Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pleased to announce the release of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. This landmark report was developed as a collaboration between SAMHSA and the Office of the Surgeon General.

Today, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy published a landmark report on a health crisis affecting every community in our country. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health is a comprehensive review of the science of substance use, misuse, and disorders. The report is available online at Addiction.SurgeonGeneral.gov.

Nearly 21 million people in America have a substance use disorder involving alcohol or drugs, an astonishing figure that is comparable to the number of people in our country with diabetes and higher than the total number of Americans suffering from all cancers combined. But in spite of the massive scope of this problem, only 1 in 10 people with a substance use disorder receives treatment.

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Prescription Opioid Overdose, Abuse and Dependence Costs $78.5 Billion Annually

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Prescription Opioid Overdose, Abuse and Dependence Costs $78.5 Billion Annually BY September 15th, 2016 Painkiller, prescription drugs, money

A new study estimates prescription opioid overdose, abuse and dependence costs $78.5 billion annually in the United States.

Researchers from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control said healthcare accounts for about one-third of costs attributable to the prescription opioid epidemic,Newswise reports. An additional one-fourth of costs are borne by the public sector, they wrote in the journal Medical Care. Those costs include public insurance (Medicaid, Medicare and veterans’ programs), as well as other government sources for addiction treatment.

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ADAS Board approves "Strategic Plan to Secure Financial Resources (V 2.0)"

At their meeting of July 5, 2016.  The Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County approved the "Strategic Plan to Secure Financial Resources (V 2.0).  This plan accumulates the statutory and fiduciary responsibilities of ADAS pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 340 inclusive:  Continuum of Care, County Health Improvement and the Critical Need for Local Funding to support prevention, treatment and recovery support services.  The document can be accessed :ADAS BOARD STRATEGIC PLAN 070516

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Updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkits are available

Silent Epidemic: Seniors and Addiction

Silent Epidemic: Seniors and Addiction

Unsuspected misuse of opioid pain medicine can lead to overdose.

Close-up of a woman taking a pill.

Asking about substance use can help health care providers identify patients at risk for substance abuse.America is experiencing an epidemic of heroin use and overdose deaths, often hitting young adults. But many people, sometimes much older, are at risk of abusing other types of drugs – the kind that come in prescription vials. Opioid pain medications – such as oxycodone, which is in OxyContin and Percocet; and fentanyl, which is administered through an adhesive patch – are prescribed for chronic conditions such as lower back pain,fibromyalgia, headache or arthritis. The fact is, however, that overdoses of these "respectable" drugs can be just as harmful as those from heroin sold on the street.

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Help for Women With Opioid Addiction

Help for Women With Opioid Addiction

Mothers with opioid dependencies have unmet need

by Shannon Firth
Contributing Writer

Three years ago, Jack Baker was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a condition common to infants whose mothers took opioids during their pregnancies.

Jack was 5 lbs, 3 oz and spent 3 weeks weaning at the Ohio State University Hospital. He had tiny puncture marks on his chest from tubes inserted to help him breathe, said his adoptive mother Carrie Baker.

Baker, the director of public policy and advocacy at Ohio Children's Hospital Association in Columbus, said his biological mother likely had not received any prenatal care.

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Guide for Policy Makers recently released

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is pleased to announce the release of its new Guide for Policymakers: Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment of Risky Substance Use and Addiction. This guide summarizes those policies and practices that have proven most effective at addressing risky substance use and addiction at the federal, state and local levels. The guide is of unprecedented breadth and depth; it relies on more than 20 years of work at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, as well as the work of other leaders in the field, to evaluate the efficacy of various initiatives and present those that hold the most promise. It focuses on the three systems most affected by substance use: health, education and justice.

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