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U.S. Panel Backs Approval of Egalet's Abuse-resistant Painkiller
The panel recommended that the Food and Drug Administration (FAD) approve the drug and said it deters, but does not eliminate, the risk of abuse if addicts try to snort, chew or inject it.
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Drop in Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens Follows Introduction of Campaign
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), which spearheaded the campaign, says while the study doesn’t prove the effort led to the decrease, it suggests it played a role.
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Mandated Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Should be a Priority
After three years of meetings, coalitions, hearings and intense advocacy, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was signed into law on Friday, July 22 by President Obama.
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DEA Announces Actions Related to Marijuana and Industrial Hemp
DEA has denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
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Study Links Teens’ Exposure to Alcohol Ads and How Much of Those Brands They Drink
Underage drinkers who didn’t see any alcohol ads drank about 14 drinks per month, compared with 33 drinks for those who had seen an average amount of alcohol ads, CNN reports.
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ON THE HILL…
Congress is Back, Funding Debate Takes Center Stage
Both chambers of Congress have made slow progress on finalizing appropriations for FY2017, making a short-term, omnibus spending package the most likely path forward.
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USDA Announces Initiative to Provide Transitional Housing for Rural Americans in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders
In January, President Obama tasked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is chair of the White House Rural Council, with leading a federal interagency effort focused on rural opioid use.
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Independent Commission Recommends Changes to Medicare Part D
The panel, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), recommended that Congress remove antidepressant and immunosuppressant drugs from the protected classes, change low-income beneficiary cost-sharing, and implement other reforms.
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House Judiciary Committee takes election-year swipe at nation's growing drug addiction problem
The legislation was among a pile of bills House panels are considering targeting drug abuse, a major concern among voters in the Northeast, South and Midwest, where the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the problem is most pronounced.
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Leaders Announce Agreement to Combat Heroin and Opioid Abuse in New York State
The legislation builds on the state’s aggressive efforts to better monitor prescription drugs, increase access to treatment, and break the cycle of heroin and opioid addiction in New York.
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Landmark Mental Health Legislation in Congress
It’s been more than 50 years since the last comprehensive mental health bill passed in the United States. This fall, Congress may have the opportunity to change that.
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Physicians Paid Under Medicare Get More Time to Adjust to Reporting Requirements
Providers will now have a year to adjust to the quality measures tied to their reimbursement rates under Medicare. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to announce new guidelines ahead of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization ACT (MACRA) final rule expected by November 1st. In this latest announcement, CMS announced a more flexible approach to the roll out of MACRA, allowing clinicians to essentially “pick their pace of participation” in the upcoming year.
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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