Launch of

Source: Harvard School of Public Health Press release on PR Newswire, 1/22/07
“On Jan. 24, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Health and with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched the Web site”  The site identifies indicators for “diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups.” Data profiles are available for the following Colorado areas: Boulder–Longmont, Colorado Springs. Denver, Fort Collins–Loveland, Grand Junction, Greeley and Pueblo.

The launch is accompanied by the release of the online report “Children Left Behind: How Metropolitan Areas Are Failing American Children,” which examines the well-being of children in 100 of the largetst metropolitan regions.

PIC web site survey – PLEASE HELP

During the month of January, we are giving away two $50 gift cards for completing a 3-5 minute online survey. Your responses are very important to us and will be used to improve the PIC website.

January 2007: New Titles

Click here to see all items that have been newly acquired and added to the PIC collection.  Visit the Library Catalog to view more titles or to place requests and holds.  Selected additions include:

January Focus : Children of Alcoholics

COA Week logoChildren of Alcoholics Week 2006 is from Sunday, February 12, through Saturday, February 18. Sponsored by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), the theme of this public awareness campaign, “A Celebration of Hope and Healing,” offers the potential for resilience in children of alcoholics if caring adults support the well-being of all children, but especially those who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction in their families.

An estimated 1 in 4 U.S. children is exposed to a family alcohol problem, and countless others are affected by familial drug abuse. These young people are at increased risk of a range of problems, including physical illness, emotional disturbances, behavior problems, lower educational performance, and susceptibility to alcoholism or other addiction later in life.

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.

Al-anon and Alateen
Coping with an Alcoholic Parent
(Nemours Foundation)
Does Your Mom or Dad Drink Too Much? (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Click here to search the library catalog for books. (48 titles)

Click here to browse videos on underage drinking. (106 titles)

FREE from the PIC Clearinghouse
Colorado residents can order free materials concerned with alcohol from the online PIC Clearinghouse store by clicking on the April Focus category.

Free from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
Order Children of Alcoholics Week materials

Painkiller Use Among High School Seniors

Source: CESAR Fax, 1/15/07, 16:2
While marijuana continues to be the most prevalent illicit drug used among U.S. high school seniors, the nonmedical use of narcotic drugs is the second most prevalent drug used among this population, according to data from the national 2006 Monitoring the Future study. Nearly one in ten twelfth grade students reported using prescription-type narcotic drugs, such as Vicodin®(9.7%) and OxyContin®(4.3%), in the past year without a doctor’s order. Other drugs used by more than 5% of 12thgraders include amphetamines*(8.1%), over-the-counter cough or cold medicines**(6.9%), tranquilizers (6.6%), sedatives (6.6%), and cocaine (5.7%).
Read entire CESAR FAx article : Nonmedical Use of Narcotic Drugs Such as Vicodin® and OxyContin® More Prevalent Among U.S. High School Seniors Than Any Illicitly Used Drug Except Marijuana

Bill Signed To Prevent Underage Drinking

NCJRS Justice Information, 1/15/2006, 13:2
Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (the STOP Act) establishes a federal coordinating committee to prevent underage drinking and authorizes a national media campaign, new grant programs, and research to combat underage drinking. (OJJDP)
View text of H.R. 864 [109th]: Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act

New Report Provides Snapshot of Substance Use Within 15 Largest U.S Metropolitan Areas

Source: SAMHSA Advisory, 1/5/2007
The two U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest rates of past month illicit drug use are San Francisco (12.7 percent) and Detroit (9.5 percent) while the national average was 8.1 percent, says a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Chicago (25.7 percent) and Houston (25.6 percent) had higher rates of binge drinking than the national average (22.7 percent), and Detroit was the only metropolitan statistical area with a past month cigarette use rate that was higher than the national average (25.3 percent). The NSDUH Report: Substance Use in the 15 Largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas: 2002-2005 compares estimates for illicit drug use, binge alcohol use, and cigarette use for the nation as a whole with the same behaviors in the 15 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).
View the report: Substance Use in the 15 Largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas: 2002-2005.