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Drugs of Abuse: A DEA Resource Guide

Education plays a critical role in preventing substance abuse. Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide, is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. This comprehensive guide provides important information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts. (May 2018)

Substance Abuse Trends Alert

Popular media often portrays illicit drug use as a problem disproportionately affecting metropolitan communities. However, research and data trends do not support that portrayal. While rural and non-rural communities may face unique challenges when it comes to illicit drug use, data indicates that opioid use prevalence rates are comparable.(FADAA Substance Abuse Trends Alert, April 18)

Patterns and Trends of Substance Use Within and Across the Regions of Florida

This report provides a statewide and regional overview of substance abuse issues and trends in Florida using information from multiple sources available as of December 2017. It includes information about the progress of the opioid epidemic in Florida, describes historic declines in alcohol use, binge drinking and cigarette smoking among Florida’s middle and high school students and trends in the use of cocaine and Novel Psychoactive Substances. (May 2018)

New Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA's new Resource Center contains a collection of science-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, and clinical practice guidelines. Recognizing the enormity of the opioid epidemic, the Resource Center includes an opioid-specific resources section.

Video: Working with People in Recovery Homes – Engaging Residents in Overdose Prevention Efforts

Sterling Gildersleeve, Director, presents some important steps Phoenix Recovery Support Services in Chicago, Illinois is taking to prevent opioid overdose among its residents.

Video: Examining our Biases about People who Misuse Opioids

Heartland Center for Systems Change Senior Director, Valery Shuman, underscores the importance of examining our misconceptions about people with substance use disorders.

Video: Harm Reduction and Opioid Misuse – Embracing Positive Change

The Chicago Recovery Alliance’s Director, Dan Bigg, explores the role of harm reduction in helping people with substance use disorders stay healthy.

Video: Plan C: Keeping People Alive

Dr. Alexander Walley highlights the importance of working with active drug users to develop a concrete and realistic plan for how to prevent opioid overdose.

Substance Abuse Trends Alert

Recent International Actions to Control Deadly Fentanyl Analogs (FADAA Substance Abuse Trends Alert, 1/18)
International cooperation has led to new approaches designed to staunch the flow of fentanyl analogs into the United States.

Substance Abuse Trends Alert

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

Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women

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

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.

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.

TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (SAMHSA 2/2018)

This TIP reviews the use of the three FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder —methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2017 Florida Best Practice Recommendations for Women of Reproductive Age with Serious Mental Illness and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders

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

Patterns and Trends of Substance Abuse in Florida Within and Across the Regions of Florida

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. (June 2017)

PATTERNS AND TRENDS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE Within and Across the Regions of Florida

This drug-by-drug review of trends, progress, and challenges addresses the astonishing proliferation of substance abuse among Florida youth and adults. (December 2016)