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What data from 205 million private health insurance claims reveals about America’s opioid crisis
In 2012, there were roughly a quarter of a million privately insured patients diagnosed with opioid use disorder in Amino’s insurance claims database (241,000 to be exact). By 2016, there were 1.4 million.
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Treating patients with opioid disorders is not just about treating addiction. Here’s why
Patients with opioid use disorder are much more likely than the general population to have a host of other health conditions, including hepatitis C, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.
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At first meeting of Trump’s opioid commission, health advocates plead for Medicaid spending
Health advocates on Friday used the first meeting of President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis to criticize a bill that would slash future Medicaid spending and deregulate the health insurance market.
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The Florida Drug-Related Outcomes Surveillance and Tracking System (FROST)
FROST provides information about the types of prescription drugs that have been causing deaths in Florida and that were present in deceased persons from 2003-2015. One can track those drug deaths by county, age group , metropolitan locations and medical examiners’ district. It also provides information about national drug-related data.
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One Opioid Treatment Favored by Florida Legislators
Funds set aside for medication that stops opioid cravings.
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Sounding the Alarm
He stumbled on a hidden epidemic of brain damage. The culprit? Alcohol.
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FADAA Awards of Excellence
Recognize your colleagues for their contributions to the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention; nominations due by 6/30.
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The Addicts Next Door
West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the country. Locals are fighting to save their neighbors - and their town - from destruction.
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Mass overdose in Georgia leaves up to four dead, officials say
Officials in Macon said toxicology tests were pending but that dozens of people appear to have overdosed over the past 48 hours. They told reporters that those affected took opioids “being sold on the street as Percocet.”
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Advancing Best Practices in Behavioral Health for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Boys and Men
Describes selected best behavioral health practices and programs for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander boys and young men.
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Grant Opportunities
Up to $47.5 Million Available To Help People Experiencing Homelessness
The purpose of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of community infrastructures that integrate behavioral health treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing homelessness.
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Up to $6 Million Available To Support the International AIDS Relief Addiction Technology Transfer Centers
The purpose of this program is to establish the International President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Addiction Technology Transfer Centers programs in Vietnam, South Africa, and Ukraine. These programs seek to increase the capacity, skills, and abilities of Vietnamese, South African, and Ukrainian HIV/AIDS programs, governmental agencies, and PEPFAR programs to address problematic mental and substance use and further the goals of national HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs.
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Up to $5.6 Million Available for Grants Implementing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
The purpose of this program is to support states in implementing the goals and objectives of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, which focuses on preventing suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older in order to reduce suicide rates in the United States.
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Featured Items

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

Cover of Early Childhood Guide The second edition of NIDA’s Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents (2003) noted that “early intervention can prevent many adolescent risks.”
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African Americans and Tobacco Use: The CDC’s Latest Findings

African American woman lighting a cigarette Each year, approximately 47,000 African Americans die from smoking-related disease with African Americans more likely to die from them than whites.
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White Paper: Lapse and Relapse: Is it time for new language?

Hands stamped with a red X In the U.S. disease model treatment, the term “relapse” connotes very limited all-or-none thinking. William R. Miller, PhD writes in an article entitled “Retire the Concept of ‘Relapse,’” “People with diabetes who appear in the emergency room in glycemic crisis are not told that they have relapsed.”
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Comprehensive HIV Update - 1st March 2017

Hand displaying red AIDS ribbon on finger The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) is one of the most important conferences on HIV treatment and prevention in the world. This year’s conference, held recently in Seattle, heard about new drugs and new ways to treat HIV, as well as the search for a cure, hepatitis C and women’s health.
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Research Finds Many Links Between Alcohol and Suicide

two highball glasses The study published in the journal Addiction in 2015 that found in the United States, the density of both on- and off-premises alcohol outlets in a county is associated positively with alcohol-related suicide.
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Counseling Parents and Teens About Marijuana Use in the Era of Legalization of Marijuana

Group counseling The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for doctors and parents to talk to teens about the risks of using marijuana.
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Percentage of Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Heroin Tripled in Five Years

Hand poking out from a sheet covering a dead body signifying the the rise in heroin overdose deaths A new government report finds 25 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2015 involved heroin, triple the percentage in 2010.
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New Technology Enlisted in Battle Against Hepatitis B

Petrie Dish A method for "silencing" RNA that emerged from a University of Wisconsin-Madison spinoff company is in clinical trials in Europe, Asia and the United States against hepatitis B.
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Prevention Collaboration Success Stories

Within and Across the Regions of Florida
December, 2016

This drug-by-drug review of trends, progress, and challenges addresses the astonishing proliferation of substance abuse among Florida youth and adults.

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February 2017 Alert - Depression and Thoughts of Suicide

Measures of negative mental health indicators among Florida high school students surveyed were modestly lower than for students nationwide.

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Sign to Rehabilitation Study: Addiction Treatment More Successful if it Lasts More Than 30 Days

Researchers at the University of Southern California found after one year, the treatment success rate was 55 percent for those who underwent a 30-day treatment program, and 84 percent for those in treatment programs that lasted longer.

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Soldier guarding cocaine seizure Increase in Colombia’s Coca Crop May be Leading to Increasing Cocaine Use in U.S.

There are early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in almost a decade, according to a new State Department report on the global narcotics trade.
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Cover of Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder report Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

A comprehensive decision support tool that offers information on medication-assisted treatment and recovery options designed for individuals who want to find out about what type of help is available for people with opioid problems.
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Doctors and nurses surrounding a patient Clinical Trial Shows ED-Initiated Opioid Dependency Treatment has Markedly Better Outcomes

A study demonstrated that patients who were given a brief counseling intervention and a dose of buprenorphine were twice as likely to be engaged in formal treatment and less likely to use illicit opioids at 30 days after receiving the treatment.
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