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Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid misuse and use disorders

From NIH NIDA. To see the original article, click here. Science Spotlight New research suggests that marijuana users may be more likely than nonusers to misuse prescription opioids and develop prescription opioid use disorder. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, […]


The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years

From the NY Times. Click here to view original article and graphs. by Josh Katz The first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths in 2016 shows overdose deaths growing even faster than previously thought. Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to […]


New digital press kit on the opioids crisis from NIH

From NIH: NIH has a new digital press kit on the opioids crisis, with information, images, and videos. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/opioids-digital-press-kit  


Opioid Crisis: NIH Launches New Push to Fight Epidemic

From NBC News. To read the full article, click here. by Maggie Fox The National Institutes of Health announced a new push Wednesday to fight the opioid crisis, with fresh efforts to develop better drugs to fight addiction, to treat pain, and to stop overdoses. The giant agency — the world’s biggest funder of medical […]


‘Drugged Driving’ Surpasses Drunken Driving

From CNN. To read the full article, click here. ‘Drugged Driving’ Surpasses Drunken Driving Among Drivers Killed in Crashes, Report Finds by Robert Jimison Driving while on drugs was associated with more deaths in 2015 than driving with alcohol in one’s system, a new report found. Still, some safety experts caution that drunken driving remains […]


Congress Is on the Verge of Passing a Landmark Mental Health Bill

From Fortune.com, by Sy Mukherjee The legislation passed the House in a near-unanimous vote. Soon after the 2012 massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn., advocacy groups called for nationwide reforms on two major issues: gun violence prevention and mental health care. While progress on the former remains elusive in a sharply […]


Webinar: Increasing Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 2–3:30 p.m. Eastern Time SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), in collaboration with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), invites you to join an important webinar to discuss health insurance enrollment during the 2015–2016 open enrollment period for the state Health Insurance Marketplaces. The webinar will explore […]


National Conference

National Conference on Tackling Tobacco Use in Vulnerable Populations October 5 – 6, 2015, Bethesda, Maryland Click here for more information. Register today! Space is limited!   KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH PLENARY PRESENTERS: Peter Ashley, DrPH Diane Beistle Wilson Compton, MD MPE Dwana Calhoun, MS, CHES Shelina […]


Film Review: Off-Label

Off-Label, this feature film’s title, refers to the practice by some physicians of prescribing a legal drug for a condition or disease for which the drug has not been specifically approved. Off-Label is quite different from what might be expected for an educational documentary. Rather than presenting a lot of facts or statistics in a […]