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As new and lethal opioids flood U.S. streets, crime labs race to identify them
The yellow pills had already killed four before landing in Brian Hargett’s lab last month. They were clearly counterfeit — the letters P-E-R-C-O-C-E-T were as crooked as the dealer who had peddled them throughout central Georgia — but now his chemists had to figure out exactly what they were.
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As Florida's opioid crisis worsens, what are state officials doing?
Opioids, mostly heroin and fentanyl, killed an average of 14 people a day in Florida during the first half of 2016.
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Teens give warning about prescription drug abuse
Program at East Canton Middle School highlights risk of misusing prescription drugs
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Are Narcan Parties Really a Growing Trend?
Some reports of “Narcan parties” or “Lazarus parties” indicate that users want to feel the experience of being brought back from the dead.
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Florida Institutes Mandatory Minimums for Fentanyl Possession
The law establishes mandatory minimum sentences for possession of certain amounts of fentanyl.
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Meth Use Surges in Western, Southern and Midwestern States
The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years, but another deadly but popular drug, methamphetamine, also has been surging in many parts of the country.
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September is National Recovery Month
Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
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New NIAAA strategic plan aims to advance alcohol research across a broad spectrum of areas
As scientific advances continue to expand our understanding of how alcohol affects human health and point to new ways to address alcohol-related harm, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released its 2017-2021 strategic plan for research
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Drug Overdoses May Now Be the Leading Cause of Death for Young People
You’ve likely heard it before: The United States is in the middle of a drug epidemic that’s largely fueled by opioids. Drug overdose deaths appear to have risen nearly 20 percent from 2015 to 2016, possibly making them the leading cause of death for people under 50, according to early data compiled by The New York Times.
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SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) highlights the new Learning Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today launched the new Learning Center for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) Web site.
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Featured Items

Global Tuberculosis Report: 2016

Cover of Early Childhood Guide The main aim of the report is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic, and of progress in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease at global, regional and country levels.
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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 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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Focus on Prevention: Strategies and Programs to Prevent Substance Abuse - Revised

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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

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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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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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

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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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