Online Resource: Rethinking Drinking

Source:, Resources, 3/20/2009

Rethinking Drinking

This website and booklet from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides evidence-based information and interactive tools about risky drinking patterns, signs of an alcohol problem, and ways to help people cut back or quit drinking.

Publication Year: 2009


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9304
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-443-3885

New NSDUH Report : Trends in Adolescent Inhalant Use: 2002 to 2007

Source :Trends in Adolescent Inhalant Use: 2002 to 2007, 03/16/2009

In Brief

  • The percentage of adolescents (i.e., youths aged 12 to 17) who used inhalants in the past year was lower in 2007 (3.9 percent) than in 2003, 2004, and 2005 (4.5, 4.6, and 4.5 percent, respectively)
  • Among adolescents who used inhalants for the first time in the past year (i.e., past year initiates), the rate of use of nitrous oxide or “whippits” declined between 2002 and 2007 among both genders (males: 40.2 to 20.2 percent; females: 22.3 to 12.2 percent)
  • In 2007, 17.2 percent of adolescents who initiated illicit drug use during the past year indicated that inhalants were the first drug that they used; this rate remained relatively stable between 2002 and 2007

To access the complete new NSDUH Report on inhalants visit:

Announcing TWO Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Colorado Districts/Regions to Support Tobacco Prevention and Coordinated School Health

Free regional trainings will be held in April to prepare Colorado school districts, regions, and BOCES for the two anticipated funding opportunities supporting Tobacco Prevention and Coordinated School Health. School district and BOCES staff are highly encouraged to attend the trainings to learn more about the funding opportunities and to build their grant writing skills.

Go to to learn more and to register for the trainings.

  • Pueblo – Monday, April 6th
  • Grand Junction – Wednesday, April 8th
  • Denver – Monday, April 13th
  • Ft. Collins – Tuesday, April 14th

All trainings are from 12:30pm-4:30pm

Materials from the trainings will be posted on by April 15th.

Applications for schools will be posted online in August 2009. School-level grants will address tobacco prevention using the Coordinated School Health model.

Free Resources Available to Help Commemorate National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week

Source: ANTI-DRUG UPDATE, 3/16/09

Many children start huffing, sniffing, dusting, or bagging – slang terms that are often used – inhalants because they are inexpensive, widely available, and legal. But most of them don’t fully understand the dire consequences associated with inhalant use, including sudden sniffing death syndrome, a condition where the heart begins to overwork, beating quickly and unevenly, which can lead to cardiac arrest and death, even the first time a child inhales.

Many of the substances used by teens to inhale are usually found in the home and can range from paint and nail polish remover to deodorant, rubber cement, gasoline, and even cooking spray.Parents should be on the lookout for some of the common signs and symptoms of abuse, such as unusual breath odor or chemical odor on clothing; spots and/or sores around the mouth; nausea and/or loss of appetite; slurred or disoriented speech; or red or runny eyes or nose.

Throughout the year – and especially during National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week – please remind parents that there is a wealth of information available to them free of charge.  Information about inhalants is available on the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign’s parent Web site,, at  Conversation starters, to help parents talk to their teens about often uncomfortable topics, can be found at  Finally, teens in your communities who need a reality check should be encouraged to visit

About National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week:

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC) developed the National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week (NIPAW), an annual media-based, community-level program that takes place the third week in March.  NIPAW is designed to increase understanding about the use and risks of inhalant involvement.  It is an inclusive program that involves youth, schools, media, police departments, health organizations, civics groups and more.  It has proven to be an effective means of mobilizing communities to reduce inhalant use.  For more information about NIPC, please visit

Kerlikowske to Head ONDCP, But Will Not Serve in Obama Cabinet

Source Jointogether News Feature, 3/11/09

Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has been officially announced as President Barack Obama’s “drug czar” by the White House, but unlike his recent predecessors, he will not serve as a member of the president’s Cabinet.

“With escalating violence along our Southwest border and far too many suffering from the disease of addiction here at home, never has it been more important to have a national drug control strategy guided by sound principles of public safety and public health,” said Obama in a March 11 press release. “We must demonstrate to our international partners, the criminal organizations threatening to undermine stability and the rule of law in those nations, and the American people, that we take seriously our responsibility to reduce drug use in the United States. Gil Kerlikowske has the expertise, the experience, and the sound judgment to lead our national efforts against drug trafficking and use, and he will make an excellent addition to my administration.”

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Marijuana, Inhalants, and Prescription Drugs Are Top Three Substances Abused by Teens

Source: CESAR Fax, 18:9, 03-09-09

More teens report abusing prescription drugs and inhalants than any illicit drug except marijuana, according to data from the recently released Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS). Marijuana continues to be the most prevalent drug used among this population, with nearly one-third of teens reporting having ever tried marijuana in their lifetime. The next two most prevalent substances abused, however, are substances that are not illegal when used as directed, and are often readily available in teens’ households. Nearly one in five (an estimated 4.7 million) teens have ever abused inhalants and the same number report abusing prescription drugs. In addition, 10% of teens (an estimated 2.5 million) have ever abused over-the-counter cough medicines—approximately the same percentage who have ever used crack/cocaine or ecstasy (see figure below). Perceived risk and availability may help explain the prevalence of prescription drug abuse—41% of teens thought that prescription drugs are much safer to use than illegal drugs and 61% reported that prescription drugs are easier to get than illegal drugs (data not shown).

picture-11NOTES: Abuse of inhalants and OTC cough medicine is defined as using the substance to get high. Abuse of prescription drugs is defined as use without a doctor’s prescription. The margin of error is +/-1.3%.

SOURCE: Adapted by CESAR from The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS): Teens 2008 Report, 2009. Available online at For more information, contact the Partnership at 212-922-1560.

Rethinking Drinking Offers Tools to Assess and Change Risky Drinking Habits

Source: NIH News, 03/09/09

A new Web site and booklet from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) could help many people reduce their risk for alcohol problems. Called Rethinking Drinking, the new materials present evidence-based information about risky drinking patterns, the alcohol content of drinks, and the signs of an alcohol problem, along with information about medications and other resources to help people who choose to cut back or quit drinking. The Web site — — also features interactive tools, such as calculators for measuring alcohol calories and drink sizes. NIAAA is part of the National Institutes of Health.


“We know that many heavy drinkers are able to change on their own,” explains Mark Willenbring, M.D., director of NIAAA’s Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. “Rethinking Drinking is a convenient, low-cost way to provide the required information and tools for those able to change before they develop symptoms. People who have more severe alcohol involvement will require professional help, and starting with Rethinking Drinking may help them make the decision to seek help at an earlier stage in the disease process. We think Rethinking Drinking will be used in many different settings, such as doctor’s offices, colleges, workplaces, the criminal justice system and pastoral counseling.”

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Copies of the Rethinking Drinking booklet can be downloaded from the Rethinking Drinking Web site (, or ordered from NIAAA by phone at: 301-443-3860.