• December is Drunk/Drugged Driving Prevention Month

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration remind you to celebrate safely this holiday season. You can find communication campaign resources from Traffic Safety Marketing: Drug-Impaired Driving Prevention Drunk Driving Prevention     

  • 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,…

News From The Field

Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation

Sep 15, 2014

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America.  The report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of this age group.  Marijuana was by far the most commonly used illicit drug, with nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers as a close second. The SAMHSA report also shows that 34.6 million adults aged 18 or older (14.6 percent of the population aged 18 or older) received mental health…

Consequences of Teen Alcohol, Marijuana Use Studied

Sep 12, 2014

Now a new study asked high school seniors to indicate whether they experienced various adverse psychosocial outcomes resulting from use of each substance.  The most alarming finding was that alcohol use was highly associated with unsafe driving, especially among frequent drinkers,” said Dr. Palamar, , PhD, MPH, a CDUHR affiliated researcher and an assistant professor of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC).  “Compared to non-drinkers, frequent drinkers were over 13 times more likely to report that their alcohol use has led to unsafe driving. Marijuana users, compared to non-users, were three times more likely to report unsafe driving as…

Cannabis Withdrawal Symptoms in Teens

Sep 9, 2014

Although cannabis — commonly known as marijuana — is broadly believed to be nonaddictive, a study has found that 40% of cannabis-using adolescents receiving outpatient treatment for substance use disorder reported experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, which are considered a hallmark of drug dependence.  The current study enrolled 127 adolescents between ages 14 and 19 being treated at an outpatient substance use disorder clinic, 90 of whom indicated that cannabis was the substance they used most frequently.  The commonly reported cannabis withdrawal symptoms reported were: anxiety, irritability, depression and difficulty sleeping.    Of the 90 cannabis-using participants, 84% met criteria for cannabis…