Evidence-based program Can Help Prevent Addiction Risk for Kids

Evidence-based program Can Help Prevent Addiction Risk for Kids
We all remember public anti-drug programs like D.A.R.E or “Just Say No”. Well, research shows that programs like these were largely ineffective and did little to curb drug use by children deemed to be at highest risk. A recent article in the New York Times pointed to a new anti-drug program being tested around the world. And the program, called Preventure, “recognizes how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use — and that different traits create different pathways to addiction,” according to the article. Preventure’s personality testing programs focus on four risky traits: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness. The program recognizes how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use — and that different traits create different pathways to addiction. According to the article, early trials show that personality testing can identify 90 percent of the highest risk children, targeting risky traits...
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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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SPOTLIGHT: Mineola, NY Affiliate’s Student Assistance Program

SPOTLIGHT: Mineola, NY Affiliate’s Student Assistance Program
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) offers a Student Assistance Program (SAP) which is a comprehensive agency-school based collaborative effort designed to educate students about the current drug crisis and teach new and healthier coping skills in order to support successful learning and development. The program has two goals: To combat the public health crisis of substance use among young people on Long Island. LICADD provides unique and specialized education and support services that empower students, parents, faculty and professionals to combat the public health crisis of substance use, specifically among young people on Long Island. To promote wellness and teach healthy coping skills. The LICADD SAP works to promote wellness by teaching stress management, healthy coping skills, mindfulness, decision-making skills through collaborative education, prevention and intervention services. The program provides psychoeducation, prevention, early identification, family intervention, referrals and support groups for students impacted by the...
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Survey Suggests Medical Students May be at Risk for Alcohol Abuse

Survey Suggests Medical Students May be at Risk for Alcohol Abuse
A new survey finds medical students have double the rate of alcohol abuse or dependence, compared with surgeons, U.S. physicians or the general public, HealthDay reports. The researchers cite burnout and school debts as possible factors. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic contacted 12,500 medical students. Of the one-third who responded, approximately 1,400 said they experienced clinical alcohol abuse or dependence. That translates to about one-third of respondents, compared with 16 percent of peers who are not medical school students. The findings appear in the journal Academic Medicine . “Our findings clearly show there is reason for concern,” study senior author Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye said in a news release. “We recommend institutions pursue a multifaceted solution to address related issues with burnout, the cost of medical education and alcohol abuse.” The study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between being a medical school student and an increased risk of alcohol problems,...
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A Child’s First Eight Years Critical for Substance Abuse Prevention

A Child’s First Eight Years Critical for Substance Abuse Prevention
NIH releases summary of research on early childhood risk and protective factors An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth. “Thanks to more than three decades of research into what makes a young child able to cope with life’s inevitable stresses, we now have unique opportunities to intervene very early in life to prevent substance use disorders,” said NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D. “We now know that early intervention can set the stage...
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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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Senate Passes CARA!

Senate Passes CARA!
Today the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addictions and Recovery Act (S.524). The legislation, known as CARA, passed with an overwhelming bi-partisan vote of 94-1 in the first stand-alone bill to pass the Senate in years. The legislation authorizes much-needed funding for evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery programs to help Americans struggling with addiction to heroin or other opioids, and now moves on to the House for its consideration. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) praises the Senate for its approval of CARA, and we thank Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Rob Portman, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Chuck Grassley, and Senator Patrick Leahy for helping to advance this important legislation. CARA authorizes $600 million for grants to address the national prescription, opioid and heroin addiction epidemics. Authorized funds could be used for treatment and recovery services, alternatives to prison for nonviolent offenders, law enforcement initiatives and...
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Senate Blocks $600 Million in Additional Funding for Bill Aimed at Combating Addiction

Senate Blocks $600 Million in Additional Funding for Bill Aimed at Combating Addiction
The Senate voted against an amendment to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) that would have added $600 million in funding. The bill would increase addiction treatment and prevention. The amendment was sponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a Democrat. Senate Democrats said they will not block the legislation over funding, The Washington Post reports. Senate Republicans argue that there are potentially hundreds of millions available for CARA as part of the omnibus spending bill passed in late 2015, The Hill reports. Five Republicans voted along with Democrats on Wednesday for the additional funding for CARA. The Act is sponsored by Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a Democrat, and Rob Portman of Ohio, a Republican. The bill has bipartisan support and would expand prescription drug take-back programs and establish monitoring to prevent over-prescribing of opioid painkillers. It would expand the availability of medication-assisted treatment, including in criminal...
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Massachusetts Dental Schools Will Train Students in Opioid Abuse Prevention

Massachusetts Dental Schools Will Train Students in Opioid Abuse Prevention
Dental schools in Massachusetts have agreed to begin training their students in opioid abuse prevention and management, WBUR reports. The state already has reached similar agreements with the heads of the state’s medical schools. “The fact is that over 80 percent of those prescriptions which are diverted or misused comes from prescriptions written by physicians and dentists,” said Dr. David Keith, a Massachusetts General Hospital oral surgeon who is also on the faculty at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He said the agreement is a unique opportunity for the dental schools and the Massachusetts Dental Society to “come together to educate our dentists and advanced dental trainees in the correct prescribing of opioids,” including alternative pain management techniques and proper referral practices to other disciplines. The agreement between Governor Charlie Baker, the deans of the state’s dental schools, and the Massachusetts Dental Society will cover the 1,800 undergraduates and...
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