Posted: May 2, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized
May 02, 2013
Early, substantive dialogue between parents and their grade-school age children about the ills of tobacco and alcohol use can be more powerful in shaping teen behavior than advertising, marketing or peer pressure, a University of Texas at Arlington marketing researcher has shown.
The findings of Zhiyong Yang, an associate professor of marketing in the UT Arlington College of Business, are published in a recent edition of the Journal of Business Research. Similar findings were part of a 2010 study he published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing of the American Marketing Association.
Yang’s current work, “Demarketing teen tobacco and alcohol use: Negative peer influence and longitudinal roles of parenting and self-esteem,” argues that parental influence is a powerful tool in dissuading children from smoking and drinking in their later teen years.
His 2010 article, “The Impact of Parenting Strategies on Child Smoking Behavior: The Role of Child Self-Esteem Trajectory,” shows that dialogue between parents and teens is effective in combating risky behavior, such as tobacco and alcohol use, and that parental influences buffer the impact of other external factors such as social media and peer pressure.
“First, our conclusion is that parenting styles can be changed, and that’s good news for the parents and the teens,” Yang said, in a news release. “Second, our study shows that parental influence is not only profound in its magnitude, but also persistent and long-lasting over the course of a child’s entire life. Effective parenting plays the critical role as a transition belt to pass normative values of society from one generation to another.”
Rachel Croson, Dean of the UT Arlington College of Business, said Yang’s research sheds important light on what drives behaviors and misbehaviors.
“Marketers often study how to sell more products,” Croson said. “Dr. Yang’s work answers some important and thorny questions about how to sell less, and what parents may be able to do to help improve their children’s health and well-being.”
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Posted: April 9, 2013 Filed under: Prom After Party | Tags: collaborative partners, Prevention, Teens
Las Cruces (April 9, 2013)— The Unified Prevention! (UP!) Coalition for a Drug-Free Doña Ana County and coalition partners are gearing up for an exciting after prom party, providing an alternative to drinking and partying during a time that often includes high levels of drinking among teens.
The After Party is scheduled for April 27 from midnight to 4 a.m. at the Cineport 10 in the mall. The event will be free for all Doña Ana County high school students.
UP!, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM), worked with local businesses and sponsors who generously offered over $1000 in prizes as incentives for students to attend, including a 32-inch flat screen television.
Allen Theaters will provide five midnight movies at the Cineport for all high school students following prom, however students do not need to attend prom to get into the movie. The After Party will include Giant Twister, x-box, karaoke, open mic, Minute to Win It and a photo booth. Local agencies and businesses will be on hand with educational booths.
To be a chaperone for the event or to become a sponsor, contact Stephanie Armitage, UP! Coalition Coordinator, at 575.521.4794 or email@example.com.Info.
Unified Prevention! (UP!) Coalition for a Drug-Free Doña Ana County is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. For more information on the coalition, visit www.unifiedprevention.com or contact Stephanie Armitage at 575.521.4794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: March 22, 2013 Filed under: Coalition Meeting
Join us for our monthly UP! Coalition meeting, Thursday, March 28 from 10:30 am to 12 pm. at 301 S. Church St, Boardroom. Everyone is welcome!
Posted: March 19, 2013 Filed under: Binge Drinking | Tags: abuse, alcohol use, CADCA
Alcohol use remains widespread among college students. When students engage in high-risk drinking, there are risks of consequences not only for the drinker, but also for other individuals, including interruption of sleep and study, verbal harassment, assault, and degradation of the on-campus environment. To expand existing research, a research team led by Dr. Mark Wolfson at Wake Forest School of Medicine conducted the Study to Prevent Alcohol Related Consequences (SPARC), a randomized community trial involving 10 universities in one Southeastern state (five intervention sites and five comparison sites) funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Now that the study is complete, Wake Forest School of Medicine will host a webinar on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST to introduce the SPARC manual as a guide to implementing the SPARC model in and around college campuses to reduce high-risk drinking behaviors and alcohol-related consequences among students. Since college drinking involves environmental factors, current research suggests coalitions need to consider methods focusing on both the campus and the community environment to reduce alcohol use and alcohol-related problems.
“We realized that high-risk drinking is not just a campus problem, and it’s not just a community problem. You have to look at the entire ecosystem,” said Wolfson.
By mobilizing a campus/community coalition, SPARC used a community organizing approach for planning and implementing environmental strategies focused on modifying social norms, policies and enforcement practices (Wagoner, Rhodes, Lentz, & Wolfson,2010; Wolfson et al., 2012). Those environmental strategies have been shown to lead to reductions in high risk-drinking and alcohol-related consequences.
“This approach worked in this study to reduce some of the important negative consequences of high risk drinking,” said Wolfson. “I think we’re now accumulating evidence that this family of approaches can be helpful to colleges.”
During the webinar, an overview of the SPARC study and the intervention will be presented. In addition, past campus/community organizers from two of the intervention universities, Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will share their experience in implementing SPARC on their respective campuses and in the surrounding community. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about the SPARC study, the manual, and implementation issues during the webinar.
Registration is required to attend the webinar, and it can be completed on the SPARC website,www.wakehealth.edu/SPARC. You will receive information via email on how to access the webinar in mid-March. For more information about SPARC, please visit the website or contact Maria Parries 336-716-6196, email@example.com or Mark Wolfson 336-716-0380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: March 19, 2013 Filed under: Abuse | Tags: abuse, marijuana use, tobacco
Rats previously exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient in marijuana, found nicotine more rewarding than rats not exposed to THC, according to new National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research published in Neuropsychopharmacology.
Although the doses of THC used in this study were high, this research suggests that marijuana use may increase the risk for nicotine dependence. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
For a copy of the study abstract, go towww.nature.com/npp/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/npp201316a.html. For a copy of theNeuropsychopharmacology press release, go to www.nature.com/npp/press_releases/jan_13.pdf. For related research being conducted at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program, go toirp.drugabuse.gov/Goldberg.php. For more resources about tobacco, visit www.cadca.org/tobacco.
Posted: February 28, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: CADCA, drug use, Heroin
WATCH Highway to Heroin
The push to close pill mills and reduce the painkiller supply is creating a new problem. Opiate addicts need their fix, so when they can’t easily get their pills to pop, they’re often turning to heroin.
In communities that are cracking down on pill mills and doctor shopping, heroin-related deaths are increasing. Experts warn that if heroin use isn’t increasing in your area yet, it’s just a matter of time.
During this hour-long program, “Highway to Heroin,” hear how communities are dealing with two serious drug problems at the same time. Learn how to prepare for an influx of heroin. See how partners in the Cleveland, Ohio area are working together to stop opiate abuse.
- Learn about the link between prescription painkillers and heroin
- Find out how to prepare your community for an increase in heroin use
- Hear what prevention strategies work best to educate about opiates
Marc J. Fishman, M.D., Addiction Psychiatrist, Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Marc Fishman, M.D. is the medical director of Maryland Treatment Centers, a regional behavioral healthcare provider, which offers programs for residential and outpatient
His academic work has focused on models of care and treatment outcomes for addictions in youth, in particular opioid dependence.
Fishman is the immediate Past President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine.
Lisa Roberts, R.N., Portsmouth City Health Department, Portsmouth, Ohio
Lisa Roberts, R.N. is a Registered Nurse and Health Educator who has been employed at the Portsmouth City Health Department as a Public Health Nurse since 1989.
She has worked extensively in the area of drug abuse prevention and has piloted a project that addresses unintentional drug overdoses and initiated Ohio’s first community-based opioid overdose reversal program using the drug naloxone.
Roberts helped form the Scioto County Drug Action Team Alliance in January 2010 in response to a declared public health emergency due to prescription drug abuse in Scioto County. The coalition was awarded a Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant from ONDCP in 2012.
Harold Rochon, Lieutenant, Detroit Police Department
Harold M. Rochon is currently the Commanding Officer in Charge of the Detroit Police Narcotics Division. Rochon began his law enforcement career in 1985 and began investigating gang and drug organizations shortly after.
Over the years, he has been an instructor for several local, state and federal organizations and has written several gang prevention manuals and books.
Rochon earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Anderson College in Michigan. He is certified by the US Department of Justice for instruction.
Posted: February 20, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized
Join us for our monthly UP! Coalition meeting, Thursday, March 7 from 10:30 am to 12 pm. at 301 S. Church St, Boardroom. Everyone is welcome!
Posted: January 29, 2013 Filed under: Prevention | Tags: Prevention, Underage drinking
A webinar series sponsored by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD)
Webinar # 1 – Preventing Underage Drinking: Introduction and Series Overview
When: January 30, 2013, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET
Who: The following experts will kick off the series:
- Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., Surgeon General of the United States;
- Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and ICCPUD Chair;
- Frances M. Harding, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA; and
- Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., Acting Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Why: Nearly 10 million 12- to 20-year-olds in the United States are underage drinkers, with serious negative consequences for individuals, families, and communities. This webinar series will feature national leaders and experts discussing the nature and extent of the problem, lessons from recent research, and evidence based strategies for addressing underage drinking.
What: This first webinar in the series will provide an overview of the issue and of the series. It will begin with introductions from Dr. Benjamin and SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde. NIAAA Acting Director Kenneth Warren will then provide an overview of the nature and extent of the problem, and CSAP Director Frances Harding will discuss the “shape of the solution.” Following their presentations, Director Harding and Acting Director Warren will engage with participants in a live question-and-answer period.
Posted: January 16, 2013 Filed under: Drug Use | Tags: Driving while intoxicated, Drug abuse, Teens
By Charlotte Tallman / For the Sun-News
There are many concerns on the road, particularly whether or not a driver is driving while under the influence of alcohol or texting and driving, but one often overlooked issue is drugged driving.
A national survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that in 2007, approximately one in eight weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illicit drugs, and according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 10.6 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year. Even more daunting is the fact that one in three drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2009 tested for drugs, tested positive.
The results are not common only among adults. Among high school seniors in 2008, one in 10 reported that in the two weeks prior to their interview, they had driven a vehicle after smoking marijuana.
Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for 15 to 19-year-olds in 2007, and according to the 2009 NSDUH report, more than six percent of 16 or 17-year olds and nearly 17 percent of 18 to 20 year-olds reported driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year. In a comprehensive study on unsafe driving by high school students, 30 percent of seniors reported driving after drinking heavily or using drugs, or riding in a car in which the driver had been drinking heavily or using drugs, at least once in the prior two weeks.
Drugged driving puts the
driver at risk, as well as passengers and others who share the road. Drugs can impair drivers’ ability to operate a motor vehicle just as substantially as alcohol and can prove just as deadly, and the drugs aren’t limited to the more prohibited types like cocaine and heroine, but also marijuana, over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
With the lack of experience driving, teenagers driving under the influence of any type of drug or alcohol will find themselves at more risk due to altered perception, cognition, reaction time and other faculties. Parents and other adult mentors play an important role in educating youth about the dangers of drugged driving, making communication an invaluable action.
The Unified Prevention! (UP!) Coalition for a Drug-Free Doña Ana County, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, formed in 2009 and works to establish and strengthen collaboration among the community to prevent substance abuse among young people. Funded with a five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), UP! draws from a variety of sectors in the community for thorough outreach and prevention.
In an effort to provide resources for the community that encourages teens not to drive drugged, UP! has a Teen Drugged Driving: Parent, Coalition and Community Group Activity Guide provided by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. To learn more about the guide, with a wide variety of activities and resources for the community and teens, visit http://www.unifiedprevention.com or call Stephanie Armitage at (575) 521-4794.
A Community that’s Aware is a Community that Cares is submitted by Charlotte Tallman, media campaign coordinator for the Unified Prevention! (UP!) Coalition for a Drug-Free Doña Ana County, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.