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June Round Up: News and New in the PIC

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June News at a Glance

National Drunk Driving Crackdown : 8/15-9/1/2008

Source: MMWR Weekly, 8/8/2008, 57(31);854

In 2006, a total of 13,470 persons died in motor vehicle collisions in which at least one driver had a blood alcohol concentration of >0.08 g/dL, the level at which adults may not legally drive in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 32% of motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States during 2006 (1).

“Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest,” a national safe-driving enforcement campaign coordinated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is scheduled for August 15–September 1, 2008. The campaign combines high-visibility enforcement of laws against alcohol-impaired driving with advertising and publicity to heighten public awareness about the risks of alcohol-impaired driving. A program planner, sample public-service announcements, media tool kits, and program guidance materials are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.stopimpaireddriving.org/tools-campaignheadquarters.htm. Additional information on preventing motor-vehicle–related injuries is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/mvsafety.htm.

Reference 1.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts, 2006 data: alcohol-impaired driving. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 2008. Available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pubs/810801.pdf.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Source: NCADI web site

To recognize the serious problem of alcohol abuse, April is designated “Alcohol Awareness Month.” April 8 marks the annual observance of National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD). At locations across the United States, people can be screened—anonymously—to see if their drinking habits may be risky.
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If you suspect that you might have a drinking problem, or you know someone who abuses alcohol, please contact SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686 or find a screening site located near you.

Visit NCADI’s Alcohol Awareness page.
Visit the PIC homepage for suggested resources and links related to Alcohol Awareness Month.

Report: Schools Can’t, Shouldn’t Shoulder Prevention Burden

Source: Jointogether.org News Feature, 9/17/07
Most American kids receive some drug education in the classroom, but a new report contends that schools should not be relied upon to prevent early use of alcohol and other drugs and its consequences.

The report, “Prevention Education in America’s Schools: Findings and Recommendations from a Survey of Educators,” noted that 37 states require schools to teach students about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. However, “Teachers don’t have the time, training or other resources needed to do the job effectively, regardless of what the state-mandated standards say,” according to the report by Join Together and Communitas Online.

For example, the report noted that 26 percent of educators who actively teach prevention in the classroom said they have had no training to do so.

Read the News article here.
Access the full report here.

First Time Users of Pain Relievers Continue to Surpass All Other Drugs; Number of New Ecstasy and Stimulant Users Increases

Source: CESARFax, 9/17/2007

More than 2.1 million persons ages 12 or older used prescription-type pain relievers for the first time in 2006,according to recently released data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). While the number of new users of pain relievers has been decreasing since 2003, it continues to be the drug category with the largest number of new initiates since surpassing marijuana in 2002. The number of first-time marijuana users has declined significantly, from nearly 3.0million in in 2000 to slightly more than 2.0 million in 2006. Other recent changes in the initiation of illicit drugs include increases in the number of first time ecstasy users (from 615,000 in 2005 to 860,000 in 2006) and in the number of first-time nonmedical users of prescription-type stimulants*(from 647,000 to 845,000). Previous research has found that changes in initiation levels “are often leading indicators of emerging patterns of substance use”(p. 49).

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NIAAA Identifies Five Subtypes of Alcohol Dependence

Source: JoinTogether.com News Summary, 6/29/07
For the first time, federal researchers have broken down the disease of alcoholism into five distinct subtypes, which experts say should help provide more targeted treatment for problem drinkers.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reported June 28 that the five new subtypes include “Young Adult,” “Young Antisocial,” “Functional,” “Intermediate Familial,” and “Chronic Severe.”

Read the NIH News Release.