As part of our ongoing efforts to help find local solutions to our nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, CADCA is partnering with coalitions across the country to host community forums on this topic. The next one is on June 11 in the Boston area. Coalitions, their partners, parents and all interested citizens are invited to attend these community forums.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This old adage worked for the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition in Troy, New York. The “Collar City,” near the state’s Capitol, had experienced a surge of criminal and gang activity, and the last straw was a local problem with synthetic marijuana. A neighborhood action committee was formed. They sought Drug-Free Communities Support Program funding. Twice rejected, the coalition submitted their application again and are now successfully implementing their initiatives as a Year One DFC grantee.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors Wednesday announced a multi-agency enforcement action across four states that targeted unlawful doctors and pharmacists as well as pill mills in the agency’s largest prescription drug operation.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the number of Hepatitis C infections is on the rise among young people in the Appalachian region due to prescription and opiate drug abuse. The study was reported by USA Today.

A team of University of Florida researchers found that oxycodone-related deaths dropped 25 percent after the state implemented its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in 2011 as part of its response to the state's prescription drug abuse epidemic.

The research team attributed the decrease according to findings released in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Signed into law in 2009, Florida's PDMP monitors individuals' controlled substance prescriptions and provides important and up-to-date data regarding prescribing trends in the state.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a drug withdrawal syndrome in infants following birth, has historically been associated with illicit drug use such as heroin among pregnant women. But a study by a team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center shows that pregnant women are commonly being prescribed opioids — narcotic pain relievers such as hydrocodone — which results in an increased likelihood of NAS.

In Paris, Tenn., it’s the sheriff’s deputies who make house calls. Through a unique partnership between the local sheriff’s department and the Henry County Prevention Coalition, residents in this rural community can call the sheriff to request their used and expired medications be picked up and arrange to have them incinerated by a deputy. The Sheriff even serves on the coalition’s board of directors.

That is one of many strategies employed by the coalition to reduce prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse in their county of more than 32,000 residents.

Are you a passionate mother and substance abuse prevention leader? Do you want to help raise awareness about the dangers of medicine abuse? Then, you could be the next member of the Five Moms Campaign!

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance to assist industry in developing opioid drug products with potentially abuse-deterrent properties.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This old adage worked for the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition in Troy, New York. The “Collar City,” near the state’s Capitol, had experienced a surge of criminal and gang activity, and the last straw was a local problem with synthetic marijuana. A neighborhood action committee was formed. They sought Drug-Free Communities Support Program funding. Twice rejected, the coalition submitted their application again and are now successfully implementing their initiatives as a Year One DFC grantee.

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