Essex County News

White House Drug Policy Office Releases Promising New Data on Preventing Youth Drug Use

d064d0705272777d68f1_ADAPTLogoStackedWebSite.jpg
d064d0705272777d68f1_ADAPTLogoStackedWebSite.jpg

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ – The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently released the Drug-Free Communities Support Program’s 2014 National Evaluation Report. The report shows that across the 618 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) funded by ONDCP in FY 2013, of which the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) from Essex County, New Jersey is a part, there are promising results for middle school and high school youth substance use and perception including:

  • A significant decrease in past 30-day use for alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs among middle school and high school youth;
  • An increase in the percentage of survey respondents who reported that regular use of tobacco, alcohol, or prescription drugs has moderate or great risk;
  • An increase in the perception of peer disapproval among middle school students in each of the four substance areas, and for high school students in each substance except marijuana; and 
  • An increase in perception of parent disapproval for each of the substance areas, with the exception of marijuana among high school youth.

“We know that preventing drug use before it begins is the most cost-effective approach to reduce drug use,” said Michael Botticelli, director of National Drug Control Policy, who unveiled the findings at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute, one of the largest gatherings of youth drug use prevention advocates in the country. “By bringing together schools, businesses, law enforcement, parent groups, and other members of the community, DFC-funded community coalitions are helping to protect youth from the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse and other substance use disorders.”

As part of the Drug-Free Communities program, ADAPT from Essex County has pioneered programs to address the prescription drug problem in our community, such as increasing the number of residents that properly monitor, secure, and dispose of their prescription medication and increasing the number of secure community-based drug disposal programs and locations.

Sign Up for E-News

“We are not powerless against the challenges of prescription drug use among young people here in Essex County,” said Joel Torres, ADAPT’s senior coordinator. “Research shows that prevention is a powerful tool that can counteract the spread of youth drug use in our communities, and we will continue to work together to decrease drug use among young people and change young people’s perceptions of drugs.”

The goals of the DFC program are two-fold. The first goal is to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities and the second goal is to reduce substance use among youth. DFC continues to expand its reach to 2.9 million middle school youth and 4.1-million high school youth.

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is directed by ONDCP in partnership with HHS’s SAMHSA. The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate youth and adult participation at the community level in local youth drug use prevention efforts. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, and media.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy seeks to foster healthy individuals and safe communities by effectively reducing drug use and its consequences. The National Drug Control Strategy builds on the Administration’s record of drug policy reform by outlining a series of actions that will continue to expand health interventions and “smart on crime” alternatives. The Strategy includes a series of actions currently underway to reduce the impact of the opioid epidemic in the United States.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Save $2.50 on Next Visit to Livingston Car Wash

July 17, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Drivers can save $2.50 the next time they get their vehicle cleaned at Livingston Car Wash.

Come to Livingston Car Wash at 111 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue for a car wash and $2.50 will be discounted from the regular price.

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fitness
Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2468930b54fcb2172eae_gb_front

Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_d36e8541b1fb2e142ef9_bobbyvalli_par440_3_dates__11x17

Sat, July 21, 7:30 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, SHORT HILLS

Solid Gold with Bobby Valli at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Man Stabbed in Valley Section of West Orange

July 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE – A West Orange man was stabbed Sunday evening during an attack in The Valley section of the township, according to officials.

Police were called the 300 block of Valley Road around 5:45 p.m. on a report of an aggravated assault. The 28-year-old victim was stabbed during an attack by a group of individuals who later fled the scene, according to township spokeswoman Susan ...

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

The meeting will be held at the ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...