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June 14, 2011

Self-checkout (SCO) options in off-sale (e.g., markets, liquor stores and the like) alcohol outlets (e.g., grocery store chains) represent a potential source of illicit access to alcohol.

A recent exploratory study examined the ability of young adults to purchase alcohol through self-checkout lanes without being asked for age verification. Two hundred and sixteen stores with self-checkout lanes were randomly selected in five southern California counties. Pseudo-patrons independently...

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June 14, 2011

CADCA's Policy Change Toolbox was developed to provide coalitions with a catalog of environmental policy changes implemented at the local level by community anti-drug coalitions from all over the United States. It supplies the user with a directory of unique and specific local ordinances, policies, and regulations that community anti-drug coalitions have worked to enact, and a description of the steps taken by coalitions to make these changes occur.

Whether your coalition is well-...

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June 14, 2011

'Tis the season for prom and graduation time and current research from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) suggests this season could be dangerous for underage youth.

According to a national survey of more than 2,500 eleventh and twelfth graders, researchers found 90 percent of these teens believed their counterparts were more likely to drink and drive on prom night and 79 percent believed the same to be true for graduation night.

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June 7, 2011

By Join Together

A type of problem-solving therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help treat depression in people within residential treatment programs for drug and alcohol abuse, a new study suggests. The therapy may also help reduce substance abuse.

HealthDay reports that many people who are struggling with both depression and substance abuse issues do not receive treatment for...

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June 7, 2011

By Join Together

High school students who are gay, lesbian or bisexual are more likely than heterosexual students to smoke, drink, use drugs and engage in other unhealthy behaviors, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The survey of 156,000 high school students is the largest of its kind conducted by the federal...

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June 6, 2011

Please see the attached announcement and nomination packet for an opportunity to submit a nomination for consideration of the most exemplary substance abuse prevention advocate, professional, volunteer, youth, program, group, coalition, or community partner in Washington State this year. Please take advantage of this exciting opportunity to honor community prevention leaders for their outstanding efforts. Nominations are due by 5pm on August 23rd.

Also, if you would like to nominate...

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June 6, 2011

A comprehensive series of one-hour, weekly online trainings beginning in June will explore multiple aspects of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) populations. The online trainings are sponsored by the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center through Arizona State University. Participation in the online trainings is free and no RSVP is required.

You can participate in one or all of the trainings.

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June 6, 2011

Ron Hertel, OSPI's Program Supervisor for Readiness to Learn, Mental Health and Compassionate Schools, recently announced that a video has been posted to YouTube based on the book,The Heart of Learning and Teaching, and the Compassionate Schools Initiative in Washington State.

The direct link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=NHX2GH57qFU.

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June 5, 2011

The Federal Interagency Task Force for Drug Endangered Children (DEC Task Force) held an event May 31, 2011 to highlight the need for a cohesive and coordinated federal response to the problem of drug-endangered children.

Stemming in part from the methamphetamine crisis, the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) movement began in the last decade to respond to the growing phenomenon of finding children living among the squalor of meth labs located in homes and other areas where children were...

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June 5, 2011

A new report shows that alcohol dependence is four times more likely to occur among adults with mental illness than among adults with no mental illness (9.6 percent versus 2.2 percent). Based on a nationwide survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the report also shows that the rate of alcohol dependency increases as the severity of the mental illness increases. For example, while 7.9 percent of those with mild mental illness were alcohol...

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June 5, 2011

Iowa retail businesses, bars, and restaurants have a new tool at their disposal when educating staff on proper sales and consumption of alcohol. This week multiple state agencies partnered to unveil Iowa's Alcohol Law Enforcement/Retail Training (I-ALERT) at IAlert.iowa.gov. The I-ALERT web site primarily functions as a policy creation tool.

Retail establishments like convenience, grocery and liquor stores can use the site to create a custom policy regarding the sale of alcohol....

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June 5, 2011

In order to continue providing behavioral health publications while reducing costs, the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) will begin using the Washington State Department of Printing (PRT) fulfillment center to provide DBHR-only printed materials, beginning July 1, 2011.

By taking advantage of volume discounts for storing and shipping materials, PRT allows state agencies to meet the needs of the public to access agency publications at no charge. DBHR will provide...

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May 25, 2011

By Join Together

The maker of the popular Tilt malt beverage is lowering the drink's alcohol content from 12 percent to 8 percent for a 24-ounce container. Anheuser-Busch announced that the new drinks will be sold starting this summer.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sparks flavored malt beverages made by MillerCoors also have a maximum of 8 percent alcohol by volume. The article...

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May 25, 2011

By Join Together

New "dissolvable" tobacco products that look like Tic Tacs, toothpicks and breath strips are being test-marketed in Denver. Public health officials are concerned that the products look like candy, making them attractive to young people.

The new products, made by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, are called Camel Orbs, Camel Sticks and Camel Strips, Denver's 7News reports...

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May 25, 2011

By Join Together

The skyrocketing growth in the number of Americans addicted to prescription drugs is due to easy accessibility and the diminished perception of risk, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy told a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.

Gil Kerlikowske was among the witnesses who spoke at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing about the problem and the many federal and state programs aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse, CNN...

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