What's New - July 1, 1998

National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is kicking off the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign on July 9. The ONDCP media campaign site contains information about this campaign and the live audio and video webcast that will occur. You can also obtain detailed information from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) web site. The CADCA site contains information on how you can get involved with this campaign on a local level.

Safe and Drug Free Schools Program

The official site for the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program contains up-to-date program, grant and budget information. It also showcases model programs and relevant research.

Children and Tobacco

Want to find out about the U.S. government's initiative on children and tobacco? Go to the FDA's Children and Tobacco page for a copy of press materials, consumer and retailer information, court cases and the new regulations.

Alcohol Alert

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) publishes Alcohol Alert, a brief bulletin that summarizes research findings for health care workers and other professionals. NIAAA has placed the complete text of Alcohol Alerts on the web. Two recent Alerts are:
No. 41: Alcohol and Sleep (1998)
No. 40: Alcohol and Aging (1998)

New Links

Substance Dependency Induced Psychosis (SDIP) A proposed new diagnosis.
Recovery and Rehab in India
Psychology and Psychoanalysis in Spanish
Alcohol: Problems and Solutions
"Habilitat" the "School of Survival"
The Bridge of Humanity


National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive,
Suite 900,
Arlington, VA 22209

JUNE 1, 1998 - Not a single part of the House Republican Drug Task Force's recently released 12-item, 7-page drug control strategy addresses the need for addiction treatment.

Republican Congressmen like Minnesota's Jim Ramstad, Ohio's Rob Portman and Colorado's Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell recognize treatment's effectiveness in reducing demand. It's not too late for the Republican leadership to also hear our message that treatment effectively saves lives, restores families, and improves communities. Ask your Representatives to contact Congressmen Hastert, Portman, McCollum, Gingrich, Armey, DeLay, Boehner and other members of the Speaker's Drug Task Force. Have Senators contact Senators Lott, Nickles and Craig and tell them the Senate should not follow the House's lead. If we don't tell Congress now, the leadership will never recognize treatment's vital role.

Sample letter:

The address for all Representatives is:
The Honorable (First Name) (Last Name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The address for all Senators is:
Senator (First Name) (Last Name) U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Representative/Senator (Last Name):

I was disappointed to learn that the Speaker's Task Force for a Drug Free America did not address the nation's need for addiction treatment. This oversight unfairly risks portraying Republicans as unconcerned with the effective treatment of adolescents and others who desperately need our help.

Show that you and your party will address our nation's number one problem. Contact your colleagues on the Speaker's Task Force. Encourage them to include The Substance Abuse Treatment Parity Act (H.R.2409/S.1147) in their Drug Control Strategy. This bill will ensure that American workers and their families receive addiction treatment insurance coverage without placing a mandate upon employers. If we are serious about winning the battle against drug addiction, we must enlist the private and the public sector.

You can also show your support by becoming a cosponsor of the Parity Act. Join your colleagues, such as Representatives Jim Ramstad, Rob Portman, J.C. Watts, and Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell who are cosponsoring this bill to maximize fair access for America's working families to the most effective tools in the battle against addiction. In addition to the Parity Act, please support and encourage the Speaker's Task Force to include the following funding increases for treatment, prevention, and research programs in their drug control strategy:
Substance Abuse Treatment Block Grant $1.51 billion
CSAT Knowledge Development and Application Grant $180 million
CSAP Knowledge Development and Application Grant $170 million
CSAP's High Risk Youth Program $10 million
Safe and Drug Free Schools $606 million
Nat'l Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism $262.2 million
Nat'l Institute on Drug Abuse $658.9 million

Thank you for your interest in dealing with our nation's drug issues and your support for treatment as an effective demand-reducing tool.

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