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CDC Lists Counties at Risk of HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks From Injection Drug Use
In this rural town, the forces of poverty and addiction drove a needle-sharing drug problem that caused the first-known HIV outbreak related to the current opioid crisis in America.
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Switching From Opioids to Other Pain Treatments Can Be Challenging, Experts Say
As the Obama Administration and public health officials push for a reduction in prescription opioids, they are facing some resistance from both patients and doctors, experts tell The New York Times.
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One-Third of Medicare Beneficiaries Received Commonly Abused Opioids in 2015
Almost one-third of Medicare beneficiaries—nearly 12 million Americans—received a prescription for commonly abused opioids in 2015, according to a new report. Spending for these drugs exceeded $4 billion, according to the Associated Press.
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Nearly 10 Million Americans Say They Misused Opioid Medications in 2012-2013
Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled over a 10-year period, the study found.
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ON THE HILL…
National Council Hosts Addictions and Vocation Briefing on Capitol Hill
On the heels of Hill Day, the National Council, on Tuesday, hosted a congressional staff briefing addressing the importance of offering employment services simultaneous to addiction treatment.
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House GOP Releases Plan to Repeal and Replace the ACA
While the plan does not include a number of specific details including the overall cost and total number of covered individuals, it does present a broad outline of a potential GOP health reform agenda for the next administration.
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New Legislation for Tax on the Sale of Opioids
A group of Senators have introduced new legislation to impose a tax on the sale of opioids. The tax – one-cent-per-milligram – would be paid by pharmaceutical companies and then used to address the nation’s opioid epidemic.
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Grant Opportunities
Up to $53 Million Available for the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program for Individuals With Serious Mental Illness
This 4-year pilot program is intended to implement and evaluate new assisted outpatient treatment programs and identify evidence-based practices to reduce the incidence and duration of psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, incarcerations, and interactions with the criminal justice system. It also seeks to improve the health and social outcomes of individuals with serious mental illness.
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Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics
Populations to be served are adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and those with long term and serious substance use disorders, as well as others with mental illness and substance use disorders. The purpose of this program is to support states to certify clinics as certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs), establish prospective payment systems for Medicaid reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in a two year demonstration program.
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Suicide Safe Wins FedHealthIT Innovation Award
Suicide Safe puts SAMHSA's suicide prevention resources at health care providers' fingertips through a free mobile app for mobile devices and optimized for tablets. The app helps medical professionals identify suicide risk factors in their patients and connect them with mental health care.
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Acronyms

ATTC Addiction Technology Transfer Centers
BH Behavioral Health
CADCA Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
CAPT Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies
CBHSQ Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
CDRC Comprehensive Drug Research Center (UM)
Charts Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set
CMHS Center for Mental Health Services
CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CSAP Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
CSAT Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
CTC Communities that Care
CWLA Child Welfare League of America
DCF Florida Department of Children and Families
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration (federal)
DEN Drug Epidemiology Networks
DJJ Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
DOE Florida Department of Education
DOH Florida Department of Health
FCB Florida Certification Board
FCPR Florida Center for Prevention Research (FSU)
FADAA Florida Alcohol Drug Abuse Association
FCCMH Florida Council for Community Mental Health
FDCS Florida Drug Control Strategy
FJJA Florida Juvenile Justice Association
FL SAPAC Florida Substance Abuse Prevention Advisory Council
FNG Florida National Guard
FPS Florida Prevention System
FSU Florida State University
FYSAS Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey
KIT Knowledge-based Information Technology
MH Mental Health
NIATx Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment
NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse
NOM National Outcome Measures
NREPP National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices
OBHE Office of Behavioral Health Equity
PDFA Partnership for a Drug-Free America
SA Substance Abuse
SAAS State Association of Addiction Services
SAMHPO Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration
SAPTBG Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant
SBIRT Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
SDFS Safe and Drug Free Schools
SEW State Epidemiology Workgroup
SPF Strategic Prevention Framework
TX Treatment