More Black & Hispanic Youth Arrested

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) shared a report that indicated marijuana-related arrests of black youth increase 58% and 29% for Hispanic youth.

The Colorado Department of Public Safety reveals that marijuana-related arrests of Black and Hispanic youth increased sharply in the two years following legalization, belying claims by legalization advocates that such policies would promote racial justice.

Overall arrests of minors for marijuana jumped 5 percent from 2012 to 2014.  Unfortunately, youth of color shouldered the entire burden of this increase.
While arrests of underage Whites dropped 8 percent in this time-frame, arrests of Hispanics rose 29 percent, and arrests of Black youth shot up 58 percent.

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“The data is in, and it shows that once again legalization advocates are only paying lip service to racial justice questions to advance the agenda of the marijuana industry,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, President of SAM.  “They sold legalization to the voters as a solution to racial injustice, but more youth of color are now being arrested for pot, not fewer.”

Jo McGuire, co-chair of SAM’s Colorado affiliate and president & CEO of 5 Minutes of Courage, a Colorado advocacy group for drug-free communities, workplaces, and youth, said, “It’s time for Colorado leadership to recognize that the promise of tax revenue is not worth the cost to our most vulnerable communities.  Our top priority should be public health and safety, not addiction for profit.”

William Jones III, leader of Two Is Enough – DC, a movement of diverse Washington, DC, residents concerned about the scourge of a third legal recreational drug, added, “This information comes just months after a Denver Post exposé revealing how pot businesses have concentrated themselves in low-income communities of color.  At the end of the day, the pot industry just wants to make money.  And if the history of the tobacco industry teaches us anything, they will focus on the disadvantaged and underprivileged to boost their bottom line.”

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As Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer producer, rebrands its trademark Budweiser ‘America’ through the November elections, public health advocates rebuke the company’s gimmicky marketing campaign as a shameful act of corporate greed under the guise of patriotism.

The U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance, a national coalition of organizations working to prevent alcohol-related harm, in partnership with Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert, is appealing to Americans to reject Budweiser’s stunt and let the brewer know America is not for sale.

“Budweiser’s marketing ploy to veil its true image by attaching itself to national pride is insulting,” said Diane Riibe, chair of the Alliance. “Bud Light and Budweiser are the #1 and #3 alcohol brands consumed by underage drinkers and equally preferred by underage youth regardless of age, gender or race/ethnicity,” according to studies conducted by Boston

University’s School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Riibe went on to say, “If being a truly equal opportunity drink for youth is patriotic, then Budweiser nails it. They have a long track record of targeting youth in their marketing and of trying to buy credibility on a fake ID.”

More than 88,000 deaths each year in the United States are attributable to excessive drinking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, costing American taxpayers $249 billion annually and draining the American economy. Allowing Budweiser to prop up their profits with their latest marketing stunt adds a new layer of insult to American families and taxpayers.

“Budweiser’s real America might more appropriately depict the community of Whiteclay, Nebraska (population 12) where alcohol’s devastation to residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation has earned the area the dubious title of ‘Skid Row of the Plains,’ and approximately 70 percent of the more than 12,000 cans of beer sold each day in the tiny town of Whiteclay is a Budweiser product,” said Frank LaMere, social and political activist from the Winnebago Tribe and recipient of the 2016 national Member of the Year Award from the National Indian Child Welfare Association. LaMere added, “Members of the Pine Ridge Reservation experience deplorable rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, suicide, alcohol dependence and destroyed lives. Perhaps this is the ‘America’ Budweiser should claim.”

Diane Riibe,
U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance Chair
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OCDPB 5 Year Rule Review Hearing

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals BoardPursuant to Section 119.03 of the Ohio Revised Code, notice is hereby given that the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) Board intends to conduct a public hearing.

The Board is conducting its Five Year Rule Review. This process allows the Board to review and evaluate each applicable rule for continued necessity of the rule and possible content modification.

A public hearing will be conducted:

Date: June 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Room: 1914
Location: Verne Riffe Center, 77 St., 19th Floor, Columbus, OH 43216

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board is recommending the following rules changes:

  • 4758-1-02 Notice of Board Meeting: This rule is being simplified to identify that all meeting information will be available on the board’s website
  • 4758-2-01 Definitions, Abbreviations and Titles: This rule provides definitions relevant to all other board rules.  We are making several minor definition updates
  • 4758-4-01 Formal Application for Licensure or Certification:  This rule outlines general procedures for applying for a license, certificate or endorsement with the Board.  The Board is making several minor amendments to this rule in preparation for a transition from paper applications to online applications.  Additionally, the Board is correcting a few typographical errors from prior submissions
  • 4758-8-01 Code of Ethics for Chemical Dependency Counselors:  This rule establishes the code of ethical conduct for chemical dependency counselors licensed by the Board.  We are replacing the term “dual relationship” in this rule with “multiple relationship” to remain consistent with field standards.  We are also clarifying that the private practice section is intended for independent licensees
  • 4758-8-02 Code of Ethics for Clinical Supervisors:  This rule establishes the code of ethical conduct for clinical supervisors licensed by the Board.  We are adjusting terminology in this rule to standardize supervisor and supervisee language
  •  4758-20-03 Procedures for accessing confidential personal information: This rule addresses how the Board accesses confidential personal information.  The Board is making a slight verbiage adjustment
  • 4758-20-04 Valid reasons for accessing confidential personal information: This rule address valid reasons for the board to access confidential personal information.  We are making a slight verbiage adjustment
  • 4758-20-06 Restricting and logging access to confidential personal information in computerized personal information systems: This rule sets parameters for the logging of access to confidential personal information

The proposed rule changes may be viewed in their entirety on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board website at

PreventionFIRST! 20th Anniversary Luncheon

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PreventionFIRST! of Cincinnati celebrated 20 years with a luncheon on April 29th.  Nearly 300 individuals attended, including Senator Rob Portman and First Lady Emeritus, Hope Taft.

Pictured from left to right are Mary Wolff of Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County, Derek Longmeier of The ATOD Prevention Group, Dr. Lara Belliston of OhioMHAS, Laura Allen of PreventionFIRST!

Pride, Bravery & Patriotism

Pride, Bravery & Patriotism – terms used in Bud Light’s latest add to promote Cinco de Mayo. While Cinco de Mayo has been morphed into an alcoholiday by brands, such as Bud Light, however, many of those ‘celebrating’ have no idea what Cinco de Mayo is. The holiday of Cinco de Mayo, The 5th of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16. As your communities celebrate this day, please ensure that it is done in a culturally appropriate manner, and not as a marketing tool to sell more alcohol.