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Cannabis use increases in medical marijuana states

News release from NIDA: April 26, 2017 An analysis of national survey data indicates that laws legalizing medical marijuana use are associated with increases in illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders among adults. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism […]


Learning from Peers: Prevention Perspectives on College Drinking

From SAMHSA Blog: By Frances M. Harding, Director, SAMHSA CSAP April is Alcohol Awareness Month—a time to focus on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems across our nation. One place where alcohol has long been a problem is on college campuses. Although college students drink less today, they still consume alcohol at alarming […]


Reducing Underage Drinking Among American Indians

From NIH News in Health: Underage drinking is a nationwide problem. American Indian teens have higher rates of alcohol use before age 15 than other U.S. teens. They also have higher rates of alcohol problems. Rural teens in general are more likely than other U.S. teens to misuse alcohol. But ways to prevent alcohol use […]


SAMHSA Funding Available for Substance Abuse & HIV Prevention

From blog.AIDS.gov: SAMHSA Funding Available for Substance Abuse & HIV Prevention Navigator Programs for Racial/Ethnic Minority Young Men The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced funding available to support community-based organizations in providing services to those at highest risk for HIV and substance use disorders, especially racial/ethnic males ages 13-24 at […]


Psychedelics May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According To New Study

From the Huffington Post: Psychedelics May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According To New Study by Jag Davies The criminalization of people who use psychedelics is rooted in myths that are the vestiges of colonialism and the drug war – and, one by one, those myths are crumbling down. We’ve learned in recent years that people […]


ACA Replacement Will Slash Behavioral Health Services

From the National Council Capitol Connector: ACA Replacement Bill Slashes Medicaid, Behavioral Health Services By Stephanie Pellitt On Monday, the U.S. House released the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill contains provisions that, if enacted, could devastate Americans’ mental health and addiction coverage and care. […]


Beyond the Data – Opioids and Women

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Mishka Terplan, discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting women differently than men. Tune in to hear how women’s gender and biological differences need to be considered when providing care and recommending policy on federal, state, and local levels.         https://youtu.be/jGxbodrkRWo


ACA’s repeal would devastate fight against opioid addiction, researchers find

From The Morning Call: ACA’s repeal would devastate fight against opioid addiction, researchers find by Sam Kennedy Funding for mental illness and opioid addiction treatment in Pennsylvania will take a big hit if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to research published this week by Harvard Medical School. More than 181,000 Pennsylvania residents with […]


Occasional cigarettes still cause harm, study finds

From the Washington Post: Forget those occasional cigarettes: There is no safe smoking level, by Laurie McGinley There’s bad news for people who think it’s safe to smoke a few cigarettes a day or even a week: They face a substantially higher risk of earlier death compared with people who don’t smoke, according to a […]


NHAS 2016 Progress Report

The White House just released the 2016 Progress Report on National HIV/AIDS Strategy and a revised NHAS Indicator Supplement. The Progress Report includes an infographic on major milestones.