National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2014 Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. Violence, however, is not an inevitable part of growing up. Youth violence can be prevented. Strategies that address risks for violence at individual, relationship, and community levels have been proving effective. These include school-based programs designed to benefit all youth by changing how they think about violence and by building skills to resolve problems without violence. During National Youth Violence Prevention Week, help empower young people to stop violence before it starts.Youth-Violence RELATED YOUTH SAFETY NEWS:
Younger teens still account for 1 in 4 teen birthsDespite recent progress, more can be done to prevent pregnancies in younger teens Although births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 years have declined, they still represent over a quarter of teen births - nearly 1,700 births a week, according to this month’s Vital Signs. This reinforces the need for targeted interventions to prevent teen pregnancy, says the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “Although we have made significant progress reducing teen pregnancy, far too many teens are still having babies,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “Births to younger teens pose the greatest risk of poor medical, social and economic outcomes. Efforts to prevent teen childbearing need to focus on evidence-based approaches to delaying sexual activity and increasing use of the most effective methods of contraception for those teens who are sexually active.” CDC researchers analyzed birth data from the National Vital Statistics System and adolescent health behavior data from the National Survey of Family Growth. Findings include:
  •  The rate of births per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 17 years declined 63 percent, from 38.6 in 1991 to 14.1 in 2012.
  •  The birth rate to younger teens is higher for Hispanic, non-Hispanic black and American Indian/Alaska Native teens. In 2012, the birth rate per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 17 years was 25.5 for Hispanic teens, 21.9 for non-Hispanic black teens, 17 for American Indian/Alaska Native teens, 8.4 for non-Hispanic white teens and 4.1 for Asian/Pacific Islander teens.
  •  Most teens aged 15-17 (73 percent) had not had sex yet.
  •  Nearly 1 in 4 teens in this age group never spoke with their parents or guardians about sex.
Other findings about sexually active teens in this age group include:
  • More than 80 percent had not received any formal sex education before they had sex for the first time.
  • More than 90 percent of teens used some form of contraception the last time they had sex, but most of them relied on methods that are among the least effective.
The Vital Signs report also underscores findings from previous CDC reports on teen pregnancy prevention:
  •  Racial and ethnic disparities in teen pregnancy rates remain, suggesting the continued need for culturally appropriate interventions and services.
  •  Sexually active teens remain at risk for pregnancy because they use less-effective contraceptives.
  •  Earlier delivery of prevention efforts may further increase abstinence and birth control use.
  •  Parents and guardians can play an influential role in helping pre-teens and teens avoid risky sexual behaviors. 
“We need to provide young people with the support and opportunities they need to empower themselves. Trying to balance the task of childbearing while trying to complete their high school education is a difficult set of circumstances, even with the help of family and others,” said Shanna Cox, M.S.P.H., CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health. “Teens who give birth are at increased risk of having a repeat birth while still a teenager. And these younger teens are less likely to earn a high school diploma or GED than older teens who give birth.” May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. This Vital Signs report was created to help the nation’s communities continue the dialogue about teen pregnancy and its burden on our nation’s youth. For more information about teen pregnancy visit
The 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit
The 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse SummitOn April 22-24, Operation UNITE in collaboration with CDC and other sponsors will host the 2014 National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, GA. Join your colleagues for meaningful dialogue and collaboration as we address the prescription drug abuse epidemic in our country. The three day event is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by prescription drug abuse. The Summit will include seven educational tracks tailored to provide stakeholders timely and relevant information for their particular field. Tracks include Clinical, Education and Advocacy, Pharmacy, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Third-Party Payer, Treatment, and Law Enforcement. General sessions will include:
  • Federal Response to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
  • Cracking Down on Unlawful Prescription Drug Marketing
  • The Realities of Prescription Drug Abuse
  • State Policy Changes to Impact Prescription Drug Abuse
  • CDC Impacting the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
  • Forum of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse
CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH will be among the keynote speakers. Other speakers will include the Honorable Hal Rogers (R-KY), representatives from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Hightower Intervention Services, and actor Matthew Perry. Learn more about the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit at