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Opioid deaths skyrocket across US; Tampa Bay one of worst in nation for overdoses 02/07/2022

In the Tampa Bay area, the overdose rate is 23 out of every 100,000 people. That rate is 9 percent higher than the rest of Florida and 50 percent higher than the national average. Florida ranks second only to California in the number of overdose deaths. But the fight against opioids continues.

Article, Rx Drug, Prescription Drug

In the short term, alcohol consumption changes due to COVID-19 are expected to cause 100 additional deaths and 2,800 additional cases of liver failure by 2023.

The new research, published in Hepatology, was led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Alcohol, Article, TAC
Devastated by drug overdoses, Tampa advocate prays deadly spike will end in 2022 12/09/2021

TAMPA, Fla. — For Ellen Snelling, it’s still so surreal. In 2016, she got the unexpected phone call no one ever wants. Her brother died of a drug overdose in Miami.

“I was actually at Universal Studios. It was right before Christmas,” she remembered. “And got a phone call that he had overdosed and died — I just — I can’t describe how — it was just horrible.”

And then, in the summer of 2021, history nearly repeated itself when someone in her immediate family had a similar scare, and according to Snelling, “came very close to death” but miraculously survived.

“It’s almost like you can’t comprehend it,” said Snelling.

Article, HCADA, HCADA Interview, Snelling
Vaping- Parent Training 11/04/2021

Questions that will be answered...

What is Vaping?
What’s it look like?
What are they vaping?
How can I talk to my teen about vaping?
Is it that big of a deal?
Isn’t it safer than cigarettes?

Article, parents, vaping
2021 Sept Tampa Alcohol Coalition Meeting 09/21/2021 Alcohol, TAC
Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance joins partner agency ACTS 07/16/2021

TAMPA, Fla. (June 30, 2021) – Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA), a community-based nonprofit offering alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse education and prevention activities since 2003, is excited to announce its relocation, effective July 1, 2021.

HCADA will be moving from its current location at 2815 E. Henry Avenue, Suite B-1 in Tampa to new office space on the campus of their longtime partner organization, Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc. (ACTS), at 4612 North 56th Street.

“We’re excited about the move,” said Executive Director Cindy Grant, “and very grateful to ACTS not only for the space but also for our many years of partnership in substance abuse education and prevention.”

Article, HCADA Interview
Mother loses son to drugs, pursues passion to help others 12/17/2020

TAMPA, Fla. - Cindy Grant grew up among a large family of lobster fishermen, but after moving to Tampa she suffered an unimaginable tragedy. Now she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome substance abuse.



Article, HCADA Interview
TAC Meeting November Meeting 2020 12/16/2020 Alcohol, Article, TAC, Tampa Alcohol Coalition
Kids Health: Opioid Misuse and Suicidal Behaviors 02/13/2020

Article, HCADA, HCADA Interview, Opioid, Suicide, Video, Video
What You Need to Know About E-Cigarettes 11/24/2019


Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are tobacco products that have been sold in the U.S. for about a decade. They include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars, known collectively as ENDS—electronic nicotine delivery systems. They're also sometimes called JUULs, "vapes" and "vape pens." E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco products among kids—and it's become an epidemic. 

Article, vaping
Vaping Additional Information and Resources 11/24/2019

Vaping Among Teens

Vaping devices are popular among teens and are now the most commonly used form of nicotine among youth in the United States. Some research shows that many teens do not even realize that vaping cartridges contain nicotine, and assume the pods contain only flavoring. The easy availability of these devices, alluring advertisements, various e-liquid flavors, and the belief that they're safer than cigarettes have helped make them appealing to this age group. In addition, they are easy to hide from teachers and parents because they do not leave behind the stench of tobacco cigarettes, and are often disguised as flash drives.   NIDA- National Institute of Drug Abuse

Vaping Additional Information and Resources

Florida Health Department Data on Vaping

Article, vaping
Tips for a Safe, Drug-free Homecoming Season 10/24/2019

Denise Birungi Evans of HCADA offers tips for a safe, drug-free homecoming season for high school students.


Article, HCADA Interview, Video, Video
Recent Study Links Teen Vaping and Delinquent Behavior 10/24/2019

Vaping is not an issue only for high school students. Gary White, the associate director of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA) in Florida, provides vaping and tobacco education to students who have been cited per state statutes. The youngest student he has worked with was only nine. Recently, the organization worked with a 10-year-old boy who had been caught with 12 Juuls in school. (Juul is a popular brand of e-cigarette.) “When he attended our class, we questioned why he had so many Juuls,” says White. “His reply was, ‘A man at my apartment gave them to me. He said he’d pay me a part of the money I made when I sold them.’

Article, HCADA Interview, vaping, Youth
Teen Warning Signs 10/09/2019

Article, Mental Health, Front Page Slideshow
The Relationship Between Video Games and Anxiety 08/16/2019

Do video games cause anxiety? This is a common question without an easy yes-or-no answer. Researchers haven’t found evidence that video games cause anxiety directly; instead, studies continue to show that video games and anxiety are correlated. This means that, rather than having a cause-and-effect relationship, the two relate and contribute to each other.

Addiction, Article, Video games


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