Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

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Current Events

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...
July 12, 2012
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) this week introduced new bipartisan legislation to prevent the abuse of cough syrup to get high, a particularly worrisome trend among American teens. Dextromethorphan (DXM) is the active...
July 9, 2012
Methadone causes 30 percent of prescription painkiller overdose deaths, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some doctors are now prescribing methadone to treat chronic...
July 3, 2012
In 2004, Cody Greenhaw died at age 16 from an alcohol and drug overdose while at the house of a friend where adults were present. Survey data from Oklahoma 12th graders who drank alcohol, suggested that approximately 80...
July 2, 2012
On February 21, 2012, the superior Court of Pennsylvania handed down their opinion in the case of Commonwealth v. Downey. Joseph M. Downey, who was convicted of the summary offense of underage drinking, had appealed his...
July 2, 2012
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $3.6 million for Cooperative Agreements for Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Electronic Health Record...
June 25, 2012
Addiction is a disease, not a moral failure, according to Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He is scheduled to speak about addiction and drug control policy Monday at...
June 25, 2012
The prescription drug monitoring database in Massachusetts, which has been in operation for two years, appears to have helped stem “doctor shopping,” according to state health officials.

 

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