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PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON COMBATING ADDICTION AND THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC FINAL REPORT RELEASED
On November 1, 2017, the Commission voted unanimously to adopt the final report. All meeting agendas, minutes, and recordings can be accessed on the White House Meetings page.
While the report is filled with important recommendations, it fails to fully address the needs of children and families impacted by addiction a vital component to combating intergenerational substance misuse. Make your voice heard as an advocate for more programs and resources that help the children of addiction by contacting your members of the Senate or House of Representatives.
COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC) SEASON IS IN FULL SWING
CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. If you are a federal employee, check out the CFC Campaign Locator and please consider NACOA (#12020) when making your donation.
NIAAA DEBUTS TREATMENT NAVIGATOR
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism released its new Alcohol Treatment Navigator, an online resource to help people recognize and find high quality care for alcohol use disorders. It’s a comprehensive tool designed to help individuals and their loved ones navigate the complicated process of choosing treatment for alcohol problems. The Treatment Navigator: does not include treatment options for adolescents; does not provide clinical advice, but is designed for those who have already identified a need for treatment; is comprehensive and easy to use; provides assistance in finding evidence-based options; assists not only individuals and families, but professionals such as primary care physicians who are not addiction certified; and includes recommendations of questions to ask providers in the evaluation process. As a Friends of NIAAA partner, NACoA co-sponsored a Congressional briefing introducing this much needed tool. We are hopeful it will be especially beneficial for children whose parents will be able to find comprehensive treatment and support when struggling with alcoholism.
NACOA’S CELEBRATING FAMILIES!™ IN OKLAHOMA PRISON DIVERSION PROGRAMS
Our Celebrating Families!™ program is an integral part of Oklahoma’s program to keep pregnant women out of prison, providing opportunities for them to work on recovery and learn how to be a mother while breaking the cycle of addiction and prison in the next generation. Read about how the program is being used at PBS.org.
CELEBRATING FAMILIES!™ 0-3 YEARS SUPPLEMENT NOW OFFERED AS A STAND ALONE PROGRAM
The Celebrating Families!™ 0-3 Years Supplement, is now available as a stand-alone program. This curriculum, rolled out last summer as an enhancement to existing programs, provides sites the opportunity for young families to practice skills that support attachment, communication, social skills, and resiliency. For more information about the supplement and training opportunities for your facility or community collaboration, contact NACoA’s Director of Programs Mary Beth Collins: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY: SATURDAY OCTOBER 28, 2017
National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. Learn more about how and where you can dispose of drugs safely here. You can also check with your local police department about additional collection sites in your area.
RED RIBBON WEEK: OCTOBER 23 – 31, 2017
Each year, the National Family Partnership (NFP) provides drug awareness with its Red Ribbon Campaign. This year’s theme is “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug-Free,” and can be celebrated through a variety of activities and resources found on RedRibbon.org. We’re so thankful that one of our affiliates, Informed Families in Miami, is collaborating with NFP to once again raise awareness on this important issue and encourage young people to take part in Red Ribbon activities. Kudos to everyone committed to bringing this national campaign to your local community.
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