The Network CA: January Newsletter


The Network CA

Keeping California Members Connected



Hopefully you had a restful break and you're recharged and ready to tackle more AOD prevention on your campus.  For many campuses, the end of 2012 meant the completion of the Drug Free Schools and Community Act Biennial Report.  If you have one that you'd like to share to help others navigate through this requirement let me know.  There are always campuses that struggle with this report; having models can really help.

Call For Proposals

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Educational Conference at CSU Chico call for proposals has been released.  Program submissions are due by February 15th.  Get yours in soon, and share what is working on your campus to prevent alcohol and other drug problems.

NASPA Meeting Tweets

The annual NASPA AOD conference begins on Thursday.  I'll be live tweeting my way through it.  You can follow my tweets @stcnetworkca.  Or if you're not a twitter fan, "like" our Facebook page (NetworkCA), it will be getting the twitter feed as well.  And of course, if you will be there, make sure you track me down.  It's always fun to see fellow Californians at the meetings.

A few articles on The Network CA website you may have missed:

Fatal Crashes Down: Progress Continues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports the positive news that fewer deaths occurred on our nation's roads in 2011 (NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2012a, 2012b).  A lower, but still depressingly high 32,367 people were killed in crashes in 2011.  That’s a 1.9% decrease from 2010, and represents the fewest fatalities since 1949.  When controlling for population growth and increased vehicle miles driven, the fatality rate is about a third what it was back in the early 1980s.

Drunk driving (or more precisely driving with a BAC=.08+) continues to account for a large proportion of the fatal crashes.  But those too declined by 2.5% and now account for 31% of the deaths.

Here are a few important national statics from the report:

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California Marijuana Arrests Down Sharply

A report produced by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (Males, 2012) analyzes California data on youth arrests.  There are two obvious trends: (1) youth arrests have been declining since the 1970's, and (2) marijuana arrests have plunged (61%) in the past year.  Of interest here is the second finding since it directly corresponds to the change in California law making simple possession an infraction instead of a misdemeanor, even for those under 18.  As we noted when the law was enacted, this means holding a bag of marijuana is now a lesser offense for a 17-year-old than holding a can of beer.

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Highlights from the California Roadside Survey

Over 1,300 California drivers were randomly stopped on weekend nights and agreed to give alcohol breath tests and oral fluids for drug testing in nine cities across the state.  The survey was anonymous and voluntary.  The methods for the survey closely followed other roadside surveys, and a report is now available on the OTS website (Lacey, Kelley-Baker, Romano, Brainard, & Ramirez, 2012).  Drugs tested included illegal drugs as well as plausibly impairing medications.

Here are some of their main findings:

  • Drug-positive drivers made up about 1 in 7 drivers, a third of those drivers tested positive for more than one drug.
  • The percent of drivers testing positive for marijuana (7.4%) was almost identical to the percent testing positive for alcohol (7.3%).
  • About a quarter of marijuana-positive drivers also tested positive for another drug; about 13.3% marijuana-positive were also positive for alcohol.
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Hope to see you at a conference soon,


James Lange, Ph.D. (Coordinator of AOD Initiatives, SDSU)
The Network State Coordinator for California