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FL Senate budget chief Latvala wants more opioid money before session
Florida’s Senate budget chief said Tuesday that he wants to fix a shortfall lawmakers left during the last legislative session in programs for drug abuse and mental health care.
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How U.S. states have used emergency declarations to fight the opioid epidemic
An appropriate use or diverting resources?
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Dramatic Increases in Alcohol Use, Abuse Reported in U.S. Adults
Women, the elderly and minorities saw biggest spikes
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Investors Are Hooked on This Drugmaker Battling Opioid Abuse
As opioid addiction reaches epidemic proportions in American communities, investors are getting hooked on a U.K. company trying to wean them off.
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A doctor was murdered over opioids. His city is left with no easy answers.
Dr. Todd Graham wasn’t yet halfway through his workday at South Bend Orthopaedics when a new patient came into his office here complaining of chronic pain.
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Opioid death rates may be higher than officials thought
A new study out this morning suggests that opioid-related deaths have been underreported, in part because up to a quarter of death certificates don’t document the drug responsible for an individual’s death.
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Opioid abuse started as a rural epidemic. It’s now a national one.
Many people associate the prescription opioid epidemic with rural America, where “hillbilly heroin,” as OxyContin is sometimes called, has claimed many lives. But new research shows that opioid misuse and addiction are now as prevalent in urban areas and suburbs as they are in rural ones.
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Opioid prescriptions down since 2010, but big differences seen among counties
The U.S. has seen an overall decrease in opioid prescriptions in recent years, but some counties are doling out the drugs at six times the rate of lowest-prescribing countries.
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Ending U.S. Opioid Abuse Epidemic Will Take Years: Report
Expert panel calls for tighter painkiller prescribing practices without denying patients in need
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Drug For Nerve Pain Boosts High For Opioid Abusers
Last December, Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy began reporting sales of gabapentin prescriptions in its regular monitoring of controlled substances.
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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

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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

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

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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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