Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

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Current Events

July 17, 2013
The “Above the Influence” (ATI) drug and alcohol prevention campaign, formerly funded through federal money, will shift from expensive television ads to lower-cost digital and social media campaigns, The New York Times...
July 12, 2013
A New Jersey congressman announced this week he will introduce legislation aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse among Medicare participants. Frank Pallone, Jr., is proposing to increase the requirements for...
July 9, 2013
A growing number of clinics around the country are treating pregnant women who are addicted to prescription painkillers, according to The Wall Street Journal. They are often associated with university medical centers,...
July 8, 2013
Deaths from prescription painkillers are rising more quickly among women than men, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Women’s deaths from the drugs have risen five-fold...
June 7, 2013
The new head of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products said he will soon start ruling on whether the agency will approve 4,000 new and existing products. Mitch Zeller told Bloomberg News he...
June 6, 2013
Sales of Monster Energy rose 9 percent in April and May compared with a year ago, despite recent headlines questioning the drink’s safety, according to The Wall Street Journal. In May, Monster Beverage Corp. filed a...
June 6, 2013
Two-thirds of pharmacists and 90 percent of doctors in Florida are not using the state’s prescription drug database, according to federal officials. Bills that would have required both professions to use the database...
June 6, 2013
Massachusetts is likely to become the first state to require retailers to display graphic cigarette warnings at tobacco sales racks and next to cash registers, The Boston Globe reports. The state Department of Health is...
May 17, 2013
Addiction to drugs, alcohol and tobacco are the most common mental health problems in teenagers, a new government report concludes. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed problem...
May 17, 2013
Georgia launched a campaign this week, “Generation Rx,” aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse in teens and young adults. The campaign is funded through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

 

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