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Public libraries are respected local institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. As community anchor institutions, libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the opioid crisis that has gripped the country. After 16 months of research, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address… Read More »
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has updated the website, FindTreatment.gov. This newly designed website helps connect those who are looking for substance misuse/abuse treatment. Visitors can enter a ZIP Code to find local state-licensed facilities, treatment options, payment and insurance information, and what to expect on the first call.
Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S. Although the percentage of adults who smoke is at an all-time low in the U.S., 34 million adults still smoke and therefore continue to be at risk of developing smoking-related diseases. This report makes it clear that one of the most important… Read More »
The “Expanding Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention in Schools” toolkit provides information and resources to mobilize communities to expand school-based services for substance use prevention and early intervention. Two resources focus on leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including a step-by-step guide on how to build a successful campaign to do so. Other… Read More »
Earlier this year, a fuzzy green Muppet, named Karli, was introduced. Karli is in foster care because her mother is in recovery. When a family member struggles with addiction, the whole family struggles. Children often think it’s their fault; they feel shame, embarrassment, guilt, and loneliness; they may feel invisible. It takes special effort to… Read More »
We R Native is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. We R Native promote holistic health and positive growth in our local communities and nation at large. The site provides articles, blogs, videos, and social support on topics related… Read More »
The American Lung Association produced a guide for adults to talk to teens about vaping. The guide, “The Vape Talk,” includes a downloadable discussion guide, video, and information about e-cigarettes. For those interested in quitting, SmokeFree.gov provides tools to build a personalized cessation plan.
The number of states legalizing the use of marijuana is slowly growing, whether for medical and/or recreational use. Marijuana use among all adult age groups, both sexes, and pregnant women is increasing as well. At the same time, the perception of how harmful marijuana use can be is declining. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health… Read More »
A recent issue of MMWR analyzes the growing number of U.S. drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2017, and by demographic and geographic characteristics from 2016 to 2017.
Many of us look forward to celebrations during the holidays, a time when some people are more likely to drink beyond their limits than at other times of the year. Some will suffer adverse consequences that range from fights to falls to traffic crashes. Sadly, we often put ourselves and others at risk because we… Read More »
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