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Family Anonymous- For relatives and friends concerned about the use of drugs or related behavioral problems.

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works

The report includes state-by-state youth drug overdose death rates and rankings, and a report card for how well states scored on 10 key indicators of leading evidence-based policies and programs that can improve the wellbeing of children and youth and have been connected with preventing and reducing substance - alcohol, tobacco or other drugs - misuse.  The report is supported by a grant from the Conrad Hilton Foundation.

May 2012 Newsletter-Chatting up summer safety with Teens

May 2012 PRC Newsletter


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Underage Drinking and Memorial Day


There is a direct correlation between underage drinking and trips to the hospital emergency room during Memorial Day weekend. In a report from Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) shows that hospital emergency room visits related to underage drinking rise by 11 percent over Memorial Day weekend.


The DAWN report also found that people under age 21 who combine alcohol and illegal drugs are 27 percent more likely to visit hospital emergency rooms over the Memorial Day holiday weekend compared to an average day. On an average, there are 199 such visits per day during the holiday weekend vs. 156 visits on other days, the report said.


The DAWN report was developed by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


"Underage drinking poses an enormous public health risk - approximately 5,000 people die each year from alcohol-related injuries connected to underage drinking," SAMHSA administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in an agency news release. "Moreover, studies have shown that children who begin drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol problems than people who start drinking after they reach age 21."


The SAMHSA report is based on statistics from 2008.



Spings is an exciting time for teens. It is the season for proms and graduations, the school year is ending, and summer vacation is just around the corner.

That's why the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been dubbed by AAA and Volvo as "The 100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers.


On an average day in the USA, more than 11 teens die in crashes. In 2010, the four deadliest months for teen crash deaths, in order, were August, July, May and June, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance trade group.


Parents should not take anything for granted, make no assumptions and expect the unexpected when it comes to their teens' driving behaviors. This is a crucial time for education, awareness, and smart decision making. Allstate Foundation suggests signing a PARENT-TEEN DRIVING CONTRACT: an agreement between teens and their parents, stating that they will abide by ten safe driving practices to promote responsible driving and the consequences for not abiding by them:

  • Practice as much as possible
  • Always wear seatbelts - driver and all passengers
  • Limit number of passengers
  • Never drink and drive
  • Obey speed limits and all other posted signs, signals and markings
  • Limit night-time driving
  • Do not use cell phone for talking or text messaging
  • Avoid distractions - no eating, drinking, adjusting the radio or climate controls
  • Drive a safe vehicle
  • Drive with the right attitude





  The first 6 weeks of freshman year at college is an especially vulnerable time for heavy drinking and alcohol related consequences because of student expectations and social pressures at the start of the academic year


Although the majority of students come to college already having some experience with alcohol, certain aspects of college life, such as unstructured time, the widespread availability of alcohol, inconsistent enforcement of underage drinking laws, and limited interactions with parents and other adults, can intensify the problem. In fact, college students have higher binge-drinking rates and a higher incidence of drunk driving than their non-college peers.


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Time Restrictions on TV

Efforts to reduce underage exposure to alcohol advertising by implementing time restrictions have not worked, according to new research from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy. The report, published in the Journal of Public Affairs, confirms what Dutch researchers had already learned in that country: time restrictions on alcohol advertising actually increase teen exposure, because companies move the advertising to late night.

Exposure of African-American Youth to Alcohol Advertising, 2008 and 2009

African-American Youth Exposed to More Magazine and Television Alcohol Advertising than Youth in General
Alcohol is the most widely used drug among African-American youth

Medicine Abuse Project

We can all play a role in ending medicine abuse.  By working together, parents and grandparents, health care providers,  community leaders and educators can truly make a difference.

Surgeon General Initiatives

The National Prevention Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The National Prevention Strategy was released on June 16, 2011 by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.

State Estimates of Underage Alcohol Use Self-Purchase of Alcohol

Alcohol use constitutes one of the most serious public health issues
for young people in the United States, creating negative health, social, and economic consequences for adolescents, their families, communities, and the Nation as a whole.





Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors that users intentionally inhale because of the chemicals' mind-altering effects. The substances inhaled are often common household products that contain volatile solvents, aerosols, or gases.

Prevention Tactics - Evidence-Based Approaches for Substance Abuse Prevention

A Paradigm Shift in Selecting Evidence-Based Approaches for Substance Abuse Prevention

This Prevention Tactic will:

• review the recent history behind the designation of “evidence-based” to describe prevention approaches;

• review the recent history behind the designation of “evidence-based” to describe prevention approaches;

• examine the evolution of the use of evidencebased in the National Registry of Effective Programs & Practices (NREPP);

• explore how the recent changes to NREPP have impacted the process that providers use to select interventions to meet the needs of the community they serve; and

• describe, compare, and contrast the three categories of evidence-based interventions required by the Strategic Prevention Frame

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