Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

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Current Events

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.
June 25, 2012
Parents are finding it more difficult to have discussions with their children about why they shouldn’t use drugs, as a growing number of states are allowing medical marijuana, or considering legalizing recreational use...
June 8, 2012
Every new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders stirs up a host of questions and controversies, and the next DSM - the DSM-5, to be published in 2013 - is no exception. The diagnoses...
June 7, 2012
This study evaluated how well DSM-IV alcohol dependence criteria measure an alcohol use disorder (AUD) construct for recent onset adolescent drinkers at different levels of drinking frequency.Method: Data were drawn...
June 7, 2012
“Bath salts” are the latest synthetic drug to gain popularity among Marines, a development that concerns health officials. The Marine Corps is already wrestling with synthetic marijuana, or Spice. There is no way yet to...
June 6, 2012
Have you seen the revised edition of SAMHSA’s Focus On Prevention.  This comprehensive resource guides communities in planning and delivering substance abuse prevention strategies and covers needs assessments,...
May 23, 2012
We continue to celebrate National Prevention Week, and today’s theme focuses on preventing alcohol abuse. Alcohol consumption at high levels can pose serious safety and health risks and is associated with approximately...
May 22, 2012
  World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31 to encourage cessation from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The World Health Organization created World No Tobacco...
May 22, 2012
Sometimes people cope with difficult life situations or seek new experiences in harmful ways, such as experimenting with drugs to try to overcome stress or feel something new.1 Others assume that if they’re not using an...
May 21, 2012
Don’t miss the exciting unveiling of “Above the Influence’s” newest television ad, “We Rise Together.” The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign “We Rise Together” ad will feature real teen submissions, i.e....

 

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