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Alcohol-related Deaths Increasing in the United States

From NIH, Friday, January 10, 2020 An analysis of U.S. death certificate data by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that nearly 1 million people died from alcohol-related causes between 1999 and 2017. The number of death certificates mentioning alcohol more than […]


Vaping: Know the Facts

Addiction Policy Forum recently launched a new awareness campaign and toolkit for parents, teachers, school administrators, and teens. The free, interactive toolkit includes: *new* animated video, fact sheet, classroom activity, education-based detention intervention, online courses, and much more… As the real risks of “vaping” remain largely misunderstood by adults and teens alike, Vaping: Know the Facts boils […]


Sesame Street Tackles Addiction

The newest muppet to join Sesame Street will discuss that she’s in foster care because her mom had to go away for a “grown-up problem.” Yellow-haired Karli says that she loves her mom but that she couldn’t take care of her because she was having a tough time. Karli is part of the Sesame Street […]


E-Cigarette and Vaping Updates

As of October 15, 2019, 1,479 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products have been reported to CDC. Thirty-three deaths have been confirmed in 24 states (as reported on CDC.gov). It is important the prevention community know the risks and the latest advisory from the CDC. Resources below include a Health Advisory from […]


HHS Safe Importation Action Plan

HHS Press Release HHS Announces New Action Plan to Lay Foundation for Safe Importation of Certain Prescription Drugs The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that HHS and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are publishing a Safe Importation Action Plan – PDF* that outlines two potential pathways that would lay the […]


See how many opioid pills were sold in your town

From the Washington Post Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database For the first time, a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States — by manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city — has been made public. The […]


Digital Therapy to Treat SUDs

From PsychiatryAdvisor Using Digital Therapeutics to Treat Substance Use Disorders More than 20 million adults struggle with a substance use disorder, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shared by Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, […]


New SAMHSA Criminal Justice Publications

SAMHSA recently released four publications on mental illness and the criminal justice system. Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT): A Service Delivery Model for Individuals With Serious Mental Illness Involved With the Criminal Justice System – This brief provides an overview of Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT)—an intensive service delivery model intended for people with serious […]


Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

New Free E-Learning Program on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) announced a new, free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. The program, available via OMH’s Think Cultural Health website, is designed to develop behavioral health providers’ knowledge and skills related […]


WHO classifies gaming disorder as behavioral addiction

From NPR Is ‘Gaming Disorder’ An Illness? WHO Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases by Anya Kamenetz They are popular. They are controversial. And now, video games have just become an internationally recognized addiction. On May 25, the World Health Organization officially voted to adopt the latest edition of its International Classification […]