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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 »
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a new Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse. The intention is to provide leaders in rural communities with a place to locate Federal resources that can help them to respond to… Read More »
Crisis Intervention Teams have shown effectiveness in decreasing the number of mental health related arrests while increasing public safety. To support communities in creating and evaluating their own crisis intervention teams, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has published a new report titled, Crisis Intervention Team Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice:… Read More »
Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region on November 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST for the class Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class will… Read More »
With federal dollars are directed toward the opioid crisis, three rural communities are using innovative approaches. Finding a specific subpopulation they can help, certain interventions or programs are being put into place. In Ohio, the Portsmouth City Health Department has a patient navigator who meets with individuals to find the best way to access court-ordered… Read More »
A collaborative project between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has created a new website: Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care. The majority of patients taking opioids for chronic pain are managed by primary care… Read More »
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