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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.
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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,
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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
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Heroin Taking Bigger Share of U.S. Opioid ODs: MedlinePlus Health News
Hospital discharges tied to the illicit drug are rising as those from prescription painkillers fall
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Post-Op Opioids: How Much Is Enough?: MedlinePlus Health News
Certain surgeries require longer prescriptions, researchers say
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The Pills Are Everywhere: How the Opioid Crisis Claims Its Youngest Victims - The New York Times
Increasingly, parents and the police are encountering toddlers and young children unconscious or dead after consuming an adult’s opioids.
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SAMHSA Disaster Distress Resources and Helpline
Learn about who is most at risk for emotional distress from hurricanes and tropical storms and where to find disaster-related resources.
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SAMHSA Launches the Knowledge Network
The new library features behavioral health training, technical assistance, collaboration, and workforce development resources for the health care community.
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Human Trafficking and Drugs
Human trafficking is the subject of a new Government initiative that aims to increase awareness of the problem and how natural disasters can increase the risks for it; it’s an important issue that’s connected to drug trafficking.
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HRSA awards $200 million to health centers nationwide to tackle mental health and fight the opioid overdose crisis
Approximately $200 million will support 1,178 health centers to support expansion and integration of mental health services and substance abuse services.
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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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