Thursday, January 28, 2010

News from CADCA

January 28, 2010
This Week In Coalitions Online...
Obama Urban Czar to Speak at Forum

CADCA is thrilled to announce that Adolfo Carrion, the first White House Director of Urban Affairs, will speak about President Obama's key initiatives to assist urban communities at CADCA's 20th Anniversary National Leadership Forum. Carrion will present at a Forum Pre-conference session, "The Inside Track", on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.
2010 Drug Free Communities Program Grants Now Available
Funding for the 2010 Drug Free Communities program is now available. The 2010 DFC Request for Applications (RFA)
 is available online. ONDCP expects to award approximately $18.75 million for 150 new competing grants to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. The deadline for applying is Friday, March 19, 2010.
Forum 20 Feature: Rx and Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse Major Topics at CADCA Forum
With the escalating rates of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse affecting communities nationwide, this issue will be one of the featured topics at CADCA's National Leadership Forum next month. Several workshops will address everything from prescription take back programs to media campaigns to raise awareness of over-the-counter cough medicine abuse. 
LA to Shut Down 80 Percent of City?s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
The New York Times
 reported that the L.A. City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday that would shut down 80 percent of the city's medical marijuana dispensaries because of problems they've had with their dispensaries.
Webinar Next Week to Discuss Grant Opportunities from OSDFS
The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will hold a webinar next week to discuss grant opportunities that will be available in 2010. The webinar will take place on Tues., Feb. 2nd, from 2 to 3 p.m., EST. 
Teens who drink with parents may still develop alcohol problems
Despite the research on the negative effects of alcohol use on young people, many parents still believe that teen drinking is a right of passage. Many take the approach of trying to teach responsible drinking by letting their teenagers have alcohol at home. However, a new study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, shows that this approach is ineffective.
Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse: Looking For Voices to Raise Awareness
Data from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America indicate that one in 10 teens reports having abused OTC cough medicines to get high, and 28 percent know someone who has tried it. 
The CADCA Ambassador Highlight Series: Juliana Langille
This is the third in a series of articles focusing on the young adults participating in the CADCA National Coalition Institute's Ambassador Program, a workforce development initiative. This week, we highlight Juliana Langille, from Brockton Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol in Brockton, Mass. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Headline CADCA Forum

In addition to a number of national experts in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment, we’re excited to announce that Emmy-award winning Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, will be one of the keynote speakers at the CADCA Forum.

Dr. Gupta is a practicing neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at Emory University. In addition to lead reporting for CNN’s health and medical coverage, contributing regularly to American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360°, his own half-hour weekend medical affairs program, SANJAY GUPTA, MD, and reporting for and CNN documentaries, Gupta anchors Vital Signs on CNN International.

Dr. Gupta is the author of two best-selling books, Chasing Life (2007) and Cheating Death (2009), both of which were turned in to companion CNN documentaries. In addition to his duties at CNN, he is a contributor to TIME magazine, CBS’ Evening News with Katie Couric and the television news magazine 60 Minutes. In 2003, he was named one of PEOPLE magazine's “Sexiest Men Alive.”