Friday, December 18, 2009
1. Juvenile Justice (in orange)
2. Self/Family (in pink)
Source: Office of Applied Studies 1992-2007 Treatment Episode Data Set, SAMHSA
Slide from Michael Dennis, PhD for a presentation for the SAPISP providers at the Puget Sound Educational Service District.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
2008 Roosevelt High School (local) current alcohol use rates compared to the state:
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
In terms of marijuana prevention, Dr. Embry talked about ensuring that adolescents get a good night's sleep; encouraging parents to talk to their children and the families of their children's friends about not using drugs; and providing a balanced diet to feed the brain.
Thanks to Committee for Children for hosting the meeting!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Here in Washington, Attorney General Rob McKenna applauded the FDA's action. "Alcohol plus caffeine equals a serious health threat, especially for young people," he said. "The jolt of caffeine or other stimulants mask the feeling of intoxication. Health professionals say that leads to more risk-taking behavior, traffic accidents, violence, sexual assault, and suicide."
Concerned about the combination of energy drinks and alcohol, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has approved a policy which prohibits any references to combining energy drinks with alcohol on point-of-sale materials in their state stores. In their letter to suppliers they state, " . . . there are an increasing number of scientific studies that have shown the dangerous effects of mixing alcohol with energy drinks. While alcohol is a depressant, energy drinks are stimulants. The net effect is that the consumer doesn't feel the effects of the alcohol, yet is just as impaired as they would be had they just consumed alcohol without the energy drink."
Thursday, December 10, 2009
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
St. Marks Cathedral, Bloedel Hall
1245 10th Avenue E, Seattle
Keynote: Susan Dreyfus, DSHS Secretary
Male Athletes Drink More, Smoke Less
Adolescent males who play team sports are less likely to smoke cigarettes or be depressed but are more likely to drink alcohol and get into fights, whereas sports participation generally reduces risk behavior among girls . . . Male athletes had binge drinking rates 40 percent higher than non-athletes . . .
Alcohol the Real Date-Rape Drug
Women who have lost control or consciousness due to excessive drinking have fueled what British researchers have termed the "urban legend" of drinks being spiked with so-called "date-rape" drugs.
Parents' Expectations Can Influence Risky Teen Behavior
The more parents expect their teens to engage in risky behaviors such as drinking and using drugs, the more likely their teens are to follow through with those behaviors.
Alcohol Abuse Costs New Mexico $2.5 Billion Annually
"Alcohol abuse is a major factor in many motor vehicle fatalities, but that is not the only place where it can cause injuries and death . . . Alcohol abuse can play a role in fires, falls, drug overdoses, drowning, and can contribute to violence such as child abuse, homicide, suicide, and personal assault."
NFL Seeks Limits on Tailgating to Curb Drinking
The NFL has adopted a "Fan Code of Conduct" in hopes of deterring behavior that league officials worry is scaring families away from games.
Some fans say the league is being hypocritical by trying to limit drinking in the parking lot while selling beer, wine, and liquor inside the stadium and taking millions in sponsorship money from alcoholic-beverage companies.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Eckstein Middle School
For more information email the coalition coordinator.
Meetings are open to everyone!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Our youth are the group most vulnerable, so our first order of business has to be doing whatever we can to prevent young people's initiation into drug use.
Our media campaign not only raises awareness of the drug problem, it helps reduce the demand for drugs. Research shows that teens exposed to the media campaign's messages, in addition to in-school prevention programs, are significantly less likely to smoke marijuana.
The importance of drug-prevention programs has long been recognized, and there is no shortage of prevention programs, on a small-scale.
A large body of research shows that if we could align and coordinate more of the individual, short-term prevention programs, we could create more powerful and effective "continuing prevention" systems . . . They should also bring to bear multiple sources of influence on adolescents, including parents, schools, police, faith communities, healthcare providers, peers, and other members of the community.
Uncoordinated prevention efforts are not the fault of those who provide prevention services . . . One of my priorities will be promoting blending funding streams among Federal agencies to encourage communities to prepare for and adopt comprehensive prevention programs . . .
Data source: 2008 Healthy Youth Survey of students grades 6-12 attending Eckstein Middle School, Roosevelt High School, and Nathan Hale High School. Thanks to Lauri Turkovsky at DBHR for creating them!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
After watching the forum, I couldn't help but think, once again, that it is a shame that none of the panelists talked about PREVENTION. They talked about the need for treatment but they didn't talk about how we can prevent addiction so that people don't end up in the justice system.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We have an amazing high energy group and I wanted you to be aware of their efforts in this area of public safety.
From "The Olympian" opinion page:
"The proposed rules eliminate such alcohol marketing from our smaller ball fields, such as where Little League teams play. Under these rules, the minimum distance these ads can be from schools, day cares, public parks, etc. is set at no less than 500 feet."
More coverage on KING5.com, "State considers curbing liquor ads"
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Eckstein Middle School library
Topic: How do northeast Seattle teenagers access drugs and alcohol?
Snacks will be served!
Everyone is welcome!
Friday, October 2, 2009
From Reuters: Pressures mount as binge-drinking hits Italy. Another article busting the myth that European countries don't have a youth drinking problem.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In a recent study, researchers examined the correlation between minimum legal age and rates of heavy drinking among college students in 22 countries. They concluded that a lower minimum drinking age is not a protective factor for decreasing heavy drinking among college students.
State Minimum Legal Drinking Age Laws and Impaired Driving Policies Save Lives, CADCA's September/October 2009 Research into Action paper.
A study finds more alcohol, drug abuse among those who could drink beer before 21.
Another study concludes that lowering the drinking age could affect the rate of unplanned pregnancies and pre-term births among young women.
So, if lowering the drinking age isn't the solution to teenage binge drinking, what is? Here are a two ideas:
Student Perceptions: Changing Perceptions Reduces Alcohol Misuse
Off-Campus Drinking Can be Curbed with Community's Help.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
-- The state's substance abuse and mental health services divisions are now integrated to become the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). Behavioral health is a term being widely used in the field to identify a holistic approach to treating mental, substance abuse, and gambling disorders.
-- DBHR is developing a plan to redesign its current service delivery system to a community-base model beginning July 1, 2010. The new system will be designed to focus prevention and early intervention services to have a greater impact on reducing community-level substance abuse.
-- The new Healthy Youth Survey website -- www.AskHYS.net -- is up and running and designed to make access to data from the survey much easier.
-- Page six is dedicated to information about efforts around the state having to do with reducing underage drinking. It includes a farewell to Roger Hoen who left the Liquor Control Board this year. He was a great advocate for prevention while serving on the board.
-- Page seven contains a very informative story about Party Intervention Patrols in Pierce County. Unfortunately, funding for similar programs in Seattle and King County has gone away.
The WASAVP (Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention) website has detailed information about the proposed limits on alcohol advertising.
You can let the LCB know that you support the proposed changes by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. When you do, please thank them for their commitment to public safety and reducing underage drinking by making these changes. For the change to the WAC (Washington Administrative Code) that prohibits advertising from being within 500-feet of schools, churches, playgrounds, and athletic fields, ask them to increase it to 1000-feet from the property line, not from the entrance.
While alcohol advertising is not the #1 factor contributing to underage drinking, it is a factor. In our efforts to prevent underage drinking, we need to consider all contributing factors in our communities. Advertising that attracts the attention of youth is certainly one of them. Underage drinking is a community-wide problem and needs a community-wide solution.
Monday, September 28, 2009
If you're interested in underage drinking and substance abuse prevention; want to hear from communities around the country that have done work similar to what we've been doing in NE Seattle; and want to hear about about what federal leaders are saying about the importance of community-based prevention, watching this is well worth your time.
Panelist include former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske who is now the head of the Office for National Drug Control Policy and David Hawkins from the University of Washington's Social Development Research Group.
This is exciting news for several reasons, the primary one being that the Communities That Care (CTC) model is very similar to the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the model used by the Prevention Works In Seattle coalition in NE Seattle.
In the Join Together article, David Hawkins from the University of Washington's Social Development Research Group is quoted, "This study shows we can prevent adolescent risk behaviors community wide by using this system. What makes this system different from other prevention efforts is that it provides community coalitions with scientifically based tools with which to make decisions based on what is important to each town. The key is empowering each community to make scientifically grounded decisions about what programs thy need. That builds ownership."
What this study shows is that when communities come together to address an issue that is putting their children at risk, in our case at risk for problems associated with underage drinking, and they are given the tools to assess the problem and then implement evidence-based prevention programs to meet their specific needs, they can be successful. Since our community is following a model similar to CTC, this gives great hope to our coalition that our prevention efforts will reduce our high underage drinking rates.
Here are a few links about the CTC study and it success:
Prevention Town Hall Meeting -- a video archive from September 9 in which David Hawkins talks about CTC
Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Maine Town Dramatically Cuts Drug Use (ABC News)
Coalition progress exceeds Washington's expectations (Prevention Action)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Kevin Haggerty, Assistant Director of the University of Washington Social Development Research Group, gave an engaging presentation about what families can do to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse.
Eckstein Principal Kim Whitworth and I provided information about NE Seattle statistics.
Guiding Good Choices is one way parents and guardians can learn about how they can prevent underage drinking and substance abuse among their children. The Prevention WINS coalition is offering free Guiding Good Choices workshops in NE Seattle.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
From KING5's HealthLink: Study links teen drug use to parental behavior. Here is a link to the press release from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA).
From Time magazine: Italy Starts Cracking Down on Underage Drinking. Here is a similar article from the BBC.
From Join Together: Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five or more per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are twice as likely to use tobacco or marijuana; more than one and a half times likelier to use alcohol; and twice as likely to expect to try drugs in the future.
From Good Housekeeping: The Hidden Epidemic of Very Young Alcoholics.
From the Seattle PI: Police report an influx of heroin users on Capitol Hill.
From U.S. News & World Report: How to Know if Your Teenager is Abusing ADHD Prescription Drugs.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 17
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Eckstein Middle School, 3003 NE 75th Street, P11
Coffee and light breakfast foods will be served.
This year, the general meeting starting times will alternate between 7:30 a.m. one month and 4:30 p.m. the next month so more working parents and school staff can attend at least half of the meetings. The next general meeting will take place:
Thursday, October 15
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Eckstein Middle School
Since the SPF-SIG grant that funds the coalition ends next summer, general meetings will focus on planning for community-wide prevention strategies after this school year. Community member input is needed so that we can best plan for meeting northeast Seattle's prevention needs.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Yesterday, KING5 and KOMO-TV picked up on the story.
Following are links to the letters from the Seattle Police Department and the Liquor Control Board regarding this matter.
March 31, 2009 Seattle Police Department letter to the Liquor Control Board
April 24, 2009 letter from the coalition to the Liquor Control Board
May 7, 2009 Seattle Police Department letter to the Liquor Control Board
July 17, 2009 Liquor Control Board letter to store owners
This is a good example of how a community can come together to make a difference. Dedicated people at the Seattle Police Department, Seattle City Attorney's Office, Washington State Liquor Control Board, and local media, especially KING5, have worked on this issue. Coalition members wrote letters in support of SPD's request. Together, these are the people to thank for bringing this problem to light and trying to prevent underage drinking by reducing youth access to alcohol.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Group Health and Bartell Drugs have implemented successful medicine return programs and the bill would expand medicine return programs statewide. The bill will be re-introduced in the upcoming session and it is expected that the pharmaceutical industry will, once again, launch a strong campaign in opposition.
Did you know . . . .
-- Over half of those using prescription drugs for non-medical reasons obtained them from a friend or relative.
-- One-third of all new abusers of prescription drugs in 2005 were 12-17 year olds.
A community workgroup led by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington recently unveiled its King County 2008 drug trends report. It found:
-- Drug related deaths involving prescription opiates totaled 153 in 2008, more than double the number of deaths from any other substance.
-- While the numbers are very low in northeast Seattle, in King County, 8% of tenth grade students reported using prescription opiates to get high in the past month according to the Healthy Youth Survey.
Friday, July 31, 2009
-- information dissemination approaches which teach primarily about drugs and their effects;
-- fear arousal approaches that emphasize the risks associated with drug use, such as mock car crashes;
-- moral appeal approaches which teach youth about the evils of use;
-- affective education programs which focus on building self-esteem, responsible decision-making, and interpersonal growth.
When planning for prevention programs, the following links provide guidance about what does work:
Principles of Effective Substance Abuse Prevention;
Sixteen Prevention Principles.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Some coalitions are doing social norms marketing campaigns in their communities. These campaigns use a product marketing strategy that creates an association between the product and something that the consumer wants. For example, here is a beer ad that has nothing to do with beer and more to do with what the beer company thinks their target audience wants. (Image thanks to the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth.)
September 7, 7:30 a.m.
October 15, 4:30 p.m.
November 19, 7:30 a.m.
December 17, 4:30 p.m.
Meetings will continue to be held at Eckstein Middle School and are open to the community.
During the meetings this fall, the coalition will work together to determine what new strategies we want to implement to address our specific community needs if we are awarded a Drug Free Communities grant in 2010. Be a part of planning for the future and plan to attend the meetings!
Monday, July 27, 2009
The report includes information about the benefits reaped by implementing programs such as Guiding Good Choices for parents and Life Skills Training for students, both of which are being implemented by the Prevention WINS coalition. It also shows that environmental strategies such as alcohol taxes, 21 minimum legal drinking age, and mandatory server trainings have benefits that outweigh costs.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
While the nation has been celebrating its success in reducing youth drug use, this celebration may be short-lived. History has shown that the current climate seems ripe for an alarming increase in youth drug use. Providing prevention resources to engage communities in embracing evidence-based programs, policies, and practices is the most cost-effective and reliable solution.
SPF-SIG stands for Strategic Prevention Framework - State Incentive Grant. These grants have been awarded to states from the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) uses a five-step process that guides communities as they plan for, implement, and evaluate prevention programs. More information about SPF-SIG is available by clicking here. The link includes a link to a Web-based application to help communities undertake each of the five steps.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
A few months ago, the Seattle Police Department and members of the Prevention WINS coalition in NE Seattle asked the Liquor Control Board to not renew the liquor license of SP Mart. Since the mini-mart has a long history of selling to minors, no matter who owns it, the police also requested that the license be removed from the site.
The store continues to be a place where minors attempt to purchase alcohol, often successfully. Early last month, a Liquor Control Board officer caught a minor in possession of alcohol outside of the store. The minor had requested an adult purchase alcohol for him or her and was successful. Though SP Mart did not receive a citation this time, the incident shows that minors still feel comfortable trying to buy alcohol there.
Surmising that teenagers are likely to try to obtain alcohol elsewhere in our community, Liquor Control Board officers are monitoring other stores in the Wedgwood area for sales to minors.
Reducing teenager's access to alcohol is one of several prevention strategies happening in our community. One strategy alone isn't going to reduce our high underage drinking rates. However, as a community, if we all work together and implement effective prevention strategies throughout NE Seattle, we will make a difference.
A study reported by Health Behavior News Service found that when college students think that their peers drink a lot of alcohol, they drink more themselves. The study also found that when college students learn that their perception is incorrect, they sometimes drink less.
The reviewers looked at how social norms -- our beliefs about what is "normal" behavior in the people close to us -- might influence students' drinking. If a student believes that his or her peers drink heavily, it will likely influence the amount of alcohol the student personally drinks. They say that much of peer influence is the result of incorrect perceptions.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
* 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health -- statistics on the prevalence, incidence, and correlates of alcohol and drug use,
* 2007 Monitoring the Future -- quantifies the direction and rate of change occurring over time regarding relationships and trends among youth in school.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Youth Violence National and State Statistics at a Glance provides statistics on youth homicide and non-fatal assault-related injury rates.
Monday, July 6, 2009
During the Summit, outstanding substance abuse prevention advocates and youth leaders are recognized for their contributions. Businesses and media outlets are also recognized for their promotion of positive youth messages. For more information about nominating someone for one of the awards, visit the Prevention Summit website.
As of April 1st, the Helpline had to suspend 24-hour operation due to a severe loss of county funding. Currently the Helpline is accessible between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. Our intention is to resume 24-hour service as soon as additional funding becomes available. Recently we learned that funding for our statewide Alcohol/Drug Clearinghouse has been reduced significantly for the next two years. Because of state revenue shortfalls, our primary funder, the state Department of Social and Health Services - Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA), was not able to maintain our budget at current level.
For more information, visit the Clearinghouse's website.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Whispering about the state liquor monopoly (Seattle PI)
Program tries to identify problem drinkers before problems start (New York Times)
Alcohol abuse by GIs soars since -03 (USA Today)
Underage drinking ordinance pays off (The Gainesville Sun)
Higher drinking age linked to less binge drinking -- except in college students (Science Daily)
Friday, June 19, 2009
-- How can we best address the challenge of youth violence?
-- What can the City do to help ensure that Seattle's public schools work?
-- What can we do to protect and increase trees in the urban forest?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Hall at Fauntleroy
9131 California Avenue SW
If you attend, this may be a good time to talk about how substance abuse prevention and violence prevention go hand-in-hand!
"The fact that an intervention beginning in first grade produced a significant effect on children's behavior in the fifth grade strengthens the case for initiating prevention programs in elementary school, before most children have begun to engage in problem behaviors," says NIDA Director Nora Volkow.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The site includes photos and videos from other coalitions, discussions about various coalition and prevention-related topics, and a calendar of events.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Eckstein Middle School
Five Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
October 8 - November 5, 2009.
After the 2009-10 school year these workshops will no longer be offered for free (our grant ends). Parents are encouraged to sign up ASAP for the workshops of their choice -- space is limited and workshops fill up quickly.
For information on how to register, visit the calendar of events page on the coalition's website.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
With those comments in mind, the LCB drafted changes to the current WAC and created a summary of those changes.
Though the alcohol industry was rather quiet during the first round of comments, it is expected that they won't be so quiet this time around. Your comments in support of the proposed changes are needed! Here is an outline of the WAC review process and prevention-related responses to the proposed WAC changes. A drafted message to the LCB is posted to the coalition's website (click on "comments").
UPDATE: Read WASAVP's Action Alert!
Forward your comments to the LCB by June 15 to the Rules Coordinator at email@example.com.
Monday, June 8, 2009
"And timing couldn't be worse. With warm weather here and a long summer vacation ahead for students, conditions are ripe for underage drinking. The possibilities even have law enforcement officials uneasy."
"We don't like to think about the ramifications of this. None of them are good," said sheriff's spokesperson John Urquhart. "Primarily it's going to be high school kids - 16, 17, 18, 19 year olds doing this."
The topic of underage drinking parties in parks was featured in the coalition's May newsletter.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Currently, binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks, regardless of age.
In northeast Seattle, 14% of Roosevelt High School tenth-graders and 21% of Nathan Hale High School tenth-graders reported recent binge drinking (5+ drinks in one sitting) when they took the Healthy Youth Survey in October. If new definitions were used, how many more students would report binge drinking?
Addiction and the Mind and
Brain Science as a Means of Understanding Delinquency and Substance Abuse in Youth.
Both can be watched online or listened to as podcasts.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Here are some links about beer taxes:
-- The Marin Institute recently release an online alcohol tax and fee calculator to assist lawmakers looking for new revenue. According to the calculator, "The Washington beer excise tax was last changed in 1997 and has lost 25% of its value. If the tax had kept pace with inflation, instead of $0.25 per gallon, it would now be $0.35 per gallon."
-- According to JoinTogether, Senate lawmakers are looking at raising the federal tax on beer and soft drinks as part of a funding package for national healthcare reform.
-- New Jersey's National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has launched a media and advocacy campaign that includes a proposal to increase the state's beer tax to raise money for treatment services.
Friday, May 29, 2009
June 18, 2009
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
A review of health and academic achievement among youth and interventions to improve them.
Guest speaker: Julia Dilley, Senior Research/Epidemiologist, Multnomah County Health Dept. and Oregon Dept. of Human Services
To register, contact Jennifer Hansen at 360-586-7868 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference call number and meeting code will be given to those who register. Jennifer will need the following information from registrants: name; organization; email; phone; and fax number.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Kids look forward to the prom — but some parents dread it. The temptation to hit the booze at the after-parties may be strong for teens, but some studies say that science may be the way to convince them to say "no." When it comes to teen drinking, a new set of talking points can help parents.
Here is the breakdown CASA did about substance abuse related spending in Washington. To view the full report, click here.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Five Tuesdays: October 6 - November 3, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Free dinner & childcare available!
At Seattle Children's Hospital
Visit the coalition's website for more information.
As part of a toolkit for prevention advocates, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) developed two fact sheets about SDFSC:
Eliminating the State Grants Portion of the SDFSC Program Is Not a Sound Proposal and
The State Grants Portion of the SDFSC Program Must Be Maintained.
President Obama proposed the elimination of this program because he says it has been deemed ineffective. Pride Surveys has prepared a SDFSC Briefing Paper repudiating his assertion.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
2009-11 Budget, Policy, and Organizational Changes;
Youth See Fewer Alcohol Ads During Final Four;
Naches Valley Students Challenge Alcohol Service at Mat Classic;
Reducing Youth Exposure to Alcohol Marketing;
Prevention Posters Appear in Liquor Stores.
Friday, May 22, 2009
One of the programs they learned about is the Olweus bullying prevention program implemented in Seattle Public Schools. They visited Washington Middle School and interviewed Celia Arriaga, the district's bullying prevention expert.
Members of the Prevention WINS coalition (NE Seattle) and the coordinator of the Quincy Communities That Care coalition provided the delegation with a first-hand look at how coalitions are implementing underage drinking prevention programs.
The delegation blogged about their experiences and for their last two days they blogged about lessons learned about the Communities That Care (CTC) operating system from the Social Development Research Group. CTC is very similar to the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) that coalitions such as Prevention WINS use to guide decisions. Their comments include:
First, it is possible to combine rigorous prevention science with community engagement and a passion for change.
“I’ve seen how science and community engagement can be linked. I didn’t think there was a model for this.”
“CTC makes me reflect on my community development days – building capacity to get communities to engage.”
“I’ve seen passion and rigour and integrity. It has been interesting to see a new take on community development. It’s re-invented what I saw 30 years ago.”
Thursday, May 21, 2009
An MDE is defined as a period of 2 weeks or longer during which there is either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure and at least 4 other symptoms that reflect a change in functioning, including problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and self-image.
Among treated adolescents:
-- 58.8% saw or spoke to with a counselor;
-- 36.8% saw or spoke with a psychologist;
-- 27.3% saw or spoke with a psychiatrist or psychotherapist;
-- 26.6% saw or spoke with a general practitioner or family doctor.
When it comes to underage drinking . . .
Among youth who had previously not used alcohol, 29% of those with a MDE initiated alcohol use compared with 14% who had not experienced a MDE within the past year.
The coalition plans to develop and add on messages using their community survey results to guide them. One message will be, " . . . because Port Angeles parents ask their kids where they are and who they are with." These messages will be done mostly through posters.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Topic: Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) Liabilities: College Perspectives
Thursday, May 28
Noon Pacific Time
Lowering the MLDA law from age 21 to 18 continues to be a hot topic. Some college presidents believe that lowering the drinking age will help eliminate hazardous behaviors by their students, including binge drinking. Research clearly contradicts this premise, however.
This electronic seminar will include an expert panel of presenters who will discuss various liability issues, including social, economic, and legal effects of lowering the drinking age. In addition, participants will learn about resources that will support efforts to keep the drinking age of 21.
To register visit: www.udetc.org/audioconferenceregistration.asp.
Since then, the owner of SP Mart has tried to sell the business and the SPD sent another letter to the LCB asking that the liquor license be removed from the site of the store, not just the owner. SP Mart has been owned by different people over the past few years and each one of them has sold alcohol to minors. Teenagers know that they can buy alcohol at the store, regardless of who owns it. Reading SPD's second letter makes that readily apparent.
Reducing minor's access to alcohol plays an important role in reducing underage drinking rates in northeast Seattle. Especially since it is part of community-wide prevention activities being implemented by the coalition.
Monday, May 18, 2009
What is not mentioned in the police report is that underage drinking was involved. Our parks are havens for underage drinking parties and, increasingly, teenagers are injured or assaulted and property, including cars, is damaged or destroyed during these parties. While it's important to stop underage drinking because it is illegal and has negative health consequences, it's just as important to stop underage drinking to keep our kids and our parks safe.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation compiled a brief that offers additional information about the positive effects of the law. It states:
Family Guide to Systems of Care for Children with Mental Health Needs;
Building Bridges: Mental Health Consumers and Members of Faith-Based and Community Organizations in Dialogue;
Clinical Preventive Services in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Update: From Science to Services.
Registration closed! Institute is full!
2009 Montana Summer Institute for Social Norms Practitioners
July 9-11, 2009
Conference website: http://mostofus.org/institute.php
Northwest Alcohol Conference
July 16 – 17, 2008
Conference website: http://www.northwestalcoholconference.org/
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of
July 27 – 30, 2009
Conference website: www.cadca.org/events/midyearinstitute/2009/
August 12-14, 2009
Presentations from the 2008 conference are available at:http://www.udetc.org/conference2008-presentations.htm
National Prevention Network (NPN) Research Conference
September 15-18, 2009
Conference website: http://swpc.ou.edu/npn/index.htm
Presentations from the 2008 conference are available at:http://swpc.ou.edu/npn/archives.htm
October 30-31, 2009
Conference website: http://casat.unr.edu/dasa/
The website contains information and handouts from previous conferences.