It’s time for change. The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Substance misuse and its harms are a pervasive problem in the United States. Not only are individuals and families struggling with the consequences of this serious issue, but the effects also have far-reaching consequences on workplaces, the health care system, families, states, and communities. In the United States: Almost 67 million people reported binge drinking

International Overdose Awareness Day & Global Statistics

Sally J. Finn at the Salvation Army in St Kilda, Melbourne created International Overdose Awareness Day in 2001. Since its inception, it has become a public health movement to raise awareness on drugs and prevention through events held in countries around the world. The message is a simple, but powerful – the tragedy of overdose death is

Key Issues Addressed By The SUPPORT Act Legislation

Key Issues Addressed By The SUPPORT Act Legislation The SUPPORT Act (Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act) is a combination of 58 bills passed by the House of Representatives. If it becomes law, we’ll be one step closer to what organizations like the National Association of Treatment

Florida’s New Opioid Laws Effective July 1, 2018

Today, July 1, 2018, Florida’s new opioid laws for the regulation of the use of prescription opioids went into effect enforcing a three-day limit on most prescriptions and aims to hold the doctors more accountable to avoid reckless prescriptions. This would largely affect patients whose doctors prescribe opioids for acute pain. If a situation arises

Opioid Epidemic in New England Far from Over

Opioid Epidemic in New England Far from Over New England has been among the hardest-hit regions in the opioid epidemic. The rate of drug overdose deaths in the six northeastern states remains at or above the national average, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some encouraging news for Massachusetts

Our Response: A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis

Our Response: A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis In a recently published article, “A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis,” Michael Bloomberg strongly called upon Congress to take serious action in combating the opioid crisis in America. “The opioid crisis is a solvable problem. But to save lives, we need bolder leadership

With Drug Overdose Deaths Rising, Rehab isn’t About Giving Up One Thing

Drug Overdose Deaths Rising: It Isn’t About Giving Up One Thing Drug overdose deaths are occurring at record levels in the United States. According to the latest statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US drug overdose deaths surpassed the 50,000 mark for the first time in 2015, reaching 52,404 fatalities.

The Opioid Epidemic in Hays County Texas Continues To Rise

Opioid Epidemic in Hays County Texas Drug overdose deaths in Texas have been leveling off in recent years according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hays County—situated between Austin and San Antonio—seems to buck that trend. Local addiction counselor Tori Bowman told Communityimpact.com that a quarter of her patients

New Jersey Holds Town Hall Meetings on Reorganization of Addiction and Mental Health Services

New Jersey Holds Town Hall Meetings on Reorganization of Addiction and Mental Health Services By Michael Rass New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said the opioid crisis will be his primary focus before he leaves office in January. In his final state-of-the-state address, Christie called that crisis “one that is ripping the very fabric of

What is the Heroin Triangle? A Georgia Epidemic

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Photo: J. Tesla / CC BY-SA 4.0 What is the Heroin Triangle? In January, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal referred to the drug overdose crisis in his state as “an ongoing epidemic that ravages the hearts and minds of not only individuals but also the communities that they touch.”   The focal point of Georgia’s