Acting Surgeon General Issues National Call to Action on Underage Drinking

Source: USDHHS News Release, 3/7/2007
In its first Call to Action against underage drinking, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office appealed today to Americans to do more to stop America’s 11 million current underage drinkers from using alcohol, and to keep other young people from starting.
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Although there has been a significant decline in tobacco and illicit drug use among teens, underage drinking has remained at consistently high levels. The 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates there are 11 million underage drinkers in the United States. Nearly 7.2 million are considered binge drinkers, typically meaning they drank more than five drinks on occasion, and more than two million are classified as heavy drinkers.

Developed in collaboration with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Call to Action identifies six goals.

SAMHSA Launches Searchable Database of Evidence-Based Practices

Source: SAMHSA News Release, 3/1/2007
The new National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) debuted online March 1, 2007, greatly expanding the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s efforts to help local organizations make informed decisions about evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.

NREPP (http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov) is a searchable database with up-to-date, reliable information on the scientific basis and practicality of interventions. Users, such as community organizations and state and local officials can perform custom searches to identify specific interventions based upon desired outcomes, target populations and service settings.