Alcohol Ads Do Not Belong In National Parks

65 organizations, including the ATOD Prevention Group, have united to inform the National Parks Service that national parks are no place for alcohol advertising. Additional efforts are needed to ensure that our message is spread far and wide.

Here are some sample tweets that you can use:

.@NatlParkService: Say ‘NO’ to alcohol commercialism in #nationalparks. #RespectOurParks http://bit.do/adsinparks

 .@NatlParkService: Allowing alcohol logos in parks disregards public health, puts youth at risk #RespectOurParks http://bit.do/adsinparks

 Alcohol ads do not belong in #nationalparks, 66 groups tell @NatlParkService #RespectOurParks http://bit.do/adsinparks

The letter to the National Park Service is available here: alcohol-coalition-letter-to-the-nps-10-26-16.

Please do your part to ensure that alcohol policies are not further eroded by short-sighted efforts.

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$360K Awarded to 18 Counties to Support Drug-Free Workplaces

OhioMHAS has awarded funding to support 18 Drug-Free Workforce Community projects that create partnerships with local employers to increase job opportunities for individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorder, and reduce the number of positive employee drug screens.

The following county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services boards will each receive $20,000 for SFY 2017: Butler, Clark-Greene-Madison, Clermont, Columbiana, Fairfield, Geauga, Hamilton, Licking-Knox, Logan-Champaign, Mahoning, Marion-Crawford, Montgomery, Muskingum Area, Paint Valley, Putnam, Trumbull and Wood.

The Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI) is a public-private partnership between the State of Ohio and Working Partners® to address the economic threat of substance abuse by employees and job seekers in our state. The funding will enable OhioMHAS and county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services boards to assist job seekers in finding employment, assist businesses in implementing drugfree workforce policies, provide support to individuals who are currently employed who have a positive drug screen, and connect employers to trained and drug-free workers.

The collaborative effort will include partners such as Job and Family Services, Ohio Means Jobs, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Chamber of Commerce, health departments and ReEntry Coalitions.

For additional eUpdate news stories, visit: http://mha.ohio.gov/Portals/0/assets/News/eUpdates/eUpdateOCT16.pdf.

Counties Awarded Funding to Help Prevent Underage Drinking, Reduce Prescription Drug Misuse Among Youth and Young Adults

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) awarded funding to nine counties to help prevent underage drinking and reduce prescription drug misuse among youth and young adults. Champaign, Coshocton, Hardin, Holmes, Mercer, Seneca, Tuscarawas, Warren and Wayne counties will each receive $80,000 to implement Ohio’s Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS) initiative. Ohio’s SPF-PFS initiative is a five-year grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA/CSAP) and administered by OhioMHAS. Sub-grantees will be expected to establish community stakeholder teams to select evidence-based programs, practices, policies and strategies that address the prevention or reduction of consequences of underage drinking for persons aged 12 to 20, and the reduction of prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25. “Ohio’s PFS will help build an integrated public health infrastructure that more efficiently leverages prevention resources to support the alignment of prevention priorities from multiple systems at the community and state levels,” OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck said. “This initiative will enhance the capacity of the local community infrastructure by developing workforce capacity, which will lead to an increased use of evidence-based programs, practices, policies, and strategies to ensure that Ohio’s rural and Appalachian populations have equitable access to culturally competent prevention services.” Grant funds may be renewable for up to two additional years, dependent on the availability of federal funds and on demonstrated progress toward outcomes. Learn more about Ohio’s SPF-PFS initiative at: www.pfs.ohio.gov.

Additional OhioMHAS stories are available at e-Updates.

New Report: Driving While High, Youth Use, Crime, Arrests Surge Since Marijuana Legalization Began in Colorado and Washington

new report, released today by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and reviewed by senior researchers at Harvard, University of Colorado, Boston Children’s Hospital, and other public health research universities, examines the consequences of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington State. The report finds surges in youth pot use, hospital visits among young children, increases in fatal car crashes related to recent marijuana uses, greater workplace issues, more arrests of Black and Latino youth, and other negative consequences. 

One part reads: “Though it is still early-the full effects on mental health and educational outcomes, for example, will take many more years to fully develop-these ‘experiments’ in legalization and commercialization are not succeeding by any measure.”

The report also cites Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman who recently said, “The criminals are still selling on the black market. … We have plenty of cartel activity in Colorado (and) plenty of illegal activity that has not decreased at all.”

“Four years have passed since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, and the only winner is the pot lobby that is lining its pockets,” said Kevin Sabet, President of SAM. “What happened to the new schools? What happened to getting rid of drug dealers? None of that has come to pass.”

The report documents how marijuana businesses are concentrated in poor communities, and how the marijuana lobby has blocked legislation to deter use of illegal pesticides, sued

over restrictions on marijuana advertising targeting children, made it more difficult for local initiatives restricting marijuana businesses, and sponsored efforts to allow pot smoking in restaurants.

Jo McGuire, chair of SAM’s Colorado affiliate remarked, “This is not what we signed up for. Where is the control? This concept of ‘regulation’ is a farce. It is time to step up against the marijuana industry.”

For more information about marijuana policy, please visit http://www.learnaboutsam.org

Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success Sub-Grantees Announced

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Office of Prevention and Wellness today announced funding to nine counties to help prevent underage drinking and reduce prescription drug misuse among youth and young adults. Champaign, Coshocton, Hardin, Holmes, Mercer, Seneca, Tuscarawas, Warren and Wayne counties will each receive $80,000 to implement Ohio’s Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS) initiative. Sub-grantees will use the funding to establish community stakeholder teams to select evidence-based programs, practices, policies and strategies that address the prevention or reduction of consequences of underage drinking for persons aged 12 to 20, and the reduction of prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.