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2011-10-07 11:25:00

October 12-14, 2011 WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 2,500 people are expected next week to attend the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) national conference, Children's Justice and Safety: Unite, Build, Lead, October 12-14, 2011. The conference will address: -- Anti-gang strategies -- Mentoring --Protecting and advocating for --...

2011-09-13 09:33:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study demonstrates the successfulness of a prevention program that educates and equips parents and other caregivers to be better able to deal with their teens on drug and alcohol issues. Its results were announced today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org. The program, Parents360 Plus, is the latest innovation in PACT360, the law enforcement-led community education initiative developed by The Partnership at Drugfree.org with grant...

Illicit Drug Use Rising In The US
2011-09-09 05:01:17

  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reveals that drug use rose in the US between 2008 and 2010. It indicates that 22.6 million Americans aged 12 or older (8.9 percent of the population) were currently drug users. In 2008 the rate of drug use was 8 percent while in 2009 through 2001 the percentage stayed steady at 8.7 percent. The survey indicates that the increased rate of drug...

2011-02-23 03:06:00

Statement of Steve Pasierb, President and CEO Study Finds Teens Exposed to Campaign Messages Less Likely to Use Marijuana NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new independent, scientific analysis of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (NYADMC) found that teens who were exposed to "Above The Influence" drug abuse prevention messages, an integral part of the NYADMC, were less likely to use marijuana than those who are not...

2011-01-12 06:06:00

Slashed Prevention Funding and Drastic Reductions in Federal Media Campaign Add Pressure on Parents NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study (MTF) - the largest survey on teen drug abuse tracking over 46,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders - found a huge falloff in teens' recalled exposure to drug abuse prevention messages over the past seven years. The new data from the MTF study have been released at a time when teens...

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2010-12-09 09:10:00

An average of 30 million Americans each year get behind the wheel and drive while drunk, according to a new study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). According to SAMHSA, 13.2 percent of all people over the age of 16 drove under the influence of alcohol during the past year, and another 4.3 percent (roughly 10 million people) admitted to driving while impaired by illicit drugs. On the plus side, impaired driving appears to be on the decline. SAMHSA...

2010-10-21 14:22:00

MIAMI, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- America has a drug problem and the primary source of these abused drugs is the family medicine cabinet. In fact, the supplier just might be...you. Lock Your Meds(TM) is a national grassroots and multi-media campaign designed to reduce prescription drug abuse by making adults aware that they are frequently the "unintentional suppliers" of prescription medications being abused, especially by young people. National Lock Your Meds(TM) Day will be observed by...

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2010-09-17 05:55:00

Nearly 22 million Americans aged 12 and older used illegal drugs in 2009, a rise of nine percent from 2008 levels, according to results released Thursday of a national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The number of U.S. residents aged 12 and older who used illegal drugs or abused prescription medications rose from 8.0 percent of the population in 2008 to 8.7 percent in 2009, the highest level since 2002, the National Survey on Drug...

2010-06-28 09:00:00

LOS ANGELES, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- At an event on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Universal City Hilton Hotel in Universal City, California, the San Diego-based non-profit CADFY (Californians for Drug Free Youth) hosted community leaders who shared their professional and expert perspectives on the dangers of marijuana in California. Key quotes from the event: John Redman, Executive Director, Californians for Drug Free Youth: CADFY's mission is to bring awareness to people about the...

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2010-06-18 06:20:00

According to a study by two governmental agencies, emergency room visits linked to prescription painkillers abuse have jumped 111 percent over a five-year period, a shocking increase that threatens the public health system in the United States. Emergency room visits involving abuse of painkillers such as oxycodone rose from 144,644 in 2004 to more than 305,850 in 2008, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control...