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NASMHPD Policy Statement on Tobacco Cessation in All Behavioral Health Settings

From NASMHPD. Click here for the pdf. Smoking, and tobacco use of any kind, continues to be an issue of focus due to its detriment on health and the well-being of any community. This impact can be felt throughout every facet of life up to and including the cost of healthcare as a result of […]


Knowledge of HIV Status is on the Rise

From HIV.gov. To read the blog in it’s entirety, click here: by Richard Wolitski, Director, OHAIDP & Nathan Fecik, Public Health Advisor, OHAIDP According to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we all should have been tested for HIV at least once in our lives. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) includes, as one of its […]


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  


What Is Addiction? A short video…

A short video from Addiction Policy Forum More than 21 million Americans suffer from addiction Or 1 in 7 people nationwide Overdose deaths claims 144 people each day 375 p/day including alcohol-related deaths Addiction effects tissue function in the brain Can hijack parts of the brain Addiction can be prevented Risk factors & protective factors […]


White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency on Opioids

From the New York Times. Click here to view the entire article. By Abby Goodnough WASHINGTON — President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis asked him Monday to declare a national emergency to deal with the epidemic. The members of the bipartisan panel called the request their “first and most urgent recommendation.” Mr. Trump created […]


Why We Should Say Someone Is A ‘Person With An Addiction,’ Not An Addict

From NPR. To view the entire article, click here. by Maia Szalavitz For years, people with addiction have wondered when the media would recognize our condition as a medical problem, not a moral one — when they would stop reducing us to mere “addicts” and speak of us in the more respectful and accurate “person […]


Improving Treatment Outcomes for Individuals With Co-Occurring SUDs and Bipolar Disorder

From SAMHSA: To download the Advisory, click here. Advisory: An Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Co-Occuring Substance Use Disorders Research suggests that 30 percent to more than 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder will develop a substance use disorder (SUD) sometime during their lives. Co-occurrence can complicate diagnosis and treatment of SUDs. However, treatment […]


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 […]


Why Gender-Specific Treatment Is Crucial for Women

From The Fix. To read the full article, click here. Why Gender-Specific Treatment Is Crucial for Women “When co-ed therapeutic groups happen, the women will often hesitate or hold back while the male members of the group speak up and get their needs met.” Addiction does not discriminate but there are legitimate reasons why treatment […]


‘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 […]