|December 11th, 2014
Presidential Proclamation — National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION:All Americans deserve to live long and full lives, and every child should have the chance to seize his or her future. But throughout our Nation, too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. Impaired driving not only puts the driver at risk — it threatens the lives of passengers and all others who share the road, and every year it causes the deaths of thousands of loved ones. This month, and especially during the holiday season, we dedicate ourselves to driving safely and responsibly, and to promoting these behaviors among our family and friends.
Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory — the skills critical for safe and responsible driving. And as mobile technology becomes ubiquitous, the distractions of texting and cell phone use continue to pose grave dangers on our roadways. Deaths caused by impaired driving are preventable and unacceptable, and my Administration is taking action to reduce and eliminate them. We continue to support the law enforcement officers who work to keep us safe and decrease impaired driving. To help save lives, States and local communities across our Nation will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from December 12 to January 1, reminding all Americans of their important responsibility.
My Administration is striving to increase awareness of the dangers and devastating consequences of impaired driving in all its forms, especially the growing, but often overlooked, problem of drugged driving. Illegal drugs, as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications, can be just as deadly on the road as alcohol, and preventing drugged driving is a public health imperative. As part of our 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, we are working to support the data collection that underlies evidence-based policy making, strengthening the protections that keep drugged drivers off the road, and helping bolster law enforcement officials’ ability to identify drug-impaired drivers.
Reducing impaired driving and keeping our roadways safe is everyone’s responsibility. Parents and other caring adults can play an important role in educating young Americans about the dangers of impaired driving; adults can model good practices while driving and can help new drivers develop safe habits. This holiday season, all Americans can drive responsibly and encourage their loved ones to do the same, including by designating a sober driver or making alternative transportation arrangements. For more information, please visit www.NHTSA.gov/DriveSober, www.WhiteHouse.gov/ONDCP/DruggedDriving, and www.Distraction.gov.
During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, let us resolve to do our part to keep our streets and highways safe. Together, our actions can save lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 2014 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. I urge all Americans to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
WHATS HAPPENING IN NH…
NHHPP Needs Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Counselors – NH’s Health Protection Program provides health benefits including treatment and recovery support services for substance use disorders for individuals at certain income levels. Addiction treatment providers and licensed behavioral health practitioners are needed to provide substance use disorder services to NHHPP clients. Consider enrolling to become a NHHPP provider today.
NH WISDOM to Include Indicators for Substance Misuse In January, WISDOM’s new publicly accessible data module for alcohol and other drug indicators will go live. WISDOM is a new web-accessible data system for stakeholders, grantees, communities and the general public developed and maintained by the NH Division of Public Health Services. Stay tuned for its release!
NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator The NH Center for Excellence is pleased to announce the development of a new website directory specific to locating alcohol and drug treatment service providers. This site will allow providers and the general public to search by location and service type to find available service providers in NH. The site can be accessed from the Center’s website.
Prescription Drug Drop Box Locations – Take-Back events have been very successful over the last several years in NH. Going forward it will become the financial responsibility of the state to pay for take-back days. Please continue to utilize your local police departments. See the map of the police departments who host a collection box to dispose of medications.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS) Preparations to administer the YRBSS to high school aged youth across NH are set to for the spring of 2015. The survey will be offered free of cost for schools to administer in NH. Schools are encouraged to offer this survey in order to enable data-guided decisions for the well being of the youth in their community. To find out more about the survey and how to sign up as a participating school, please visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hsdm/yrbs.htm or by email at: YRBS@dhhs.state.nh.us.
Treatment Locator – The NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator, a new website directory to locate alcohol and drug treatment provider, will go live in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
The Corrosive Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on NH’s Workforce and Economy – A report released by New Futures, in partnership with PolEcon Research, indicates alcohol and drug misuse cost the NH economy over $1.84 billion in 2012 which includes lost productivity, health care costs, criminal justice, enforcement and lost income due to premature deaths. Read the full report.
Advisory on Synthetic Drug and Bath Salts – See SAMHSA’s new advisory on synthetic drugs and bath salts with general information about these drugs and the implications on providers.
NASADAD Releases Guidance Document on State Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment & Recovery – Review this document which provides information on the services and practices that may be used to improve adolescent substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders – A bulletin from the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) talks about medication assisted treatment, what other states have done, and resources available to ensure proper delivery of services.
First Drink to First Drunk: Connection Between First Drink, Heavy Drinking – A recent study which asked self-report questions to 295 adolescent drinkers. Read more.
THIS INFORMATION WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NH CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE www.nhcenterforexcellence.org