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Image by NIDA The practice of co-prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to Medicare Part D patients who take opioids for chronic pain increased between 2016 and 2017, though such co-prescriptions were provided to only a small minority of patients who might benefit, according... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
See larger image Newly released Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey data on drug use in college-age adults ages 19-22 shows an increase in marijuana use in the past five years, including vaping with marijuana, as well as a significant increase in nicotine vaping. The survey is funded by ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institutes of Health will award 12 grants to form the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide. The awards, totaling an estimated $155 million from the... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Program will hold a one-day symposium to summarize the most recent advances in opioid research. Topics range from the use of a therapeutic workplace to address opioid use disorders to basic research such as findings... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
A 14-year-old's innovative approach to prevent tampering and misuse of opioid pills won a first place Addiction Science Award at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world's largest science competition for high school students. The awards are... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
Cannabis use more than doubled among pregnant women in the United States during the period 2002-2017, according to data collected from 467,100 women aged 12-44 who participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). After adjusting for age, race/ethnicity, and family income, past-... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
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By: Victoria Chau, Public Health Analyst, SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity and Roslyn Holliday-Moore, Public Health Analyst, SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing population in the United States, representing numerous cultures, ... more
Wed, May 22, 2019
Source SAMHSA
By: Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA, Director, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services Our population is aging. Approximately 75 million Americans will be over age 65 by 2030.  Additionally, a 2012 study from the Institute on Medicine found that approximately one in ... more
Mon, May 20, 2019
Source SAMHSA
By: Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use This week marks the first full week of Mental Health Awareness Month.  I am pleased to share that we have started this week with SAMHSA’s 14th Children’s ... more
Tue, May 07, 2019
Source SAMHSA
By: Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA, Director, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services ... more
Wed, May 01, 2019
Source SAMHSA
By: Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use I write this today not to provide a listing of programs that my agency has funded nor an update on how we are doing in addressing the ... more
Mon, Apr 29, 2019
Source SAMHSA
By: Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA, Director, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services Bipolar Disorder is a condition that includes episodes of disabling depression and periods of uncontrollable energy.  It is common for all of us to have some changes in mood; Bipolar ... more
Fri, Apr 26, 2019
Source SAMHSA
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