The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention that blends a four-day, in-person component with a four-hour interactive online unit. The SAPST was developed by SAMHSA’s Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). The course is designed for prevention professionals with one to five years experience in the field. It may also be appropriate for professionals working in related fields, e.g. treatment, mental health etc. The SAPST training is grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). It provides knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.
Date: October 24-27, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
Location: Oasis Conference Center, Loveland, OH
Cost: $100 (includes CEUs & lunch daily)
Facilitators: Derek Longmeier & Lori Higgins
The SAPST prepares practitioners to:
- improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention guided by SPF;
- reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying the needs of vulnerable populations and improving cultural competency; and
- sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way.
The IC&RC Prevention Committee has endorsed the SAPST as an IC&RC approved curriculum. This endorsement provides assurance that the SAPST is applicable to IC&RC’s prevention specialist domains and can be used toward the education/training requirement for IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist credential. The SAPST has also been approved by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Participants completing the SAPST will receive a certificate for 28 hours of participation from PreventionFIRST!, along with a certificate from CAPT for the online component.
For questions or additional information, contact Nicole Schiesler at Nicole.OCAM@gmail.com.
“20 Years of Putting PreventionFIRST!”
Coalition Academy is PreventionFIRST!’s annual one-day, comprehensive conference that brings together community members from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to learn more about substance abuse prevention.
When: September 20, 2016
Where: Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, OH
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 General Public, $35 PF! Member Coalitions (light breakfast & lunch included)
To Register: http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event/2016-preventionfirst-coalition-academy-2138851930
The keynote address will be given by Harvard University’s Dr. Bertha Madras about the importance of using science to inform the public about marijuana’s harm. Regarding this topic, she has said, “This is not a war on drugs. It’s a defense of our brains.” Dr. Madras served as former deputy director of Demand Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). She has published research in the areas of drug addiction, ADHD, and Parkinson’s Disease.
Workshops include how to incorporate prevention into local school lesson plans, integrating proven developmental assets for kids into coalition work, creating new funding sources for your organization, and how to gain support from your local hospital for your coalition.
A new report, released yesterday by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office, shows a dramatic spike in traffic-related fatalities attributed to marijuana use in the almost four years since the state legalized the drug. Drivers testing positive for marijuana were a factor in 21 percent of all Colorado traffic deaths in 2015, up from only 10 percent in 2009.
At the same time, Colorado now ranks number one in past-month marijuana use among youths and college-age adults. Moreover, youth past-month use is now 74 percent higher than the national average, up from 39 percent higher than the national average in 2011-12.
“This information, compiled from publicly available statistics, is yet another example of hard data demonstrating what we have already suspected to be true: that legalized marijuana policies have a tremendously negative — and costly — impact on public health and safety, especially on our roads,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, co-founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). “Reports like this continue to prove that corporate, commercial interests are being prioritized over the well-being of our communities.”
According to the study, the increasing frequency of marijuana use correlates with a higher frequency of traffic deaths related to the drug. Marijuana-related traffic fatalities in Colorado have increased 62 percent since 2013, immediately after marijuana was legalized. And despite medical and recreational marijuana businesses being banned in 68 percent of local jurisdictions, there are still a total of 940 retail marijuana stores and marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, more than all the 322 Starbucks locations and 202 McDonald’s in the state combined.
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, commented, “These outcomes are certainly not what Colorado voters intended when they were promised ‘controls.’ It is time Colorado policy makers are held accountable to protect the citizens who were duped by the marijuana industry.”
“Colorado has become a corporate free-for-all for pot businesses,” said Jeffrey Zinsmeister, SAM’s Executive Vice President. “As the report shows, the marijuana industry is rapidly becoming the next Big Tobacco, placing profits before public health and public safety.”
The full Rocky Mountain HIDTA report can be found here.
For more information about marijuana policy, please visit http://www.learnaboutsam.org.