American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001-3710
(202) 777-APHA • Fax: (202) 777-2534
comments@apha.org • http://www.apha.org

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Chair Message

Greetings from the Chair

Linda M. Bosma, PhD

 

Since our winter newsletter, your ATOD Section Leadership has been busy preparing for two important upcoming meetings:  our annual conference in Washington, D.C., and the meeting later this June in Chicago on the Affordable Care Act/Health Reform. 

 

Implementing Health Reform:  The ATOD Section will be well represented in Chicago with several Section leaders attending.  Our goal is to continue to emphasize the need for health reform to focus on ATOD issues across the continuum from prevention to treatment to recovery.  We hope to network with others to encourage a strong emphasis on behavioral health in Affordable Care Act implementation. For more info, contact the ATOD Health Reform Workgroup headed by Kathye Gorosh, at kgorosh@newageservices.org.

 

ATOD Section Midyear Program & Business meetings:  Our midyear meetings were a big success!  Members met in D.C. to finalize abstract selection and the fall program.  (See more from Program Chair Lawrence Brown in this issue of the newsletter.)  Our business meeting featured a great discussion with David Mineta, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to explore ways the Section can collaborate with ONDCP as it emphasizes a public health approach. The meeting also included a health reform presentation by Becky Vaughn, CEO, State Associations of Addiction Services.

 

Fall conference in Washington, D.C.:  Start planning now for the fall conference in D.C.!  The ATOD Section will feature a wealth of information on the latest issues in our field.  Hotel rooms get booked fast in D.C., so make your reservations soon!  All ATOD sessions, business meetings, and social events will be located in the Washington Convention Center this year, making it handy to the Mix-and-Mingle Lounge and all hotels.

 

Next 25 Years Campaign:  Check Amber Thornton Bullock’s article in this newsletter for the Section’s Next 25 Years Campaign!  Amber is our new Fundraising Chair — here’s your chance to support the Section and be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to the APHA Bookstore!

 

Thanks to everyone for your great work — the Section is blessed with so many great leaders who volunteer their time, energy and expertise.  We encourage you to get involved and join our efforts!  

 

Update on APHA Annual Meeting

Update on APHA Annual Meeting 2011 ATOD Program

Lawrence S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH, FASAM

ATOD Program Chair

 

With more than 600 submissions to the ATOD Section for the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting (a record for our Section), the task of reviewing and selecting abstracts for the oral and poster sessions was daunting, despite the generous number of sessions allotted to us.  We would like to say “thank you” to the approximately 150 ATOD Section members who gave of their valuable time to do the reviews.

 

The large proportion of abstracts were of high quality, and the preferences listed by submitting authors created logistical challenges to the folks charged with arranging the program for 2011.  We say “well done” to the ATOD Section Program Planners who completed this task with diligence and dispatch.

 

The next task is to ensure that all of our oral sessions receive continuing education accreditation.  This was achieved last year, but for approximately half of the sessions, it required a second round of review by APHA staff to accomplish.  As a result, we were not recognized for our achievement at the 2010 ISC Meeting.  The goal this year is to obtain accreditation for all sessions in the first round of review.  As an added incentive, APHA has added new recognition items for 2011, including, among others, an article in The Nation’s Health and a CE Logo for our Newsletter. 

 

The final goal is to obtain co-sponsorship for our sessions from as many other APHA Sections, SPIGs, Caucuses, and Forums as possible.  Last year we obtained 65 co-sponsorships from 16 Sections, Caucuses, and Forums.  Obtaining first round accreditation for our oral sessions should help us to surpass last year’s results.  Last year we offered to co-sponsor 81 sessions offered by other Sections, SPIGs, Caucuses, and Forums.  All were accepted.  We expect to do at least as well in 2011.

 

Even the most successful endeavors provide opportunities for improvement.  For 2011, abstract submissions for our Student Award posters were less than 2010, which were less than 2009.  To reverse this trend, next year’s Call for Abstracts will need to showcase this session more prominently, or we may need to use additional outlets to spread the word.  In addition, there were other suggestions for improvement of our Call for Abstracts announcement that will be evaluated once the program planning for this year is complete. 

 

 

Update on Fundraising

Calling all ATOD Members!  Support ATOD’s next 25 years!

Amber Thornton Bullock, MPH, CHES

Fundraising Chair & Section Councilor

 

Last fall we celebrated our 25th anniversary – a time we appropriately acknowledged our great work.  I know that we are a group of ATOD movement builders that will not rest on our laurels. We are well poised as a strong, active ATOD Section to move onward and upward during our next 25 years – which starts right now!  

 

To move forward, we of course need to make sure there are sufficient financial resources available to support programming for the ATOD issues we so deeply care about.  While APHA provides some minimum resources, it is up to us to make up the rest to be able to sponsor various Section events.  

 

Today we officially announce our “Next 25 Years Campaign”. In honor of our 26th year, we are asking each ATOD member to make a $26 ATOD Section contribution.  As a further incentive for this campaign, we will host a drawing for all donors to this campaign during our Section reception at our APHA Annual Meeting in November.  The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the APHA Bookstore.  

 

APHA now has an easy online system in place for you to designate your contribution to our Section.  The link for online section contributions is http://www.apha.org/about/donate/Every Member/Sections/.  

 

Thank you very much for your support – and we look forward to your support of our 26th year.   So I invite you to contribute $26 to get this campaign off to a good start!

Coordinated Care Service Delivery Models

Integration – Coordinated Care Service Delivery Models – Where Are They?  How Can We Find Where They Are?

Kathye Gorosh

ATOD Health Reform Work Group Coordinator; Section Councilor; CEO, New Age Services

 

This new era of health care reform is bringing long overdue recognition to the need for integrated health care service delivery.  While "integration" is a keyword in many circles – it has multiple meanings, not unlike "co-occurring disorders" which references different disorders depending on the context (i.e., substance use and mental health; HIV and mental health; HIV and substance use).

 

What is emerging as a common understanding of the term is the connection between behavioral and physical health.  Evidence of Integration “projects” is beginning to emerge across the country as a variety of these care models have been funded similar to demonstration grants. Both primary care settings and behavioral health settings (with substance use often in standalone settings distinct from mental health) need to benefit from new funding opportunities that will assess population-based care as well as cost and utilization factors.  Generally speaking, this combination of care is described as integration or collaboration

 

In 2009, SAMHSA put out an RFA which funded 56 grantees as part of their PBHCI (Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration) program “for improving the physical health status of people with serious mental illnesses and substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.  It facilitates the integration of primary care services with the care delivered in publicly funded community mental health and other community-based behavioral health settings.” For what seems to be a partial listing of grantees, go to: http://www.samhsa.gov/Grants/2010/awards/sm-09-011.aspx.

 

The ATOD Section of APHA is seeking integrated service delivery models to share with our members.  Your agency may be such a model either out of necessity based on your geographic location (most likely outside of concentrated urban areas) or as a “work in progress” to meet the evolving needs dictated by the Affordable Care Act.  Or, you may have received funding to work specifically on integration.

 

As you may know, it continues to be an uphill struggle for “addiction” to be meaningfully included as part of behavioral health funding and planning – which commonly includes mental health specific services and excludes drug prevention and treatment.  Therefore, there is a continued need for your advocacy – particularly at the state and federal levels to specify addiction for funding and services.

 

Check out SAMHSA’s site on health reform – it is filled with information: tools, models, outcomes, research and other documents – with an overall focus on Integration and Health Homes: http://www.samhsa.gov/healthReform/healthHomes/index.aspx.

 

Please let the ATOD Section know of the name/location/contact person so we can compile a list to share with our members on our APHA ATOD website.  At this year’s Annual APHA meeting in D.C., we would like to arrange for a “tour” of local models.  Last year a group of us visited Arapahoe House in Denver - see newsletter article on “Exploring Local Services.”  Suggestions for D.C. are welcome!

 

Contact Kathye Gorosh at kgorosh@newageserivces.org or Linda Frazier at linda@publichealthconnections.com with your ideas, feedback or suggestions for future topics for the ATOD Newsletter.

 

On behalf of our Work Group – we would like to be a resource for our ATOD members and share select information as it becomes available.  We will be posting information on our APHA ATOD website: http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/atod/Resources/.  The "Resources and Links" will house key documents and links for the Section. 

 

 

Behavioral Health is essential to health ~~ Prevention Works ~~ Treatment is Effective ~~

People Recover

Exploring Local Services

Exploring Local Services at the Annual APHA meeting.

Linda J. Frazier

ATOD Section Councilor; Senior Partner, Public Health Connections

 

In November 2010 ATOD sponsored a site visit to Arapahoe House, a well-recognized Colorado community treatment provider, as part of the Annual Meeting activities. Section members met with staff and had an afternoon tour of the organization. Of particular interest was our discussion of Arapahoe House efforts to integrate their behavioral health services with primary health care for their clients by collaborating with a local family practice network, the Metro Community Provider Network of the Denver metro area (http://www.mcpn.com/welcome/Welcome.htm).

 

Arapahoe House provides drug treatment and mental health services to vulnerable individuals and families in metro Denver. For the last 35 years Arapahoe House has been empowering members of the community to find help, hope and healing from drugs and alcohol. With 13 locations and more than 20 specialized services, Arapahoe House is a leading non-profit provider of affordable drug and alcohol treatment and behavioral health services in Colorado. Arapahoe House services help more than 15,000 members of their community every year.  Services include addiction treatment for women and their children, teens, adults and families through residential, outpatient, housing, employment, DUI and women’s case management services.  Nationally recognized programs of Arapahoe House are designed to meet each client’s unique treatment needs to help give them a greater chance of recovery.

 

Interested in learning more about Arapahoe House? Visit www.arapahoehouse.org.

 

Know of a Washington, D.C., community provider we should consider for the ATOD 2011 Annual Meeting site visit? Contact Linda Frazier at linda@publichealthconnections.com or Kathye Gorosh at kgorosh@newageservices.org with your input or suggestions.

Mid-Annual Meeting Capitol Hill Visit Update

WALKING THE HILL! 

Speaking up for public health and alcohol, tobacco and other drug funding

Leonard Lamkin, MPA

 

A few members of the ATOD Section strolled up to Capitol Hill to speak with their Congress members and/or staff after the Mid-Year meeting.  The advocacy effort focused on:

1.    Support the Prevention and Public Health Fund - The fund was created as part of the Health Reform Act signed into law by President Obama.  It establishes “The Fund” administered by the HHS Office of the Secretary to provide for “expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs.”  The Fund can be used for any program authorized by the Public Health Service Act over fiscal year 2008 levels for “prevention, wellness, and public health activities.”  House and Senate Appropriations Committees may also allocate funds through appropriations legislation.

 

Update: The FY2011 Continuing Resolution did not specify allocations for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. In February 2011, HHS announced it intended to distribute the Prevention Fund as follows: Community Prevention - $298 million; Clinical Prevention - $182 million; Public Health Infrastructure - $137 million; and Research and Tracking - $133 million.

 

For more information on the announcement, please visit:

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/02/20110209b.html

 

Our effort was focused on educating members of Congress and their staff on the importance of this fund.

 

2.    Support Public Health Funding - Stop the proposed cuts to CDC.  We spoke with the Congressional staff about the important role of CDC. We also discussed proposed cutting in overall public health funding. Emphasis was placed on public health workforce development and the need to maintain or increase funding which will allow colleges/universities to educate a nursing workforce that is equipped to deal with the emerging issues which are related to health reform and mental health parity.

 

Our effort was to support increased funding for CDC and no public health cuts. Note: Freshman Republican Senator Kirk of Illinois, who usually supports funding for NIH and CDC, was proposing a 10 percent cut in all federal agencies including these which he considers to be important according to his staff person.

 

3.    Creation of the Addictions Institute – Our Section has serious concerns about the placement of population based research and programs into the proposed merger of NIAAA, NIDA and various tobacco research projects at NIH into one new addiction institute. The proposal would divest population level tobacco research from NCI.  The fact that the word “tobacco” does not appear in the announcement shows that there is still an opportunity to keep population-level and policy work at NCI where it belongs.  Part of our effort was to educate members of Congress and their staffs about population based efforts for tobacco, alcohol and drugs as well as what the cuts in intervention and treatment dollars would mean for their districts.  For more information see the editorial by Seffrin, et al. (on April 18, 2011)Tobacco and NIH: More than Addiction” at http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/search?fulltext=seffrin&submit=yes&x=0&y=0.

 

4.    Other: Prescription drop-off program - The Office of National Control Drug Policy and the Drug Enforcement Administration have launched prescription drop off dates. The problem is that the current law only allows for DEA agents to accept expired prescription drugs.  A change in the law to pharmacists would allow for more expired drugs to be disposed of properly.  This is an important issue for three public health reasons: (1) expired medications pose a potential health risk/patient safety for not only our seniors but all who take regular medications; (2) the medicine cabinet has become a place for adolescents and young adults to access medications for illegal use; and lastly (3) medications thrown down the drain/toilet can pose a risk to our drinking supply.

 

5.    Other: Flavored cigars – Michael Byron explained his concern that the 2009 legislation gives the FDA control over tobacco banned fruit/candy flavoring in cigarettes, where they are used rarely, but allowed them to stay in use in little cigars, where they are much more common.  Staff were presented with some examples of these products and were told of concerns that brightly-packaged apple and strawberry flavored cigars would certainly appeal to underage youth.  Staff said the issue will be relayed to Congressman Cummings (D-Md.) and see whether he might want to get involved. This issue was also raised with Congressman Davis (D-Ill.).

 

Other thoughts for the future:

  1. Perhaps the most useful thing we could do would be to meet with Republicans and any Democrats who are more on the fence about the APHA’s issues; in many of our meetings we were preaching to the choir.  
  2. Reconsider the paradigm we are using to address member of Congress.  We are dealing with a new Congress.  Many see no role for the federal government. Congressman Royce is an example: His constituency has voted him into office for 10 terms.  I believe we need to strategize better to better reach these types of Congress members where they live - we need to influence their constituency.

We need all of our Section Members:

  1. To sign up for action alerts – http://action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/Advocacy.
  2. Get to know their federal elected office holders.
  3. Visit them either in D.C. or back home at their offices, town halls, etc.
  4. Then thank them for their time and remind them of the issue (follow-up).

SPEAK UP FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUG FUNDING!

Note: Thank you to all who took part in the Hill Visits: Vanessa Millar; Michael Byron; Lawrence Brown; Leonard Lamkin, and Kathye Gorosh.

Update on Tobacco Control Policy Efforts

Update on Local/State Tobacco Control Policy Efforts

Cynthia Hallett, MPH

ATOD Section Chair Elect

 

On May 9-11, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights co-hosted the first ever National Smokefree Gaming Symposium in Las Vegas at a smokefree venue.  

 

The goal of the Symposium was not only to raise awareness and share research about the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in casinos, but to truly strengthen the movement and solidify our strategies making all casinos 100 percent smokefree. 

 

Highlights from the Symposium:

      In collaboration with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights released “Fighting for Air: Secondhand Smoke in Casinos,” an eight-minute documentary which features current and former casino workers affected by secondhand smoke exposure. Watch for a link to the documentary on our website at www.smokefreecasinos.org.

 

      Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly attended the Symposium with First Lady Martha Shelley, to accept an award and standing ovation for signing an Executive Order making all workplaces on the Navajo Nation lands 100 percent commercial tobacco-free. Although his Executive Order did not take effect due to a procedural challenge, President Shelley is committed to supporting legislation this session to make sure that all workers are protected against secondhand smoke. 

 

      New research was presented, including research examining secondhand smoke levels in 66 smoky casinos in five states and three casinos that are smokefree. James Repace of Tufts University presented these findings, which provide conclusive evidence that casino workers face extremely dangerous risks as a condition of their employment.

 

      A panel of casino workers shared personal stories of suffering and said they would no longer sit silently by while forced to work in unsafe conditions. Legal experts also presented potential options for workers ready to fight back.

 

Much like in the early years of fighting for smokefree restaurants, the same arguments are thrown at us from the opposition.  Fortunately, the smokefree gaming movement has strong science and solid public support behind it and both are growing quickly.  It’s no longer a question of if casinos will be smokefree, but a question of when.

 

Thanks to everyone who attended the conference; we look forward to a productive year working together toward our goal of 100 percent smokefree casinos!

Note: Originally printed in the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Summer 2011 newsletter, UPDATE. Reprinted with permission.

Update on Menthol in Cigarettes

Menthol Country: Come to Where the Flavor is

André Stanley

ATOD Section Governing Councilor and Awards Chair

 

New research published in the May 2011 edition of the American Journal of Public Health cites several studies that provide specific evidence that menthol cigarettes have adverse health effects on African American smokers.  The research concludes that there is substantial public support for the removal of mentholated cigarettes from the U.S. market, an action the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is presently considering.

 

For decades the tobacco industry heavily marketed menthol cigarettes to minorities, and as a result, the menthol smoking rates among minorities are disproportionately high (80 percent of African American smokers now smoke menthol cigarettes). African Americans are further disadvantaged because though more menthol smokers try to stop, fewer are successful at quitting, especially African Americans. The most effective way to tackle this appalling figure is to reduce the number of people who begin smoking in the first place. A ban on menthol cigarettes would effectively do just that. 


“With the momentum of this new research and public support for a ban on menthol, now is the time for the FDA to finally act on this important issue. Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer, and the link between menthol smoking and African Americans cannot be overemphasized, nor can it be overlooked,” said Dr. David Abrams senior author of the aforementioned studies.

 

Menthol is derived from the peppermint plant and provides a minty flavor and cooling sensation in cigarettes, covering up the tobacco taste and reducing the throat irritation associated with smoking.  Therefore, menthols lure young people into taking up a deadly addition. Newer and younger smokers use menthol cigarettes at dramatically higher rates than older, established smokers.

 

Menthols have long been marketed as having medicinal benefits.  The earliest ads encouraged smokers to switch to a menthol brand to “combat a cough.”  The truth is that there is no evidence that menthol cigarettes are safer than any other cigarette. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, enacted in 2009, bans flavoring cigarettes with any herb or spice, or strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry or coffee flavor – except for menthol. The reason for this, of course, is because of the influence of the tobacco industry.

 

If a menthol ban goes into effect, researchers project conservatively that 340,000 deaths will be averted from 2011 to 2050, a third of them among African Americans. Data also show that more than half of all Americans support a ban on menthol, with greater support among African Americans. So let’s keep the pressure on Congress and get menthol cigarettes out of the U.S. market.

 

The studies were commissioned by the American Legacy Foundation and published in AJPH.

Smoke-free Public Housing in Illinois

Smoke-Free Public Housing in Lake County, Ill.

Leonard Lamkin, MPA

 

A senior citizen tired of holding a tissue over her mouth to combat secondhand smoke infiltrating her apartment, raised these concerns for over the last five years.  The 83-year-old lung cancer survivor and former smoker can breathe more easily now.

 

On Sunday, May 8, 2011, eight Lake County owned senior public housing complexes went smoke-free. The Lake County Housing Authority Executive Director has been quoted as saying, “We stepped up in order to protect our residents.” They are working with the county health department to offer smoking cessation advice to those who want it. About a dozen have quit so far. First-time violators are fined $100. Residents, visitors and staff must also be at least 20 feet away from doorways in order to smoke. The housing authority believes it will reduce the costs of cleanings and re-painting apartments as well as reduce fire hazards.

 

The remaining county owned public housing is scheduled to come under the ban on May 1, 2012. Lake County has become the largest in Illinois to outlaw smoking throughout entire buildings including tenants’ own apartments. Chicago and Cook County have no such ordinance.

 

Other Lake County community smoke-free ordinances include Buffalo Grove, which bans smoking on park district property, Deerfield at outdoor events, public park grounds, beaches, outdoor venues & events, miniature golf courses, public golf driving ranges, vehicle platforms, gas stations, City Hall & library campus in Highland Park and Lake Bluff, and fixed seating of outdoor arenas, within 25 feet of park district playgrounds, skate parks, & athletic fields in Vernon Hills.

Smokiest Cities

Top 10 Smokiest Cities

To learn about the top 10 smokiest cities, click onto the CBS News website for a slide show:  http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10007038.html.

Resource from TReND

Resource from TReND

The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities, or TReND, is pleased to announce the release of the special journal issue, Cigarette Smoking Interventions Among Diverse Populations.  This issue, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, includes 15 papers that provide insight into how to effectively reduce tobacco’s impact on populations who are disproportionately affected by tobacco use. In this special issue, researchers examine the use and efficacy of various evidence-based interventions among diverse populations, including African Americans and Hispanics.  

We invited you to review these papers and share them with your colleagues. Hard copies can be ordered through NCI in the near future.

For more information, please visit: http://ajhpcontents.org/toc/hepr/25/sp5.

ATOD Health Reform Workgroup

ATOD & Health Reform Workgroup

There are numerous resources on the ATOD & Health Reform Resource webpage, which include recently added articles by Kathye Gorosh and John O’Brien as well as Job Listings/Postings at: http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/atod/Resources.

Resource from APIS

States Enact Significant Alcohol Policy Changes in 2009

 

The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a project by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, announces its latest update of state-by-state alcohol policies. The update reports developments in 29 current APIS policy topics, for the period 1/2/2009 through 1/1/2010.

 

There were 34 policy changes across the APIS topics during this reporting period including: 

 

Underage Drinking

 

  • Three States (Arkansas, Tennessee, and Utah) enacted new Prohibition against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties (social host) laws. 
  • Four States revised their "Use/Lose" laws, which penalize youth for using alcohol by imposing the loss of a young person's driver's license.  Illinois and Utah made license sanctions mandatory; Maryland added consumption as a use/lose violation. Arkansas enacted a discretionary use/lose law for those under 18.

 

Alcohol Control Systems

 

  • Alabama, Montana, and West Virginia enacted legislation that altered the availability of beer with high alcohol content in State-run and licensed establishments. 

 

Health Insurance: Loss Due to Intoxication (UPPL Laws)

 

  • Ohio and North Dakota enacted statutes that prohibit insurers from denying payment for insurance benefits for losses due to the intoxication of the insured.

 

Health Insurance Parity for Alcohol-Related Treatment 

 

  • Eight States revised their Health Insurance Parity laws.  Five States (Kansas, Massachusetts, Washington, South Carolina, and West Virginia) enhanced their laws by adding mandates pertaining to various elements of coverage.  Nevada and Arkansas eliminated their “must cover” and “must offer” mandates, respectively, while Alaska shifted from a “must cover” to “must offer” mandate.

 

Visit the APIS website to obtain details on these and other important policy developments across the country:  http://www.alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/.  Many of these changes are consistent with the goal of reducing underage drinking and its consequences as well as alcohol-related death and injury in the general population.

 

This project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN267200800007C.

Update on Synthetic Marijuana

Emergency Scheduling of Chemicals Used for Synthetic Marijuana

The Drug Enforcement Administration exercised its emergency scheduling authority to control five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make so-called "fake pot" products. This action makes possessing and selling of these chemicals or products illegal in the United States except as authorized by law. This emergency action was necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public health and safety. The temporary scheduling action will remain in effect for at least one year while the DEA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services further study the effects of these chemicals.

Over the past couple of years, smokeable herbal products marketed as being "legal" and as providing a marijuana-like high have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. These products consist of plant material that has been coated with research chemicals that claim to mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops, and over the Internet. These chemicals, however, have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption, and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process. Brands such as "Spice," "K2," "Blaze," and "Red X Dawn" are labeled as herbal incense to mask their intended purpose.

"Young people are being harmed when they smoke these dangerous ‘fake pot' products and wrongly equate the products' ‘legal' retail availability with being ‘safe'," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. "Parents and community leaders look to us to help them protect their kids, and we have not let them down. Today's action, while temporary, will reduce the number of young people being seen in hospital emergency rooms after ingesting these synthetic chemicals to get high."

Prescription Monitoring Programs for Prevention

Using Prescription Monitoring Programs to prevent prescription drug abuse, misuse, and diversion

Meelee Kim, MA

ATOD Section Newsletter Editor

 

The current National Survey on Drug Use and Health results point to a rise in non-medical use of prescription drugs from 2.5 percent of the population in 2008 to 2.8 percent in 2009. Nearly one-third of people age 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically. Illicit drug use increased from 5 percent to 12 percent among active duty military service members over a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, primarily attributed to prescription drug abuse. While motor vehicle accidents have historically been the leading cause of death due to injuries in the United States, 17 states and the District of Columbia are now seeing druginduced deaths as the leading cause of injury deaths.   

 

“These results are a wake-up call to the nation. Our strategies of the past appear to have stalled out with generation ‘next.’ Parents and caregivers, teachers, coaches, faith and community leaders, must find credible new ways to communicate with our youth about the dangers of substance abuse.” -  SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, JD

 

State Prescription Monitoring Programs, or PMPs, have great potential to help curb and prevent prescription drug abuse, misuse and deaths because they can serve as a public health and public safety tool. Currently, there are 48 states and a U.S. territory that have legislation in place that enables the implementation of a PMP.  While PMPs vary from state to state, they share a common denominator: the potential to (1) serve as a tool for better patient care and treatment; (2) serve as an early warning system of drug epidemic; (3) and assist law enforcement in cases of prescription drug diversion.      

 

For more information on how state PMPs can have an impact on the prescription drug epidemic, please visit the PMP Center of Excellence at Brandeis University website: http://www.pmpexcellence.org/.

 

Special thanks to Leonard Paulozzi, CDC; Regina LaBelle and Timothy Condon, ONDCP; Nicholas Reuter, SAMHSA; and Thomas Clark, PMP Center of Excellence, for their expertise and presentations of data findings and summary reports.

Blogs of Interest

Blogs of Interest

Featured on the National Public Health Week blog are blogs from Dr. Cheryl Cherpitel and ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske. Both contributed to highlight the role of alcohol and other drugs in accidental overdoses and injuries. 

See their blog posts at: http://www.nphw.blogspot.com/.

APHA Book Publications

Update on APHA Book Publications

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD

APHA Publications Board Chair

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number of books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

APHA members of all Sections are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources.  Go to the APHA website to find out more: www.aphabookstore.org. 

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA, nina.tristani@apha.org.

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

New

  • Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP

Books at Printer in June

·      Megacities and Public Health, Omar Khan, MD, MHS

  • Public Health Management of Disasters,
3rd edition, Linda Landesman

Books Currently in Production

  • Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD

  • School–Based Health Care, Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD

    Books in Development

    • Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition
    • Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book
    • Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods, 5th Edition
    • Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
    • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition

    E-Books

          Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.

    Co-sponsored Books

    Jossey-Bass: Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.

    Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 Annual Meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.

    APHA is also co-publishing with Wiley, Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson. The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.

     
  • Public Health and Transportation

    Public Health & Transportation

    These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

    Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

    We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization.

    For more information, visit http://apha.org/transportation.

    APHA Annual Meeting

    APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition

    Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011. 

    More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit www.apha.org/meetings.

    Our Section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to visit the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA to speak to a Section representative.

    Conference on Underage Drinking Laws

    13th National Leadership Conference on Underage Drinking Laws

    Join the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center in “Spotlighting Community Solutions to Underage Drinking” in Orlando, Fla., from  August 10-12, 2011.

    As the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program marks its 13th National Leadership Conference, be a part of the nation's preeminent Conference on Underage Drinking!

    The conference will feature:

    • Excellent Content - What’s  worked and what’s new in the prevention and enforcement of underage drinking laws.
  • Unique and Informative - Research-based plenary sessions, workshops and experiential learning exercises.
  • Develop Stronger Relationships – In your state and across the country.
  • Learning Opportunities – To sustain your local efforts and implement effective underage drinking prevention strategies
  • For more information, please visit: www.udetc.org.

    INEBRIA Conference

    8th Annual INEBRIA Conference

    Registration is now open!

    Early bird reduced rates available until July 15.

    When: Sept. 21-23, 2011   

    • Sept. 21: Implementing and Sustaining Alcohol and Other Drug Screening and Brief Intervention (AOD-SBI) Meeting: Lessons from Large Scale Efforts.
    • Sept. 22-23: INEBRIA Conference - New Frontiers: Translating Science to Enhance Health.

    Where: Liberty Hotel, Boston

    These conferences will communicate new findings from research on screening and brief intervention (SBI, also known as early identification and brief intervention, EIBI), foster professional collaborations, and facilitate the development and dissemination of SBI research with a particular focus on implementation and sustainability.

    To submit an abstract, workshop or symposium, or to register for the conference, go to: www.inebriaboston.org or http://www.bumc.bu.edu/care/inebria/ or http://inebria2011.jbsinternational.com/Register.aspx.

     

    AHSR Conference

    2011 Addictions Health Services Research Conference

    Registration for the 2011 Addiction Health Services Research conference is now open. The conference will take place at the Mason Inn in Fairfax, Va., Oct. 3-5, 2011.  This year's theme is "Service Integration: From Client to Organization to Funding Agencies."

    For more information, please visit: http://guest.cvent.com/d/ldqywb.

    If you have questions, please contact Amy Murphy at ebct@gmu.edu or (703) 993-5222.

    AMERSA Annual Conference

    35th AMERSA Annual National Substance Abuse Conference

    The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse is pleased to announce its 35th Annual AMERSA National Conference to be held Nov. 3-5, 2011, at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Va.

    The meeting will reflect on AMERSA’s interdisciplinary strengths and the commitment to disseminate the latest developments in substance abuse education, prevention, treatment and research that challenge all health care professionals.  We have planned an exciting program featuring research abstracts, skill-focused workshops, and plenary speakers addressing issues of national and international importance. Both CME and CEU credits will be offered.

    Conference Travel Awards –

    AMERSA is pleased, once again, to offer full or partial awards for up to 15 health care professionals (new attendees only) to attend the 2011 AMERSA National Conference.

    For more information, and to apply online, please visit www.amersa.org or contact Doreen@amersa.org.

    Fellowship at UCSF

    Post-Doctoral Fellowships at UCSF

    POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS: One- to two-year NIH/NIDA-funded positions as postdoctoral scholars in drug abuse treatment and services research are available in a multidisciplinary research environment in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.

    Scholars work with a preceptor to design and implement studies on the treatment of drug dependence, and select a specific area of focus for independent research. Director Dr. James Sorensen and Co-Directors Drs. Steven Batki, Kevin Delucchi, Joseph Guydish, Sharon Hall, Carmen Masson, and Constance Weisner are all involved with either the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) or Treatment Research Center (TRC). Training of psychiatrists, women, and minorities for academic research careers is a priority.

    Send CV, research statement, samples of work, and two (2) letters of recommendation to Barbara Paschke, 2727 Mariposa St., Suite 100, San Francisco, CA  94110; (415) 437-3032; Barbara.paschke@ucsf.edu.

    Additional information including faculty research interests is available at: http://ucsftrc.autoupdate.com/post_doctoral_program.vp.html.

     

    ATOD on Facebook

    ATOD Section on Facebook!

    Andrea Frydl, MHS, CHES

    ATOD Section Councilor

     

    Call for Content!

    We are searching for relevant and timely content to update our Facebook, Twitter, and Web pages with.  If you have events or important news stories that you would like to share with the group about your respective fields, please send us the information so we can feature it through Facebook, Twitter or our website.  Examples of relevant featured content are: a call for public comment on a new regulation, a newly released report on alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, an upcoming conference, etc. 

    Please email Andrea Frydl at afrydl01@hotmail.com or our main ATOD email address at aphaatod@gmail.com

    Follows us at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/APHA-ATOD-Section/101252503240336?v=info

    Twitter: @APHA_ATOD

    Website: http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/atod/

    SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/APHAATOD

     

    ATOD Listserv

    ATOD Listserv Available

    The ATOD Section has set up a listserv to help members communicate with each other on matters relating to policy, practice and research in the areas our Section covers. The listserv is a way to quickly inform others of developments, solicit assistance on matters of ATOD policy and its implementation and alert our members to opportunities and events of interest.

    Control of the listserv will remain exclusively with the ATOD Section, and all listings will be kept strictly confidential. Messages will be disseminated only after the sender and message content have been "vetted" as appropriate for our Section.

    To join the listserv, e-mail your name and e-mail address to Listserv Coordinator Mary Brolin at brolin@brandeis.edu.

    To provide a message for posting (after vetting), e-mail the material to Listserv Coordinator Mary Brolin at brolin@brandeis.edu. You do not have to be a member of the Listserv to post messages.

    Tell your colleagues about upcoming events, conferences, programs, research, opportunities or anything you are interested in. If your e-mail address changes or you wish to unsubscribe, e-mail Mary as well.

    E-mail address

    Keep Your E-mail Address Up to Date

    E-mail has become a primary means of communication within our Section and APHA. Please notify APHA of any changes in your e-mail address or other contact information at www.apha.org.

    If you are part of the ATOD Listserv, please notify Mary Brolin at brolin@brandeis.edu of any changes in your e-mail address.

    Newsletter Articles

    Newsletter Articles Requested

    This is your newsletter, so please send us information you would like to share with your colleagues. We're interested in summaries of conferences, commentaries on articles, research or policies and announcements about conferences. If you have important news, we'd like to hear about it and publish it in the APHA-ATOD Section Newsletter.

    Please e-mail your news to Meelee Kim at mlkim@brandeis.edu.

    The deadline for our 2011 Fall Issue is in mid-September.

    ATOD Leadership

    2011 ATOD Leadership Roster

    Chair

    Linda M. Bosma

    aphalinda@bosmaconsulting.com

    Chair Elect

    Cynthia Hallett

    Cynthia.hallett@no-smoke.org

    Immediate Past Chair

    Ann G. Mahony

    agmpublichealth@gmail.com

    Program Chair

    Lawrence Brown

    lbrown@artcny.org

    Secretary

    Amanda Woodfield French

    Amanda.French@hhs.gov

    Section Council

    Deborah McLellan

    Deborah_mclellan@comcast.net

    April Brubach

    april.brubach@fda.hhs.gov

    Amber Thornton Bullock

    abullock@legacyforhealth.org

    Linda J. Frazier

    Fraz0031@umn.edu

    Andrea Frydl

    afrydl01@hotmail.com

    Kathye Gorosh 

    kgorosh@newageservices.org

    Action Board Representative

    Vanessa Miller

    planet.mars4@att.net

    Program Guide

    Amanda Woodfield French

    Amanda.French@hhs.gov

    Event Coordinator

    Carol Schmitt

    cschmitt@rti.org

    Website & Social Media Coordinator

    Andrea Frydl

    afrydl01@hotmail.com

    Membership Chair

    Open

    Open

    Section Booth

    LT Brandon Johnson

    Brandon.johnson@samhsa.hhs.gov

    Student Assembly Liaison

    Justin Byron

    jbyron@americanlegacy.org

    Newsletter Editor

    Meelee Kim

    mlkim@brandeis.edu

    Listserv Coordinator

    Mary Brolin

    brolin@brandeis.edu

    Governing Council

    Kris Bosworth

    boswortk@u.arizona.edu

    Tom Greenfield

    tgreenfield@arg.org

    Andre Stanley

    andre.stanley@healthwellnc.com

     

    Katherine C. Smith

    kasmith@jhsph.edu

    Fundraising Chair

    Amber Thorton Bullock

    abullock@legacyforhealth.org

    Awards Chair

    Andre Stanley

    Andre.stanley@healthwellnc.com