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SAMHSA Disaster Distress Resources and Helpline
Learn about who is most at risk for emotional distress from hurricanes and tropical storms and where to find disaster-related resources.
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SAMHSA Launches the Knowledge Network
The new library features behavioral health training, technical assistance, collaboration, and workforce development resources for the health care community.
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Human Trafficking and Drugs
Human trafficking is the subject of a new Government initiative that aims to increase awareness of the problem and how natural disasters can increase the risks for it; it’s an important issue that’s connected to drug trafficking.
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HRSA awards $200 million to health centers nationwide to tackle mental health and fight the opioid overdose crisis
Approximately $200 million will support 1,178 health centers to support expansion and integration of mental health services and substance abuse services.
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Most opioid users stay on drugs even after overdosing, Pa. Medicaid study finds
Perhaps the one good thing about an overdose is that it might scare a drug abuser into going straight. But new research shows that’s usually not the case.
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Obituaries reveal damage caused by opioid addiction (New York state)
Parents who have lost children to drug overdoses use obituaries to share the family's struggle with addiction.
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Opioid ODs Have Cut Into U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC: MedlinePlus Health News
Rising death rates from opioid abuse are chipping away at Americans' life spans, a U.S. government study finds.
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The Opioid Commission: Ringing The Right Alarm To Respond To The Overdose Epidemic
The White House’s Opioid Commission in declaring a national emergency and breaking with tradition offers much hope for stemming the overdose death rate.
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FL Senate budget chief Latvala wants more opioid money before session
Florida’s Senate budget chief said Tuesday that he wants to fix a shortfall lawmakers left during the last legislative session in programs for drug abuse and mental health care.
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How U.S. states have used emergency declarations to fight the opioid epidemic
An appropriate use or diverting resources?
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Featured Items

Mental Health: a Path Forward

Key findings by the Prevention Institute that emphasizes community prevention. Mental Health: a Path Forward illustrates the key findings of a new report by the Prevention Institute that emphasizes community prevention. See the full report below (Back to our Roots).
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Summary of Recommendations: President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Final Report (11/2017)

Cover page of the President's Opioid Commission Final Report - From November 1 2017 The final report included 56 recommendations across 4 domains. The full final report is below (Reports and Toolkits).
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Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth

Human trafficking is the subject of a new Government initiative that aims to increase awareness of the problem and how drug trafficking is connected. FADAA hosted statewide workshops to support point of care providers in learning more about how exploited persons may cross their professional path.
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Patient Management: Care for Success in the Opioid Epidemic

Medication assisted treatment is the use of medications and counseling with behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders such as addiction to heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates and prevent opioid overdose. FADAA held a workshop this Fall that described for providers how our understanding of the brain and clinical research elucidate strategies for patient management.
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Women of Childbearing Age and Opioids

Cover of Early Childhood Guide The past decade has seen a rise in the proportion of infants who have been exposed to opioid drugs, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone), at birth.
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National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020

African American woman lighting a cigarette Today, an estimated 4.4 million Americans from all walks of life are living with chronic viral hepatitis infection and are at increased risk for liver disease, liver cancer, and death. We have the knowledge and tools to save lives and win the fight against viral hepatitis. This National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan for 2017-2020 (Action Plan) uses this knowledge and these tools to prevent new infections, improve the lives of people living with viral hepatitis, and chart a course toward elimination of these public health threats.
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Focus on Prevention: Strategies and Programs to Prevent Substance Abuse - Revised

African American woman lighting a cigarette This manual helps communities plan and deliver substance use prevention strategies.
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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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Helping Young Children Who Have Experience Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education

Petrie Dish Almost half of children in the United States—approximately 35 million—have experienced one or more types of trauma, and young children are at especially high risk compared to older children.
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Reports & Toolkits

Cover - FADAA Alert - Jim Hall 12/17 Substance Aubse Report

Opioids and Cocaine: Rapidly Evolving Epidemics in Florida (FADAA Substance Abuse Trends Alert, 12/17)



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Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants - Cover
Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants


This Clinical Guide provides comprehensive, national guidance for optimal management of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder and their infants.

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Getting in the Driver's Seat of Your Treatment Plan: Preparing for your Plan


Developed by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, this kit helps clients prepare for their first recovery planning meeting and was shared by Dr. Tondora as part of her 1/26/18 Strengths-Based Assessments and Person-Centered Treatment Planning webinar for FADAA.

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Managing Pain - Cover - Which option works best for you?
RX Pain Medications: Know the Options, Get the Facts


SAMHSA has just published The Rx Pain Medications, a series of 13 fact sheets designed to increase awareness of the risks associated with prescription opioid use and misuse, as well as to educate patients who are prescribed opioids for pain about the risks and to provide resources on methods for alternative pain management.

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Peer Recovery Coaching Cover 4 new briefs that highlight the value of peer supports have been developed by SAMHSA:

Peer Support

Peers Supporting Recovery From Mental Health Conditions

Supporting Recovery From Substance Use Disorders

Parent, and Caregiver Peer Support in Behavioral Health





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Florida Multidisciplinary Board Fact Finding Workgroup on Controlled Substances (11/3/17)


The Florida Department of Health’s factfinding workgroup met to consider strategies health care boards might employ to reduce opioid deaths in Florida.

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Cover page of the President's Opioid Commission Final Report - From November 1 2017
Characteristics of Inpatient Stays Involving Hepatitis C, 2005-2014 (11/17 AHRQ)


Hospital stays involving hepatitis C increased 67 percent among Baby Boomer patients more than any other age group, according to a new AHRQ brief. Hospital stays involving hepatitis C nearly tripled likely due to increased needle use associated with the nation's opioid epidemic. Access the brief and visit Webinars to see our latest training on Infectious Disease Control for Persons Who Inject Drugs with Dr. Cook.

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2016 Annual Drug Report - 2016
Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy (TFAH, 11/17)


More than 1.6 Million Americans Could Die from Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide During Next Decade – A 60 Percent Increase from Previous 10 Years – according to a new report.

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Cover page of the President's Opioid Commission Final Report - From November 1 2017
Back to our Roots: Catalyzing Community Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing (Prevention Institute, 9/17)


This report illustrates how improving community conditions can reduce the incidence and intensity of mental health challenges, and help activate resilience.

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2016 Annual Drug Report - 2016
Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons by Florida Medical Examiners (FDLE, 11/17)


The Medical Examiners Commission recently produced their annual report that identifies drugs found in deceased persons investigated by Florida Medical Examiners. The data distinguishes between drugs indicated as the cause of death and other drugs that were present in the body at the time of death. Data was collected on Opioids, Benzodiazepines, and other drug categories.

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Cover page of the President's Opioid Commission Final Report - From November 1 2017
President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Final Report (11/2017)


The final report of the President’s Commission, published 11/2017.

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CDC's Provisional Counts of Drug Overdose Deaths, as of 8/6/2017
Provisional Counts of Drug Overdose Deaths, as of 8/6/2017 (CDC)


This data visualization presents provisional counts for drug overdose deaths based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System.

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Women's Health Guidelines
2017 Florida Best Practice Recommendations for Women of Reproductive Age with Serious Mental Illness and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders7


This publication provides guidance to clinicians who treat women that are pregnant or of childbearing age with substance use problems. Developed by the University of South Florida, Florida Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program, and sponsored by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the recommendations also address use of long-acting contraceptives in women of childbearing age.

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Prevention Collaboration Success Stories
Patterns and Trends of Substance Abuse in Florida
Within and Across the Regions of Florida
June, 2017


The drug-by-drug review of trends, progress, and challenges addresses: underage drinking; nicotine and E-cigarettes; vaping; marijuana; novel psychoactive substances such as synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones, tryptamines, and piperazines; cocaine; methamphetamine; heroin; non-medical misuse and abuse of medications such as prescription opioids, benzodiazepines, stimulants, and over the counter (OTC) medications.

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Cover - FADAA Alert - Jim Hall

PATTERNS AND TRENDS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE
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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Cover - FADAA Alert - Jim Hall

Substance Abuse Trends Alert June 2017 (8/17)



This alert focuses on the Florida drug-Related Outcomes Surveillance and Tracking System, an online tool developed for researchers, public health professions, community coalitions, and the general public. FROST provides a user-friendly data source to explore Florida and national drug-related indicators. Read more link




Cover - FADAA Alert - Jim Hall

Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 4



This report presents national data about the prevalence of behavioral health conditions. This data includes the rate of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and underage drinking.

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Sign to Rehabilitation Linking Older Adults With Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health Resources

This toolkit helps service providers for the aging learn more about mental illness and substance use disorders in older adults.

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (1/16)

This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose.

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