Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Current Events

July 26, 2012
A growing number of U.S. colleges are adopting smoking bans. The Christian Science Monitor reports that many schools have adopted total bans, both indoors and out. On Monday, the Ohio Board of Regents recommended a...
July 25, 2012
Drug companies must pay to dispose of unused prescription medications, under a plan approved Tuesday in Northern California. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the ordinance, the...
July 24, 2012
A coordinated strategy aimed at high-risk college drinking can be effective, a new study suggests. The strategy addresses alcohol availability, policy enforcement and perceptions about the rate of high-risk drinking...
July 24, 2012
Kentucky lawmakers may consider modifying a state law that requires doctors to use a prescription monitoring database for opioid pain medication, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The new law, signed by Governor...
July 24, 2012
Law enforcement at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, has prohibited a new synthetic drug called “Pump-It! Powder.” A warning issued at the Army installation notes the drug can cause convulsions, paranoia, chest pains or increased...
July 23, 2012
A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the tragedy that occurred...
July 23, 2012
Highlights SAMHSA’s 20 years of progress in the behavioral health field with a look toward the future. Also describes a program to help diverse populations access behavioral health care, an underage drinking campaign;...
July 16, 2012
America’s drug problem is shifting from illicit substances like cocaine to abuse of prescription painkillers, a change that is forcing policy makers to re-examine the long and expensive strategy of trying to stop...
July 13, 2012
States’ efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse are being made more difficult by people who travel to states such as Florida and Georgia to obtain painkillers, the Associated Press reports. These so-called “...
July 13, 2012
In one neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Tennessee, almost half of the babies are going through withdrawal from prescription pills, ABC News reports. Most of the babies are going through withdrawal from painkillers...

 

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