Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

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Current Events

November 15, 2013
A review of medical groups’ guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain finds most of the organizations are in are agreement, Reuters reports. “There is widespread agreement about some basic ways of...
November 12, 2013
E-cigarette companies are using celebrities in ads and flavorings in their products to appeal to new customers, USA Today reports. Unlike regular cigarettes, the marketing of e-cigarettes is not currently regulated by...
November 8, 2013
Rules that will require health insurers to provide coverage for addiction and mental health that is equal to benefits for general medical coverage will be issued Friday by the Obama administration, The New York Times...
November 8, 2013
Americans turned in 647,211 pounds, or 324 tons, of expired and unwanted medications for safe and proper disposal during the most recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26. The event was led by the...
November 8, 2013
An online training program designed to reduce prescription drug abuse shows promise in early results, HealthCanal reports. A three-month follow-up survey shows providers who participated in the program have changed...
October 22, 2013
Baby boomers appear to be carrying their substance abuse habits with them as they age, according to a behavioral health expert at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. David W. Oslin, MD, says...
October 22, 2013
An international review of studies looking at substance abuse by truckers finds those who are most likely to use alcohol or drugs on the job are younger and less well paid. Other risk factors for substance use include...
October 22, 2013
Three months after medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Washington, D.C., the centers say they are losing money, according to The Washington Post. Patients say they have been discouraged by lengthy applications and...
October 18, 2013
Legislators in Ohio, which has experienced a surge in opioid overdose deaths, are calling for stricter standards for prescribing opioids for pain, The Columbus Dispatch reports. According to the Ohio Department of...
October 17, 2013
Washington state approved rules this week for the recreational sale of marijuana, the Associated Press reports. The Washington Liquor Control Board, which adopted the rules, will issue licenses for up to 334 marijuana...

 

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