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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2016 is January 25-31.This week is a national health observance for teens
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Join Together. Study Finds that 84% of People Being Treated for Addiction Smoke
A new international study finds 84 percent of people being treated for addiction smoke, compared with 31 percent of people in the general population.
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New Report Shows Steady Decline in Underage Drinking from 2002 to 2013
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows a significant decline in the level of past month (current) underage alcohol consumption, as well as a drop in underage binge drinking.Yet alcohol still remains the most widely used substance of abuse among youths aged 12 to 20.
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Not for Human Consumption: Spice and Bath Salts
Most commonly known as Spice, synthetic cannabinoids go by many different street names: K2, Spice Diamond, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Moon Rocks, and Skunk.
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Join Together - Study Questions the Effectiveness of Medical Marijuana for Many Conditions
A JAMA review of 80 studies of medical marijuana concludes it may be useful for treating certain conditions, but the evidence is weak in supporting the drug’s use for many others. The researchers said any benefits of medical marijuana must be weighed against side effects including nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, sleepiness and euphoria
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Effects of Marijuana, with and without Alcohol on Driving Performance
Using the most sophisticated driving simulator of its kind to mirror real-life situations, new research shows that marijuana use impairs one measure of driving performance.
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SAMHSA's National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
Raising awareness about the impact of child traumatic stress and what parents and caregivers can do to help children recover and thrive is the focus of a new public education campaign launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and its National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative.
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"Flakka" (alpha-PVP)
Use of a dangerous synthetic cathinone drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PDP), popularly known as "Flakka," is surging in Florida and is also being reported in other parts of the country, according to news reports.
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Join Together - Hospitals Report Hundreds of Cases of Illness Caused by Synthetic Marijuana
Hospitals across the country have been reporting hundreds of cases of seriously ill people coming to the emergency room after using synthetic marijuana. In New York City, more than 120 cases were reported in a single week, according to NPR.
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New Report Reveals Current and Long Term Trends in Heroin Use
A new report Tracking Heroin Use in the United States: 2002 to 2013 released by SAMHSA shows that while incidence of heroin use is still relatively small compared to other illicit substances (e.g., marijuana, prescription drug misuse, etc.)
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Featured Items

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

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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