This is a great idea.  I love it!  National Youth Week.  Do we have anything like this in the US that promotes youth development, and healthy, prosocial, substance use free lifestyles?  We should! Here is a link to learn more: http://youthinrecreation.org/national-youth-week Please comment below.    


  Below are some new funding opportunities for education and prevention in substance abuse:   http://substanceabuse.az.gov/substance-abuse/grants   https://www.abc.virginia.gov/education/grants    


In case you missed the training session I presented at CADCA last week, below is a link to the PowerPoint slides.    They illustrate the images and messages used by alcohol marketers, and contrast and compare them to those found in alcohol prevention and treatment ads.    Key findings are reported, as are recommendations for […]


A new article from RTI Press discusses the pros and cons of marijuana edibles.  This is a very thorough review of research related to the promises and challenges of cannabis-infused edibles. While it is written in part for marijuana users, it is a must read for health and substance abuse policy makers and professionals. The […]


  Dr. Chudley Werch, President at Prevention Plus Wellness, will be presenting a training session at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum next month titled: “Images in Alcohol Advertising, Prevention and Treatment.”   The National Leadership Forum is the largest training event for community prevention, treatment and research professionals, and is held in conjunction with SAMHSA’s Prevention Day.  […]


New resources to help youth and adults avoid substance use harm while promoting wellness lifestyles are available from Prevention Plus Wellness.  The following three books can be found in both paperback and on Kindle.  Read descriptions of each today.  For youth in faith-based settings. In God’s Image: Physical & Spiritual Fitness for Youth: http://preventionpluswellness.com/in-gods-image-physical-spiritual-fitness-for-youth/ Just […]


A study examining the causality of unemployment, cannabis and alcohol use was published in Social Science & Medicine. Findings showed a possible reciprocal relationship with unemployment of at least three months associated with increased risk of cannabis dependence, and cannabis dependence associated with increased unemployment. Similar but smaller associations were found for alcohol use disorder […]

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics examined associations between state recreational marijuana laws and youth marijuana use using national data. Study findings showed a significant decrease in perceived harmfulness and increase in use among 8th and 10th graders in Washington state compared to states that did not legalize recreational marijuana use.  No differences were found […]

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined associations among various substances in a large Canadian youth sample. The study found youth e-cigarette use was linked to current and past marijuana use, cigarette smoking, binge drinking, and drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks. This study confirms many others that show interconnections among […]

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