As a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NNLM) Substance Use Disorder Working Group, I have been looking through some freely available resources available on this topic. As always, MedlinePlus has trustworthy resources for the public. MedlinePlus’ list of topic pages on Substance Abuse Problems offers a comprehensive list of topics ranging from alcohol to vaping. One resource commonly linked on these topic pages is the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). To advance their mission, NIDA supports research on drug abuse and ensures effective translation, implementation and dissemination of research findings. Their website contains information and research about commonly used drugs, prevention, and treatment. There is a great deal of information available here, which is why NIDA’s Easy to Read Drug Facts page may be of great use for those who educate the community.
In addition to the research information available from NIDA, you can search for journal articles on substance use disorder using PubMed. If you like to search using MeSH, you may be interested in the term Substance-Related Disorders. In addition, there are preformulated PubMed searches related to opioid addiction on the NLM page, Opioid Addiction and Treatment. For those interested in the nation’s progress toward the Healthy People 2020 substance abuse objectives, head over to NLM’s resource for Public Health Professionals, PHPartners and select structured evidence queries. Here, you’ll find pre-formulated PubMed search strategies to locate published literature related to Healthy People 2020, including substance use objectives such as reducing drug-induced deaths and increasing the proportion of adolescents never using substances.
If you’re interested in more information, NNLM often hosts trainings related to substance use disorder. On the NNLM YouTube channel, you’ll find a substance use playlist where you can watch recorded NNLM webinars on this topic. You can also visit the NNLM training calendar to search for upcoming substance use related trainings or subscribe to NNLM MAR’s Weekly Postings to get a list of upcoming trainings delivered straight to your inbox.
In the last year, NNLM MAR funded two projects related to substance use. Confronting the Opioid Crisis: A School-based Education Outreach Program trained high school students about the dangers of opioid misuse and taught them how to search for reliable information on substance use disorder using MedlinePlus. Training Addiction-Related Inpatient Treatment Centers on Promising Practices for LGBT Care trained healthcare providers and staff at inpatient treatment centers on the concepts of gender identity, sexual orientation, health disparities, and promising practices in LGBT care. The training also linked participants with MedlinePlus as a tool to locate LGBT health information.
If this is a topic you work closely with, stay tuned! We hope to continue to bring you resources and training related to substance use disorder.
Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator, for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.