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.
RADAR Center Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8 am to 5 pm
Drop-ins are welcome!
- The Ultimate Party Foul
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council launch their first-ever public service campaign, targeting underage drinking and driving.
- Lock Your Meds Idaho
In 2011, over 20% of Idaho high school students reported taking prescription drugs without a doctors prescription. Your medicine cabinet, nightstand, or 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 and 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.
- Prevent Impaired Driving: A CADCA Toolkit
This Toolkit is designed to guide you through the process of developing a comprehensive plan to address alcohol impaired driving in your community.
- National Recovery Month
September is National Recovery Month! Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
- National Recovery Month International Essay Contest
In the tradition of National Recovery Month, we are asking people who are in recovery from substance use or mental health disorders to participate in an international essay contest to help us harness the power of stories.
As part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Red Ribbon Week campaign, the DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are co-sponsoring a Campus Video PSA Contest for colleges and universities to promote the importance of preventing illicit drug use and legal drug misuse among college students. Eligible entrants can create and submit a 30- to 60-second video PSA showcasing the underlying message behind Red Ribbon Week—commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, especially among college students. The college or university with the winning PSA will receive a plaque and $1,000 to support their campus’s drug abuse prevention efforts. This Contest begins today (September 12, 2016), and ends on October 21, 2016 (see attached for official rules and promotional flier). The winner will be announced at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ 2017 Strategies Conference, January 19–21, 2017, in Austin, Texas. This conference provides student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention through comprehensive and integrative approaches.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide warning to the public and law enforcement about human use of the potent animal opioid
sedative carfentanil, one of the strongest opioids available. Carfentanil, a fentanyl analog with a potency approximately 10,000 times that of morphine, has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths nationwide. It is used as a sedative or in general anesthesia for large animals, including elephants, but is not approved for use in humans.
In August 2016, NIDA posted carfentanil warnings by authorities in Ohio and Florida. As with many fentanyl analogs, it is likely that carfentanil is being added to mixtures of heroin and other street drugs, but it is not known how often carfentanil is being added to or substituted for other opioids in street drugs, underscoring its danger.
Kratom, a plant-based drug with opioid-like effects, is an emerging public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns. Kratom can lead to psychosis, seizures and death, the CDC said. It is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drugs of Concern list, but is unregulated at the federal level. For more information on the drug Kratom, click here.
DEA Warning to Police and Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills
On June 10th, 2016, the DEA released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences. This video stresses the importance of taking the drugs directly to the lab rather than testing on the scene. The immediate release document highlights the importance of the video, additional information on fentanyl and handling procedures.
NDEWS monitors emerging drug use trends to enable health experts, researchers, and concerned citizens across the country to respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds.
Use of a dangerous synthetic cathinone drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP), 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.
DEA Issues Alert on Fentanyl-Laced Heroin
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, the 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.
“Talk. They Hear You” Online Simulation
New online simulation gives parents an opportunity to practice having the talk about alcohol with kids. TRY IT!
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