Report Shows Less Underage Drinking & Smoking, Overall Substance Use and Mental Illness Levels Remain Constant

Report Shows Less Underage Drinking & Smoking, Overall Substance Use and Mental Illness Levels Remain Constant
Some forms of substance use, such as adolescent (aged 12 to 17) underage drinking and alcohol use among young adults (aged 18 to 25), continued to drop according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) latest (2015) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report. Other substance use levels among youth and young adults, including marijuana and heroin use, remained relatively stable over the past few years. The report also finds that mental illness levels among adults aged 26 and older generally remain steady, but there is a slight rise in the levels of major depressive episodes among adolescents and young adults. SAMHSA issued its 2015 NSDUH report on key substance use and mental health indicators as part of the 27th annual observance of National Recovery Month. Recovery Month expands public awareness that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment for substance use and...
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SPOTLIGHT: Tarrytown, NY Affiliate’s Adolescent Impaired Driving Prevention Program

SPOTLIGHT: Tarrytown, NY Affiliate’s Adolescent Impaired Driving Prevention Program
Student Assistance Services Corp, an NCADD Affiliate located in Tarrytown NY, and servicing all of Westchester County, implements the ROADD (Reduce Our Adolescent Drinking/Drugging and Driving) Program. ROADD is an educational program aimed at preventing alcohol and other drug impaired driving among high school students. It is funded by the Westchester County Office of Drug Prevention and STOP-DWI, which in turn receives monies from the fines paid by convicted drunk drivers. The ROADD Program is free to participating public, private, and parochial schools in Westchester County. It is provided for two years at a school and then is offered to other schools on a rotating basis. Students receive six class sessions conducted by a ROADD Health Educator. The classes consist primarily of sophomores and juniors, and are usually delivered through the school's health class, or another appropriate subject. Class sessions are designed to be student centered and skills based, incorporating...
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Studies Suggest Parents Can Play Important Role in Preventing Teen Drinking

Studies Suggest Parents Can Play Important Role in Preventing Teen Drinking
Two new studies suggest parents can play an important role in preventing teens from drinking, NPR reports. One study in the journal Prevention Science finds parents who set effective and strict alcohol-related rules, while maintaining a warm and supportive family environment, reduce the risk of binge drinking in their teens. In the second study in the same journal, children who participated in a five-month, home-based alcohol prevention program while they were in third grade were significantly less likely to drink when they were in seventh grade, compared with children who were not in the program. In the first study, researchers at Claremont Graduate University looked at data from a long-term study that followed more than 9,400 teens from 1994-1995 through 2008, when participants were in their 20s or early 30s. The teens’ parents were interviewed in the first year of the study. The researchers found teens were more likely to...
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Teen Girls Start Drinking Before Their Male Peers

Teen Girls Start Drinking Before Their Male Peers
A new study finds teenage girls start drinking before their male peers, even though most strategies to reduce underage drinking are aimed at boys. Researchers at Michigan State University analyzed data of about 390,000 teens and young adults, ages 12 to 24, who took part in government surveys on drug use and health. They found in the middle teenage years, girls are more likely than boys to start drinking. After age 19, males drink more than females, HealthDay reports. “This new evidence from the United States shows that the so-called ‘gender gap’ in risk of becoming a drinker has narrowed to the point of there being no gap at all,” the researchers wrote in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research . “We really don’t know why girls are surpassing boys — that’s the next question we want to answer,” said lead researcher Dr. Hui Cheng. She noted that drinking...
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New Tool Helps Colleges Select Best Alcohol Prevention Programs for Their Needs

New Tool Helps Colleges Select Best Alcohol Prevention Programs for Their Needs
A new online tool introduced this school year is helping colleges compare and choose interventions to address harmful and underage student drinking. CollegeAIM—the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix—helps administrators find programs that are effective and fit into their budget, says Jason Kilmer, PhD of the University of Washington, who helped to develop the resource. CollegeAIM is the product of a multi-year collaboration with 16 college alcohol researchers with a range of expertise who developed and reviewed decades of scientific literature, and presents comprehensive and complicated information in a quick and convenient way through two accessible and easy-to-use matrices. It is also available in print form. Dr. Kilmer spoke about CollegeAIM, developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), at the recent Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 26th National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. The need for a tool to help colleges combat college drinking is clear. According...
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