Prevention Health Communications News, from Colorado DBH

Source: In The News, 10/15/09

Please see the attached PDF for the latest edition of “In the News”.

In the News is a weekly collection of Mental Health, Alcohol and Substance Abuse prevention articles, announcements, press releases, and publications that you can look forward to receiving every Thursday.

The formatting consist of hyper linked titles (plus date and source) placed in easy to skim categories.

Categories in this issue:

  • General Community
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Substances (Other Drugs)
  • Violence
  • Cultural/Linguistic Competence
  • Briefs, Reports, and Publications
  • Recommendations/Strategies/Tools
  • Health Communication/Promotion/Marketing
  • Funding
  • Events

Click here to Read: In the News, 10/15/09

COPS Guide Addresses Bullying in Schools

Source: OJJJDP JuvJust, 7/15/09

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has published “Bullying in Schools.”

Part of COPS’ Problem- Specific Guide Series, the guide provides police with information about the causes and extent of bullying in schools and includes recommendations for developing practices and policies that promote student safety.


“Bullying in Schools” is available at eDetail.aspx?RID=18.

The Olweus Program, and works by Dan Olweus are available for loan at the PIC as part of the new Evidence-Based Interventions Collection.  Click here to view Olweus items in the catalog.

Funding Opportunity: Announcing Healthy Schools Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Center, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are pleased to announce Healthy Schools Colorado, a three-year grant opportunity. Healthy Schools Colorado will fund five large Colorado school districts or regions to support the implementation of the Coordinated School Health Model in schools and to support district policy efforts that focus on the following specific, measurable outcomes of the Colorado Health Foundation:

  • Increase number of children who engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity.
  • Increase number of children who eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Increase number of children who receive healthy meals at school and have access to healthy vending choices.
  • Increase number of children who receive evidence-based care for chronic disease and who can self-manage their chronic disease.

For more information and to download the District/Region Request for Application (RFA) and supporting materials, go to

The RFA is due by June 5, 2009, at 4:00 pm.

Methamphetamine Cost Society an Estimated $23.4 Billion in 2005: Majority of Costs Related to Addiction, Premature Death, Crime, and Criminal Justice

Source CESARfax, 18:6, 4/27/09

Methamphetamine cost the United States an estimated $23.4 billion in 2005, according to the first national estimate of the economic burden of meth use. The majority (71%) of these costs—an estimated $16.6 billionwere related to the “intangible burden that addiction places on dependent users and to premature mortality”(p. xiii). The costs associated with processing offenders for the possession and sale of meth, meth-induced violent and property crimes, and parole and probation violations for meth offenses represent 18%, or an estimated $4.2 billion, of the total costs. Other costs associated with methamphetamine use include child endangerment, lost productivity, drug treatment, health care, and harms resulting from production. According to the authors, “it is probably not the recreational meth user who imposes the greatest burden on our society, but rather those who become addicted, engage in crime, need treatment or emergency assistance, cannot show up for work, lose their jobs, or die prematurely”(p. xvi). It should be noted that indicators show that methamphetamine use has been declining in recent years, after peaking in 2005 (see CESAR FAX, Volume 18, Issue 13). 

Social Costs of Methamphetamine in the United States, 2005*The estimate of the cost of methamphetamine addiction is based on the number of people dependent on the drug and the monetary value of the lost quality of life, measured by a reduction in quality-adjusted life-years.

NOTE: The authors acknowledge that many of the estimates are “subject to substantial uncertainty”so they provide lower-and upper-bound estimates, as well as “best estimates,”for each component. For example, they estimate the total economic burden of methamphetamine to be in the range of $16.2 billion to$48.3 billion, with $23.4 billion being the best estimate. Data presented are the best estimates.

SOURCE: Adapted by CESAR from Nicosia, N., Pacula, R.L., Kilmer, B., Lundberg, R., and Chiesa, J., The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine Use in the United States, 2005. Drug Policy Research Center, RAND Corporation, 2009. Available online at

New CDC Materials Regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Source:  MMWR Weekly, 4/24/2009, 58(15);403

April has been designated Alcohol Awareness Month in the United States to call attention to the problem of alcohol abuse and alcohol-related issues. Alcohol awareness is particularly important for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Prenatal alcohol exposure is one of the leading preventable causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities. Effective strategies are needed to 1) identify women at risk and intervene and 2) diagnose and treat children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

CDC has developed new materials that can guide in the identification, prevention, and management of FASDs. These products include a curriculum development guide for use with health-care students and practitioners and recommendations from the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect on promoting and improving strategies to 1) reduce alcohol use and alcohol-exposed pregnancies and 2) improve early identification, diagnostic services, and research on interventions for children with FASDs and their families. These new materials are available at

NIDA Launches Drug Use Screening Tools for Physicians

Source: NIH News, 4/21/2009

NIDAMED Helps Doctors Provide the Best in Medical Care

Washington, D.C. – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today unveiled its first comprehensive Physicians’ Outreach Initiative, NIDAMED, which gives medical professionals tools and resources to screen their patients for tobacco, alcohol, illicit, and nonmedical prescription drug use. The NIDAMED resources include an online screening tool, a companion quick reference guide, and a comprehensive resource guide for clinicians. The initiative stresses the importance of the patient-doctor relationship in identifying unhealthy behaviors before they evolve into life threatening conditions. 


NIDAMED’s screening tool was adapted from the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST), developed, validated, and published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective screening tool for identifying substance use. NIDA-modified ASSIST tools are specifically designed to fit into today’s busy clinical practices. Doctors can access the new tools at by clicking on the NIDAMED icon.


NIDAMED was unveiled in conjunction with NIDA’s recently updated Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment: A Research Based Guide. This publication summarizes the 13 evidence-based principles of effective treatment, answers common questions, and describes types of treatment, providing examples of scientifically based and tested treatment components. The principles are based on three decades of scientific research and clinical practice that have yielded a variety of effective approaches to drug addiction treatment.

More information on all NIDAMED products and the Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment: A Research Based Guide can be found at

Click here to read this press release in its entirety.

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.