• E-cigarette Ads Associated with Cigarette Smoking Initiation Among Youth

    A scientific study finds that receptivity to e-cigarette advertising increases the likelihood of trying conventional cigarettes one year later.  The study found that young people ages 12-21 who had never previously smoked, but were receptive to e-cigarette advertising, were 60 percent more likely to try smoking cigarettes one year later, compared to teens who were not receptive to the ads.  Study participants were considered receptive to an advertisement if they reported liking or recognizing images from the ad. Click HERE for more information

  • Monitoring the Future 2017 Survey Results

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  • Have You Registered for #PITA2017

    Be sure to register and book your hotel by Thursday May 11th to guarantee your discounted room rate. Click HERE for more information 

  • 2017 PITA Forum Call for Presentations

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5:00PM EDT on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 The North Carolina Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association (NCSAPPA) is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for our 10th Prevention is the Answer (PITA) Forum. This networking forum is designed to give providers and coalition an opportunity to learn about changing trends, discuss pertinent policy changes, and share sustainability strategies. We are seeking speakers with expertise on the following topics: Grant-writing Drug trends Prescription medication misuse Special populations (homeless, veteran, youth, LGBTQ, etc) Coalition impact and/or environmental strategies Prevention provider professional development Prevention ethics (note: if you submit a proposal on this topic,…

  • CADCA’s 27th Annual National Leadership Forum

    Are you attending CADCA this year? The National Leadership Forum, February 6 – 9, 2017,  is located at the beautiful National Harbor.  This year’s Forum is focused on “Engineering Healthy Communities”. Check out the Forum Brochure 

News From The Field

New Treatment Guidance for Pregnant Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder

Feb 8, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released new Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants.    SAMHSA’s Clinical Guidance comes at a time of great need for effective opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.  In 2016, over 20,000 pregnant women reported using heroin or misusing pain relievers in the past month. Newborn babies of mothers who used opioids while pregnant are at risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome–a group of physical and neurobehavioral signs of withdrawal. The guidance, which consists of 16 fact sheets on prenatal, infant, and maternal postnatal care,…

Cleveland County’s Law Enforcement Renews Commitment

Mar 31, 2017

  Local law enforcement is renews it commitment with Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to help prevent underage drinking in the county. On Feb. 28, leaders of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Department, Boiling Springs Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol, came together to renew their commitment to working to prevent underage drinking in Cleveland County with a signing of a memorandum of understanding in partnership with the coalition. The action plan strategies target two main ways young people often access alcohol according to youth surveys and focus group discussions; adults buying and supplying alcohol for underage…

New Study Results on Opioid Use and Pain

Jan 23, 2017

A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases at University of Virginia (UVA) Health System found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids. Two key factors were associated with this finding: Opioids make patients more sensitive to pain, though the reason why that occurs is unclear. So reducing the amount of opioids given to patients might by itself improve pain scores. UVA began implementing the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program, which increased the use of non-opioid pain medications, such as lidocaine and acetaminophen, which is commonly used in over-the-counter pain medications.  Click HERE for more on this…