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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 http://www.samhsa.gov/capt.

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