Sharing information about youth substance abuse prevention so that, together, we can create safe and healthy communities.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Do healthy kids really learn better?
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 email@example.com. 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
Underage drinking during prom & graduation
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.
Impact of substance abuse on state budget
Here is the breakdown CASA did about substance abuse related spending in Washington. To view the full report, click here.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Guiding Good Choices workshops starting up again in the fall
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.
Safe & Drug Free Schools & Communities Program in jeopardy
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
Statewide prevention activities highlighted in May edition of FOCUS
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
UK delegation learns about Washington prevention programs
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
Adolescents suffering from depression more likely to start drinking alcohol
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.
Port Angeles coalition to launch social norms marketing campaign
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
Legal drinking age electronic seminar
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.
Update: SP Mart liquor license
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
Assault at Golden Gardens
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
Idaho tabloid about underage drinking
Data support keeping drinking age at 21
Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation compiled a brief that offers additional information about the positive effects of the law. It states:
Mental health resources
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.
Upcoming prevention conferences and trainings
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.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
What other coalitions are up to -- part 2
As I'm sure you all know, Apple Blossom Festival is a big thing here in Wenatchee. It kicked off last weekend with the Youth Parade and Youth Day in the Park.
Our coalition had an exciting Youth Day booth in the park -- they estimate 5,000 people attended that day. We had 2400 -- YES 2400 -- bottles of water to hand out. We had 1200 with our new parent message, "Congratulations Wenatchee Parents, 9 out of 10 have rules AGAINST underage drinking" and 1200 had our youth message, "MOST teens DON"T drink alcohol". We also had little bubbles for the little kids. We gave out ALL of the water bottles minus 2 cases of 24 bottles each. It was really fun talking to all of the parents and youth about the message. Students and staff helped put labels on all the bottles and Pepsi donated half of them.
What other coalitions are up to -- part 1
The Franklin Pierce Youth First Coalition (a SPF-SIG coalition in the Tacoma area) recently hosted a Fun Run and Discovery Health Fair. About 85 people, including students, participated in the fun run and about 150 others were there to volunteer, see vendors at the fair, or participate with children in field games.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
DrugPubs - Research Dissemination System
The Research Dissemination Center is designed to distribute FREE materials to health professionals; teachers; advocacy groups; youth; and the general public.
Losing funding for school-based drug/alcohol counselors
Strong family bonds prevent underage drinking
For the purposes of the study, a high quality relationship was one where teenagers felt they could discuss their problems with their parents and that their parents respected their feelings.
Guiding Good Choices provides parents with tools to create and sustain strong bonds with their children. The coalition will be offering more Guiding Good Choices workshops in the fall -- check this blog later this summer to view a fall schedule.