The Idaho RADAR Center provides free information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to Idaho residents only. It includes a Video Lending Library of over 900 titles and functions as a statewide information clearinghouse and resource referral center.
Lock Your Meds Idaho
Idaho has experienced a 250% increase in drug induced deaths since 2000. In Idaho in 2011, over 20% of high school students reported taking a prescription drug without a doctors prescription. These youth overwhelmingly reported that they obtained these drugs from family members or friends. Your medicine cabinet, nightstand, purse could be their drug supplier. Be Aware. Don’t Share.
Administered by the Institute for the Study of Addiction
The Center, a Boise State University program, is administered by the Institute for the Study of Addiction in conjunction with the College of Education & the College of Health Sciences.
We are located in the Chrisway Annex Building
The Chrisway Annex, formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, is located on the corner of University and Chrisway Drive.
Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover.
Marijuana Talk Kit
Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens.
SBIRT Webinar Series
The Hospital SBIRT Initiative is a multi-year campaign that aims to prepare the nation’s hospitals to screen, prevent and treat the unhealthy alcohol, drug and tobacco use of patients that complicate treatment and increase risk of subsequent disease and disability. Click here for more information on the webinars.
Use of a dangerous synthetic cathinone[link to drug facts] drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PDP), popularly known as “Flakka,” is surging in Florida and is also being reported in other parts of the country, according to news reports. Alpha-PVP is chemically similar to other synthetic cathinone drugs popularly called “bath salts,” and takes the form of a white or pink, foul-smelling crystal that can be eaten, snorted, injected, or vaporized in an e-cigarette or similar device. The drug has been linked to deaths by suicide as well as heart attack. It can also dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage or kidney failure.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide alert in response to a surge in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the narcotic drug fentanyl, the most potent opioid available for medical use. “Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate throughout the United States and represent a significant threat to public health and safety.”
Emerging Trend: Caffeine Powder
The FDA is warning about powdered pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers, and recommends avoiding these products. In particular, FDA is concerned about powdered pure caffeine sold in bulk bags over the internet. Follow these links from the NIH and FDA to learn more about the dangers of caffeine powder.
Community Coalitions of Idaho Newsletter
Community Coalitions of Idaho is a non-profit organization that was created in 2009 to strengthen advocacy efforts for substance abuse prevention in Idaho. CCI works to facilitate collaboration and encourage cooperation among Idaho community coalitions in order to address policies and issues with a united voice.
Campaign for a Healthy Alcohol Marketplace Newsletter
Advocates who want to loosen or eliminate various alcohol regulations claim our laws are “antiquated, byzantine, or from the Prohibition era.” Their conclusion is that alcohol should be sold in our free market system just like any other legal product. How do we answer such claims? We need to help clarify the issue by stating that all products sold for human consumption must be regulated for public health and safety; that the US markets are highly regulated; that government interference is often needed to keep markets competitive and free of monopolistic domination.
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OJJDP Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center
Resource Alert- August 2015
OJJDP established the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) in 1999 to support its Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program.
ATTC’s Messenger- Monthly Newsletter
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network accelerates lasting change in behavioral health care systems by translating, disseminating and promoting the adoption and implementation of effective and culturally sensitive clinical practices.
NIAAA Spectrum is an online Webzine published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It features the latest news from the alcohol research field, storytelling graphics, and interviews with NIAAA staff and researchers from the field. The latest issue is now available- Volume 7, Issue 2
“Talk. They Hear You” Online Simulation
New online simulation gives parents an opportunity to practice having the talk about alcohol with kids. TRY IT!