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Alcohol Drug Class™ Releases New 12 Hour (Level 2) Drug and Alcohol Awareness Class

Alcohol Drug Class™ is a national and global provider of online educational programs in the field of alcohol and substance abuse. Owned and operated by parent company, AJ Novick Group, Inc., they have been providing distance learning education since 2003. Alcohol Drug Class™ has recently added a new 12 hour / session (Level 2) drug and alcohol awareness class to it's list of online programs used for court ordered requirements, corporate and business needs, probation, as well as family and personal needs.

Alcohol Drug Class™ is a national and global provider of online educational programs in the field of alcohol and substance abuse. Owned and operated by parent company, AJ Novick Group, Inc., they have been providing distance learning education since 2003. Alcohol Drug Class™ has recently added a new 12 hour / session (Level 2) drug and alcohol awareness class to it's list of online programs used for court ordered requirements, corporate and business needs, probation, as well as family and personal needs.

Founder and president of Alcohol Drug Class™, Dr. Ari Novick states, "We are pleased to offer this new program as part of our total class offering. We had only offered this program to certain states and now offer to all potential customers". This new 12 hour (level 2) drug and alcohol awareness class offers the same robust content as it's 16 hour, level 2 counterpart, but in a slightly more condensed format. The 12 hour class is ideal for those with either a 12 session, week, or 3 month requirement.

Alcohol Drug Class™ also offers a variety of other online drug and alcohol awareness classes including minor in possession class in several lengths including 8, 12, 16, and 24 hours. Dr. Novick states, "We have created a solution for taking high quality, low cost and effective drug and alcohol awareness classes in an educational format so that potential consumers don't have to miss time away from work, school or other commitments".

Alcohol Drug Class™ provides courses online from any location in the world with a computer and Internet access. More information can be found by contacting the company.

New 12 Hour (Level 2) Alcohol Awareness Classes and Minor in Possession Courses

At the request of our customers, we have added our popular Colorado 12 hour online alcohol awareness class to our existing menu of premium alcohol awareness classes and minor in possesion programs.  This 12 hour / session class is also a level 2 course for those with a requirement for 12 hours vs. the traditional 16 hours for a level 2 class.  This new program is a offered in both a 12 hour Minor in Possession class or a 12 hour alcohol awareness class all offered exclusively online.

These courses include the same content as their 16 hour, level 2 counterpart, but in a slightly compressed format bringing the total completion time down to 12 hours. 

Alcohol Drug Class™ is a national and global provider of Internet based programs for alcohol awareness and drug education.

Millions of Americans Drive Drunk or Impaired by Drugs

In an average year 30 million Americans drive drunk - 10 million drive impaired by illicit drugs.

Past year drunk driving rates topped 20 percent in some states.
 A new survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that on average 13.2 percent of all persons 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol and 4.3 percent of this age group drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year.

The survey’s state-by-state breakdown of drunk and drugged driving levels shows significant differences among the states. Some of the states with the highest levels of past year drunk driving were Wisconsin (23.7 percent) and North Dakota (22.4 percent).  The highest rates of past year drugged driving were found in Rhode Island (7.8 percent) and Vermont (6.6 percent).

States with the lowest rates of past year drunk driving included Utah (7.4 percent) and Mississippi (8.7 percent).  Iowa and New Jersey had the lowest levels of past year drugged driving (2.9 percent and 3.2 percent respectively).

Levels of self-reported drunk and drugged driving differed dramatically among age groups.  Younger drivers aged 16 to 25 had a much higher rate of drunk driving than those aged 26 or older (19.5 percent versus 11.8 percent).  Similarly people aged 16 to 25 had a much higher rate of driving under the influence of illicit drugs than those aged 26 or older (11.4 percent versus 2.8 percent).

The one bright spot in the survey is that there has been a reduction in the rate of drunk and drugged driving in the past few years.  Survey data from 2002 through 2005 combined when compared to data gathered from 2006 to 2009 combined indicate that the average yearly rate of drunk driving has declined from 14.6 percent to 13.2 percent, while the average yearly rate of drugged driving has decreased from 4.8 percent to 4.3 percent.  Twelve states have seen reductions in the levels of drunk driving and seven states have experienced lower levels of drugged driving. However according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) census, one in three motor vehicle fatalities (33 percent) with known drug test results tested positive for drugs in 2009.

“Thousands of people die each year as a result of drunk and drugged driving, and the lives of thousands of family members and friends left behind are forever scarred,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “Some progress has been made in reducing the levels of drunk and drugged driving through education, enhanced law enforcement and public outreach efforts. However, the nation must continue to work to prevent this menace and confront these dangerous drivers in an aggressive way.” 

 “While we have understood for some time the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, much less is known or discussed about drivers under the influence of other drugs,” said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “This new data adds to other emerging research revealing that there is an alarmingly high percentage of Americans on our roadways with drugs in their system.  At a time when drug use is on the rise, it is crucial that communities act today to address the threat of drugged driving as we work to employ more targeted enforcement and develop better tools to detect the presence of drugs among drivers.”

State Estimates of Drunk and Drugged Driving is based on the combined data from the 2002 to 2005 and 2006 to 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and involves responses from more than 423,000 respondents aged 16 or over.  NSDUH is a primary source of information on national and state-level use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States.  The survey is part of the agency’s strategic initiative on behavioral health data, quality and outcomes.

U.S. Army Tests Alcohol Awareness Program

About 20 percent of Army personnel report problem drinking. The number is statistically similar to the civilian population, but a recent study by the Department of Defense finds that binge drinking is increasing among the ranks.

In response, the Army has been testing a new program to reach out to soldiers in need of help by offering a confidential treatment option.

Army research shows that many soldiers are reluctant to seek help because it involves notifying unit command. Binge drinking — defined as five or more drinks in a row — is often intertwined with soldiers' mental health issues like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The results can be deadly: accidents, suicide and family violence.

The Army's Confidential Alcohol Treatment Education Pilot, or CATEP, is designed to get soldiers into treatment before they have an alcohol-related incident. Since the CATEP pilot program started at three military installations in 2009, it's been expanded to six. There are 38 soldiers enrolled in the program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

The base sits in the middle of State Trooper Guy Gill's patrol area.

"If I had to say a specific incident where we have to contact the military a lot," Gill says, "a lot of those times [it] is for DUIs, for drinking and driving."

Consequences For Problems

Gill is on his way to the base to brief troop members from the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment on military safety.

He knows this is a tough crowd, so his presentation includes graphic images of car crashes and dead bodies.

"If we can stop one of those guys from this weekend going out and getting in their car drunk and getting into a collision and killing himself or his buddy, we're doing good," Gill says. "That's what we want."

Soldiers face numerous consequences if they're arrested for DUI or flagged by a commanding officer for problem drinking. They can lose their rank or even be discharged.

"They very much recognize that it's better for them to ask for help and be able to receive it than it is for them to not ask and end up in serious hot water," says Dr. Jolee Darnell, head of the Army Substance Abuse Program at Lewis-McChord.

Darnell says CATEP tends to attract older, higher-ranking soldiers and officers who have managed to stay under the radar but have finally decided to get help.

"It works best for people who recognize that some things are not going right in their life and they need to do some things differently," she says.

While confidentiality is at the heart of the program, weekly meetings and off-duty counseling appointments are what make CATEP different. Soldiers can also meet in civilian clothing, which allows them to keep their ranks private.

Accountability And Follow-Up

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli has pushed for more innovative programs like CATEP.

"All the results that I've seen so far indicate that this is a very, very valuable program," he says.

Chiarelli says, however, the unconventional nature of the program has also hindered Army-wide implementation.

"I don't want to institute a program where somebody comes in and says, 'I'm having a problem with alcohol,' and I look at him and say, 'Come back in five weeks, that's the first available appointment I have,' " he says.

The program's extended off-duty hours have strained counseling resources at the base, and critics are concerned about the lack of accountability and follow-up in a confidential program where command isn't involved.

In fact, Darnell says, during the 18-month pilot, 41 participants dropped out.

Still, she says, CATEP shouldn't be viewed as a failure or as an endpoint.

"The goal is to get people to change their behavior in a way that will cease producing the problems that they're experiencing because of their habits," she says.

Another option is to take an alcohol awareness class or if the soldier is under 21 a minor in possession class, which can both be done online

College Drug and Alcohol Use Creates Legal Problems

Former Liberty High School star and current backup University of Pittsburgh quarterback Anthony Gonzalez waived his right to a preliminary hearing on drug and alcohol-related charges today.

His attorney, Joshua Karoly, told District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez that he anticipates entering into a plea agreement that would allow the collegiate athlete to enter a program for first-time offenders.

Gonzalez, 20, of 515 Hanover St., Bethlehem, was one of several young men arrested by city police on May 21 during a traffic stop on E. Third Street in the SouthSide. As a result, he was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, purchasing alcohol as a minor and possessing a false identification card.

“Anthony put himself in a position he should not have put himself in. He was in a car where marijuana was being smoked,” said Karoly, who spoke to members of the media on his client’s behalf.

“Anthony is stepping up and accepting responsibility for what he did. He is not shirking his responsibility in any way,” Karoly said.

Gonzalez is continuing his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, but he has been indefinitely suspended from the football team. Gonzalez still anticipates continuing his collegiate athletic career at Pittsburgh, but first plans to complete the disposition of his court case before reaching out to the university, Karoly said.

In the meantime, he has voluntarily enrolled in a drug and alcohol awareness class and plans to perform community service in Pittsburgh, Karoly said.

Gonzalez arrived at the court hearing in a dress shirt and slacks and was accompanied by his mother, his attorney and two other men. He spoke softly and politely when addressed by the magistrate.

The deal under consideration would have Gonzalez pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess marijuana, with the other charges dropping, Karoly said. If he is admitted to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, and he maintains a clean record, the criminal charges would ultimately be erased from his record.

Judge Matos Gonzalez briefly admonished the young man from the bench, telling him “You’re not a young punk anymore.

“The bottom line is the older you get, the more responsibility you have and the more you have to lose with any mistakes in that regard,” the judge told him.

Judge Matos Gonzalez allowed Gonzalez to stay out of prison on his own recognizance.

As a high school junior in 2008, Gonzalez led the Hurricanes to a 15-1-record and the Quad-A state championship.