Author Archives: Rachel Hassinger

Texas Rangers: A Class Act

The S.F. Giants have won the World Series, but the Texas Rangers have won our respect. …

CADCA Pushes for STOP Reauthorization

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is calling for reauthorization of The Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act -- and wants your help to make it happen. …

Got Drugs? Take Them to the DEA Sept. 25

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state and local law enforcement officials are organizing collection sites nationwide to take-back ?unused, unwanted or expired? over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs on Sept. 25. …

NIATx Website Gets a Makeover

NIATx, the folks who have helped over 1,000 treatment providers remove barriers to treatment and recovery, revamped their online tools to make their quality information even easier to find and use. …

New Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol: Submit Your Comments Now

The USDA has proposed new Dietary Guidelines for Americans that include substantial changes about alcohol. The deadline for public comments on the guidelines is Thursday, July 15. Every five years, the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) revisit the dietary guidelines "to promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases." The Advisory Committee is recommending an average (weekly) rather than daily consumption guideline. Tim Naimi’s accompanying commentary and Marin Institute’s talking points outline the issues. …

Women’s Addiction and Recovery Conference: ’Thriving in Changing Times’

Invigorators and Teas? This is surely not your typical conference. Grounded in "principles of recovery and gender-responsive, trauma-informed care," the 4th National Conference on Women, Addiction and Recovery will include: "Expert Teas" (small groups gathering in a ’living-room environment ... to discuss and problem-solve with recognized experts’); "Invigorators" (40-minute sessions designed to energize participants around a given topic); Facilitated Discussions; Mini Plenaries, big-name speakers and more. You still have a couple of days to register at their "early bird" rate (through June 15). Or get two people from the same organization to attend to lighten the load on your wallets. …

Mass. Advocacy Training and Leadership Opportunities

Are you concerned about alcohol and other drug use in Massachusetts? If so, there are several opportunities for you to learn and lead this month. Check out the free one-day advocacy and leadership trainings co-sponsored by the Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) and Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR). (The Allston training is sold out, but seats for the Pittsfield and Peabody trainings are still available.) …