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Florida's Naloxone Locator Tool a Key Part of DCF's Overdose Prevention Program

The Florida Department of Children and Families Naloxone Locator Tool connects individuals in the community with local distribution sites and other helpful resources and information. (11/15/18)   READ MORE

FDA Approves New Opioid

The FDA has approved a new, potent, fast-acting opioid, Dsuvia, for administration in certified medically-supervised health care settings and battlefield treatments. (11/9/18)    READ MORE

DEA releases 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment

The DEA announced results of the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, which outlines the threats posed to the United States by drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs. (11/5/18)    READ MORE

The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act becomes Law (10/24/18)

The new legislative package, H.R. 6, addresses the opioid crisis through treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities, and combating illicit synthetic drugs. (11/1/18)    READ MORE

ASAM Criteria Referenced in New Federal Law

The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s dimensions of multidimensional assessments are referenced in the Definitions section (Subtitle F IMD Care Act, Sec. 5052) of H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which became public law on 10/24/18. State Medicaid programs covering care in IMD must meet certain requirements, including the use of ASAM dimensions. Read more about the ASAM Criteria.    READ MORE

Proposed Changes to FL Substance Abuse Services Published this Week

A proposed administrative rule change was released on Tuesday affecting Florida's Substance Abuse Services. This week FBHA members received an analysis of the proposed changes, affecting the rule which was originally published 12/2017. (10/26/18)    READ MORE

Partnership gives residents a new start at life

Baptist Medical Center Nassau and Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare team up to help patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders. (10/11/18)    READ MORE

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care: Overview

The Agency for Health Care Administration reviews upcoming changes to Florida’s new contracts. (9/14/18)    READ MORE

Sugar pills relieve pain for chronic pain patients (9/12/18)

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine scientists publish results of their study in Nature Communications.    READ MORE

NIH Ohio State HWY Patrol Reports Heroin and Fentanyl

The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified a mixture of heroin and fentanyl found in the Ross Correctional Institution. (9/6/18)    READ MORE

A New Model Addresses Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduces a new payment and service delivery model to reduce expenditures and improve care for children covered by Medicaid with behavioral and physical health needs. (8/23/18)    READ MORE

A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD

Research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that a shorter therapy may be just as effective as lengthier first-line treatments. (8/8/18)    READ MORE

Opioid Legislation Nears Completion with Passage of Senate Bill

The Senate passed its version of a legislative package to address the opioid crisis; the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 passed in a 99 to 1 vote. (9/20/18)    READ MORE

New Provider Guidance on Patient Care for Pregnant Mothers with OUD

SAMHSA announces the release of 4 new Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby: Opioids in Pregnancy fact sheets. (8/30/18)    READ MORE

Opioid Prescribing Decreases After Learning of a Patient’s Fatal Overdose

Small-scale study involved clinicians who received a letter from the county medical examiner notifying them that a patient they had prescribed opioids to in the past twelve months had a fatal overdose. (8/9/18)    READ MORE

Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. (9/20/18)    READ MORE

Child Welfare and Family Court OUD Training Modules Produced

A new series of targeted free training modules are now available for child welfare workforce and judicial staff (9/12/18).    READ MORE

Monitoring the Future Survey Results Now Online

NIDA announced that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey results on substance use trends are now available online, comparing substance use patterns of full-time college students to their non-college peers (9/5/18).    READ MORE

September is National Recovery Month

Explore tips and events related to the 2018 National Recovery Month; the theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community (9/10/18).   READ MORE

New SAMHSA Resource Now in Spanish

SAMHSA announces the release of the Spanish translation of the updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (8/9/18).   READ MORE

NIDA Launches MAT Tool

A new tool to assist clinicians implementing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder is now available.   READ MORE

Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey Published

A collaborative effort between government entities, the 2018 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey was just released and assesses risk and protective factors among students. (9/24/18)   READ MORE

CCBHC Impact Survey

The National Council released its CCBHC Addiction Treatment Impact survey report, Bridging the Addiction Treatment Gap: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. The report’s findings support the role of CCBHCs in addiction treatment. (6/12/18)   READ MORE

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

SAMHSA announces the update of an important resource on opioid overdose prevention, the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit.   READ MORE

Behavioral Health Integration FAQs

In April, CMS updated the publication Frequently Asked Questions about Billing Medicare for Behavioral Health Integration Services to the Physician Fee Schedule (4/17/18).   READ MORE

FDA Issues Warning Letters

FDA warns companies selling illegal, unapproved kratom products marketed for opioid cessation (5/22/18).   READ MORE

Ounce Of Prevention - Post Funding Opportunity

The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida has a funding opportunity for prevention programs to "Reduce substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) among pregnant and parenting women and teenagers" among other initiatives.   READ MORE

Operation Prevention

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has joined with Discovery Education to combat substance misuse nationwide. Results are a range of fresh resources including virtual field trips, parent resources, and a national video challenge.  READ MORE

Children of the Opioid Epidemic

The New York Times Magazine publishes the experiences of mothers struggling to overcome addiction.  READ MORE

Sessions Proposes Plan to Limit Opioid Production

Attorney General Jeff Sessions proposed a change to national drug policy by limiting the amount of opioids that certain companies can manufacture each year.   READ MORE

Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts

Alcohol use is the subject of a new fact sheet published by SAMHSA as a prevention resource written specifically for preteens and teens.  READ MORE

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA announces the launch of the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, which aims to provide communities, clinicians, policymakers, and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.  READ MORE

Prevention Conversations

Prevention Conversations is a series of short videos produced by SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. Hear SAMHSA prevention grantees and specialists share information and stories related to the prevention of opioid misuse, overdose, and other substance-related problems. Learn more about effective approaches to preventing these pressing substance misuse problems at

County-Level Hospitalization Rates Show Impact of Opioids, Other Substances

A new online statistical resource from AHRQ allows users to compare county-level hospitalization rates for opioids, alcohol, stimulants and other drugs. To support efforts to address the opioids crisis, AHRQ has also updated an interactive map to provide county-specific data on opioid-related hospitalization rates in 32 states.  READ MORE

Hip-Hop Music Influencing More African-Americans to Try "Molly"

In a study published the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, researchers found 82 percent said music influenced their decision to try it.   READ MORE

New Peer Support Tools

SAMHSA has produced new briefs that describe how peer supports advance recovery and add value to behavioral health systems.   READ MORE

Hospital Stays for Hepatitis C Increase Most Among Baby Boomers

Hospital stays involving hepatitis C increased 67 percent among “Baby Boomer” patients between 2005 and 2014, more than any other age group, according to a new AHRQ statistical brief.   READ MORE


Statewide Drug Policy Advisory Council 2017 Annual Report

DOH's Drug Policy Advisory Council publishes their 2017 Annual Report that includes recommendations, summarizes last year's accomplishments, and connects the latest statistics to policy.   READ MORE

Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy 

Released by the Trust for America’s Health, the study highlights solutions and calls for a national resilience strategy.   READ MORE

Medical Examiners Commission releases Drugs in Deceased Persons report (11/15/17)

The Florida Medical Examiners Commission released its 2016 annual report, Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons by Florida Medical Examiners. The report, covering Jan. through Dec. 2016, shows drugs either caused or were present in 11,910 deaths across Florida. Data is collected on 46 drugs including opioids, benzodiazepines, and cocaine.   READ MORE

President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

>On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission will be chaired by Governor Chris Christie and will study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis.   READ MORE

Former Heroin Addict Calls Vivitrol 'Miracle Drug' that Helped him Kick Addiction

Addicted inmates in Orange County Jail on waiting list to get into program.   READ MORE