Skip to main content

Commonwealth Prevention Alliance

Our Vision: CPA will continue to be the foremost voice of Prevention in PA. Our Mission: To support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse and risk-related behaviors.
Home
About CPA
Conference / Trainings
CPA Membership
News & Advocacy
Legislation
Contact Legislators
Positions & Policies
Awards & Scholarships
Regional News
Information Sharing
Prevention 101
Links
Newsletters
Timeline
Site Map
Contact CPA
News and Advocacy
Here is how to navigate this section of our webpage:  
 
     "Legislation" page offers news about current legislation that affects prevention services
 
     "Contact Legislators" page offers links to the US Congress and PA General Assembly
 
     "Positions & Policies" page has the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) and CPA member agency position papers, as well as State and Federal policy statements.
 

Here are two "CPA Legislative Keys" that you may use for talking points when discussing substance-abuse prevention with your legislator:
 
 
 

  

Issue: Legalization of Marijuana


A Position Paper Drug Free Action Alliance and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio “Marijuana as Medicine”

DRUG FREE ACTION ALLIANCE POLICY STATEMENT: Marijuana should be subject to the same research, consideration and study as any other potential medicine, under the standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Legalizing marijuana for medical use should not be decided by legislative or voter initiative.


CADCA Statement on DOJ Decision to Not Challenge State Laws that Legalize Marijuana


Read about CPA's views against the legalization of marijuana in PA 


National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) Position Statement on Marijuana (12/15/12)


Note: In the fall of 2012, voters in Washington and Colorado approved the legalization of marijuana for recreation use. A similar measure in Oregon was defeated. Read more at www.cadca.org/resources/detail/cadca-weights-election-day-marijuana-ballot-initiatives


 

Issue: Privatization of PA Liquor Stores

 

On Jan 30, 2013, Gov Tom Corbett unveiled his proposal for privatizing the PA Liquor stores. Read the details on Gov Corbett's webpage. Read CPA Position Paper on privatization to get the facts about how privatization is linked to underage drinking. We urge you to educate yourself and then to contact your legislator with your views. 

 

CPA's position against privatization is based on the recommendations and findings of the Center for Disease Control's Task Force on Community Preventive Services (February 2011.) In summary,

 

"Based on its charge to identify effective disease and injury prevention measures, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends against the further privatization of alcohol sales in settings with current government control of retail sales, based on strong evidence that privatization results in increased per capita alcohol consumption, a well-established proxy for excessive consumption."  http://www.thecommunityguide.org/alcohol/privatization.html

 

See CPA's position paper at "News & Advocacy - Positions & Policies" (6/21/11)

 

Also see "Underage Drinking in PA: The Facts" by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), September 2011.  From this article: "Underage drinking cost the citizens of Pennsylvania $2.1 billion in 2010. These costs include medical care, work loss, and pain and suffering associated with the multiple problems resulting from the use of alcohol by youth."

 

Also see The Morning Call blog "New Radio Ad Hits GOP Leader Turzai On Proposed State Store Sale" 7/19/11 http://blogs.mcall.com/capitol_ideas/2011/07/new-radio-ad-hits-gop-leader-turzai-on-proposed-state-store-sale.html