 12/11/2006

Forty percent or more of the youths ages 20 or younger admitted to U.S. hospitals for substance dependence or related psychoses in 2000 had no documentation of receiving alcohol or drug treatment during their stay, according to an analysis of data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Read the complete Cesar Fax overview.

December Focus : Drunk and Drugged Driving

Catch A Ride LogoSince 1981, every December has been proclaimed as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. Reducing the incidence of impaired driving requires a comprehensive approach, while recognizing that every community faces different challenges.

A program planner, which contains sample public-service announcements, media tool kits, and program guidance for 3D Month, is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at

Below is a selection of the resources available from the PIC and on the Web that address this broad topic. Please feel free to contact the PIC for further information on these or other items available for loan through the library.

Impaired Driving Fact Sheet– CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Quick Facts About Drunk and Drugged Driving – CDC NCIPC

Click here to search the library catalog for books.

Click here to browse videos in the Impaired Driving section.

FREE from the PIC Clearinghouse
Colorado residents can order free materials concerned with the physical effects of alcohol tobacco and other drug abuse from the online PIC Clearinghouse store.

Nearly Half of all Patients in Treatment for Both Alcohol and Drugs

Source: SAMHSA Advisory, 11/29/06

The proportion of patients in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse made up nearly half of all clients (47 percent) according to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS): 2005, released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The survey showed that on March 31, 2005, 1.08 million people were enrolled in substance abuse treatment, an 8 percent increase from 1 million in 2000. Of them, 34 percent were in treatment for drug abuse only, up from 29 percent in 2000. In contrast, clients enrolled in treatment only for alcohol abuse declined from 23 percent in 2000 to 19 percent in 2005.

Click here for the complete SAMHSA Advisory
Click here for the N-SSATS 2005 Survey