During the week of January 18, SAMHSA will launch Too Smart
To Start, an underage alcohol use prevention initiative
aimed at 9- to 13-year-olds and their parents. The initiative focuses
on increasing the perception of harm, parent-child communications,
and public disapproval of underage alcohol use. The initiative is
a product of an interagency agreement between SAMHSA and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. (See SAMHSA
News, Volume XI, Number 4.) "Too Smart to Start"
offers communities technical assistance on a wide range of topics
and a variety of materials free of charge. For
more information, go to www.ncadi.samhsa.gov.
February 8 to 14 is Children of Alcoholics Week,
and SAMHSA will join the National Association for Children of Alcoholics
to highlight ways to reach and promote resilience among children
and youth living in families with alcoholism. SAMHSA will be sending
out materials, including a community action guide, to partner organizations
involved in substance abuse prevention. Partners initiate local
activities and build support among community leaders and the media
to help reach these children and the adults in a position to help
more information, go to www.ncadi.samhsa.gov/seasonal/coaweek.
The 12th Annual National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness
Week Campaign, sponsored by the National Inhalant Prevention
Coalition, is set for March 21 to 27. The campaign is designed to
increase awareness about the risks of inhalant use. SAMHSA Administrator
Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W., will make a presentation at the
campaign’s kickoff on Thursday, March 18, at the National
Press Club. For more information, visit the Coalition’s Web site at www.inhalants.org.
And, see SAMHSA’s
online advisory on inhalants at www.samhsa.gov/centers/csat2002/pubs/ms922.pdf.
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