Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Current Events

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...
October 18, 2012
Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead plans to run in the New York City Marathon next month as a member of a charity team dedicated to reducing underage drinking and impaired driving.
October 18, 2012
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is focusing on drug distributors in an effort to fight prescription painkiller abuse, The New York Times reports. In the past, the agency has tried tactics including arresting...
October 18, 2012
Officials at Chicago O’Hare’s international mail facility report an increase in shipments of synthetic drugs from China and Europe. Some of these drugs are extremely potent, according to the New York Daily News. The...
October 16, 2012
While illicit drug use has decreased in most large American cities, prescription drug abuse has climbed, according to a new study. The study evaluated emergency room visits related to drug abuse in 11 major metropolitan...
October 12, 2012
The company that manufactures OxyContin is using a variety of ways to combat the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. Purdue Pharma is monitoring drug counterfeiting and Internet distribution, analyzing pharmacy...

 

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