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Substance Abuse Prevention

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Newly released data show that 151,964 Americans died due to alcohol, drugs or suicide in 2018. This national death rate for alcohol, drug and suicide deaths was only very slightly lower than what it had been in 2017 despite progress in reducing some types of opioid overdose, according to a new report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust.

Key Findings:

  • The national combined death rate due to alcohol, drugs and suicide was about level with the year prior – 2017. That’s the first time since the data collection began in 1999 that there has not been a large increase in the overall alcohol, drugs and suicide death rate.
  • Prescription opioid deaths were down but overall opioid deaths are still on the rise, with deaths involving synthetic opioids up 10 percent.
  • For the year, alcohol deaths were up 4 percent and suicide deaths were up 2 percent.
  • American Indians, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and older adults all experienced increases in drug-induced deaths between 2017 and 2018. Blacks and American Indians had the largest absolute increase.
  • All racial and ethnic minority groups experienced larger proportional changes in suicides rates than did Whites.

>> Read the full report here.

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About the CTP

The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) regulates the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products. CTP’s mission is to make tobacco-related death and disease part of America’s past, not America’s future, and, by doing so, ensure a healthier life for every family. The focus of CTP is on protecting America’s youth, providing information to help educate consumers, ensuring industry complies with the law, reviewing products, and conducting leading cutting-edge tobacco and nicotine-related research.

Click here to read more about the CTP.

Webinar: Recent Changes that Impact the Sale of Tobacco Products in Retail Establishments

The following webinar (from February 2020) explains the changes made to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, known as the FD&C Act, to increase the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products to 21 years of age; provides an overview on the Final Guidance: Enforcement Priorities for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Other Deemed Products on the Market Without Premarket Authorization.

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The mission of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.

CADCA’s youth and adult trainers host a free webinar each Wednesday from June to August 2020. Webinars cover topics including youth and sector engagement, sustainability, best practices during COVID-19 and more! CADCA has made the webinar recordings and presentations available to those who are unable to attend.

Past topics include:

Updating Your Objectives by Engaging Coalition Sector Members During Social Isolation

You Take the Lead…Social Distancing for Coalitions

Building Resiliency and Protective Factors During Challenging Times

View the list of recorded webinars here. 

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The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is dedicated to increasing local health department (LHD) capacity to respond effectively to the opioid epidemic. In an attempt to learn more about how LHDs are conducting opioid prevention and response activities, NACCHO administered an environmental scan, which ultimately sought to create a foundational understanding of opioid overdose prevention and response efforts at the LHD level.

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In an August 2019 advisory, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams emphasizes the importance of protecting our nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. According to the advisory, recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with misperceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our most precious resource, our nation’s youth. This is the surgeon general’s first advisory related to marijuana since the 1980s.

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The 2019 application period has ended and will reopen August 1, 2020! Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a voluntary and free state-wide certification available to businesses, schools, and all kinds of community organizations that want to be recognized as leaders making special efforts to promote healthy behaviors of Oklahomans.

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