Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

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Current Events

November 28, 2012
Michael Botticelli has been sworn in as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), according to UPI. Botticelli, who is in long-term recovery from addiction, is a former director of the...
November 26, 2012
A law signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bans health care facilities from improperly disposing of prescription medications, by discharging them into public sewer or septic systems. Before the law goes into...
November 26, 2012
Vermont officials report an increase in heroin use, as OxyContin abuse decreases, according to the Associated Press. The state Health Department notes nine people died of heroin overdoses in 2011, and six have died so...
November 26, 2012
A plan that would require applicants for welfare and unemployment benefits in Texas to be tested for drugs would hurt children, critics argue. The plan is backed by Governor Rick Perry. Under the proposed plan, only...
November 24, 2012
Why worry about substance abuse prevention? The sobering statistics make it clear: Each year the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol contributes to the death of more than 100,000 Americans and tobacco to the death of an...
November 20, 2012
Health insurers are unlikely to start covering the cost of medical marijuana, even as more states approve its use, The Washington Post reports. Earlier this month, Massachusetts joined 17 other states and the District...
November 2, 2012
Psychologists warn the mental health effects of Hurricane Sandy could be powerful, HealthDay reports. “Sandy, like all natural disasters, is considered a criterion ‘A1′ stressor in the diagnoses of...
October 23, 2012
Bullying among young children is not uncommon. When groups of young children, who often differ significantly in physical size, skill level, and family experience, get together regularly, patterns of hurtful behavior...
October 22, 2012
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a time for all of us to take a closer look at what we—as organizations, communities, families, and individuals—can do to prevent substance abuse. SAMHSA applauds...
October 19, 2012
Both critics and supporters of a measure on the November ballot that would legalize small amounts of marijuana possession for those over age 21 in Colorado say the state could see an influx of  “marijuana tourists...

 

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