Prevention & Early Intervention
New media campaign to help parents talk to younger children about the dangers of underage drinking. “Talk. They Hear You.” a new national public service announcement (PSA) campaign that empowers parents to talk to children as young as nine years old about the dangers of underage drinking was recently launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For copies of all the campaign materials go to: http://samhsa.gov/underagedrinking/
Lead On! For Peace and Equality is both an annual youth leadership mini-summit and a movement of youth working to positively impact their communities and end violence. Are you an Alaskan youth aged 13-18? Are you interested in becoming a leader in your community? Would you like to work with other youth from across Alaska? Would you like the chance to promote peace and equality in your community? If so Lead On! is your chance to make it happen! Lead On! 2013 will be held November 16-18 in Anchorage, Alaska.
For more information and a copy of the application go to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault website at http://www.andvsa.org/lead-on/.
Alaska’s Strategies to Prevent Underage Drinking is an update of the 2009 publication on preventing underage drinking. These recommendations are an overview of what existing literature describes as being effective. The specific actions are items the committee believes are possible to implement in the next three years. Increasing the use of these recommendations and specific actions will help to build a stronger foundation in the statewide effort to prevent underage drinking.
The 2012 Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking is a great resource for everyone working to reduce and prevent youth alcohol use. Data from the report, representing all 50 states, show meaningful reductions in underage drinking, particularly among younger age groups. “From 2004 to 2012, young people ages 12 to 20 showed statistically significant declines in both past-month alcohol use and binge alcohol use.” However the new summary of the latest scientific research confirms that “alcohol continues to be the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, a greater proportion of who use alcohol than use tobacco or other drugs.” The annual report was prepared by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on behalf of the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD). This is the fourth report in the series, and includes a new section on prevention of binge drinking on college and university campuses, and an expanded section about underage drinking prevention and enforcement activities in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Access to the 2012 Report to Congress is available at http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov.
- Annual Statewide Prevention Summit. December 3-5, 2013. Centennial Hall, Juneau, Alaska. Hosted by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, focusing on community level possibilities for domestic violence and sexual assault primary prevention strategies. The Summit will provide community teams the opportunity to attend and work with teams from other communities. Team applications will be available the last week of July. For more information contact Ann Rausch at email@example.com or visit the CDVSA website at: http://dps.alaska.gov/CDVSA/.
- Announcing a Prevention Research Institute Training (PRIME For Life)! PRIME For Life training will take place on January 27-29, 2014 at The Hilton Garden Inn 4555 Union Square Drive, Anchorage Alaska.
PRIME For Life® is an evidence-based, therapeutic education program with demonstrated success in significantly altering attitudes, increasing abstinence, reducing high-risk drinking and drug use, and reducing recidivism. PRIME For Life is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Full attendance and participation in a three-day PRIME For Life® New Instructor Training is required to deliver PRIME For Life®. Instructor materials will be provided and are available in Spanish. The training fee is waived for approved Alaska providers. This PRIME For Life® Instructor Training is available for registration and more information at; www.primeforlife.org