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    2017 PITA Forum Call for Presentations

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5:00PM EDT on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 The North Carolina Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association (NCSAPPA) is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for our 10th Prevention is the Answer (PITA) Forum. This networking forum is designed to give providers and coalition an opportunity to learn about changing trends, discuss pertinent policy changes, and share sustainability strategies. We are seeking speakers with expertise on the following topics: Grant-writing Drug trends Prescription medication misuse Special populations (homeless, veteran, youth, LGBTQ, etc) Coalition impact and/or environmental strategies Prevention provider professional development Prevention ethics (note: if you submit a proposal on this topic,…

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    CADCA’s 27th Annual National Leadership Forum

    Are you attending CADCA this year? The National Leadership Forum, February 6 – 9, 2017,  is located at the beautiful National Harbor.  This year’s Forum is focused on “Engineering Healthy Communities”. Check out the Forum Brochure 

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    Opiate Impact in 2015

    The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the country is in fact dealing with multiple opioid epidemics right now — each with a distinct geographic footprint. Click HERE for more on this story

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    2015 NC YRBS High School Results Are Available

    The 2015 North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results have been released.  You can find summary graphs and trends on the North Carolina Healthy Schools website.  

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    New Research on E-Cigs

    A University of Rochester Medical Center study suggests that electronic cigarettes are as equally damaging to gums and teeth as conventional cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes continue to grow in popularity among younger adults and current and former smokers because they are often perceived as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes. Previously, scientists thought that the chemicals found in cigarette smoke were the culprits behind adverse health effects, but a growing body of scientific data, including this study, suggests otherwise. “We showed that when the vapors from an e-cigarette are burned, it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins, which in turn aggravate…

News From The Field

New Study Results on Opioid Use and Pain

Jan 23, 2017

A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases at University of Virginia (UVA) Health System found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids. Two key factors were associated with this finding: Opioids make patients more sensitive to pain, though the reason why that occurs is unclear. So reducing the amount of opioids given to patients might by itself improve pain scores. UVA began implementing the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program, which increased the use of non-opioid pain medications, such as lidocaine and acetaminophen, which is commonly used in over-the-counter pain medications.  Click HERE for more on this…

PDMPs Linked to Reductions in Opioid Overdose Deaths

Jul 14, 2016

New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that state implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was associated with a reduction in opioid-related overdose deaths. The study, published in Health Affairs, also found that PDMPs that monitored greater numbers of drugs with abuse potential and updated their data more frequently had greater declines in opioid-related overdose deaths than programs without those characteristics. Click HERE for more on this story

SAMHSA Announces a $30,000 Opioid Recovery App Challenge

Mar 7, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing a new challenge to help to spur developers to create a mobile application (app) that provides additional recovery support to patients receiving treatment for opioid misuse.  The app may be used as part of a patient’s comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and participation in social support programs.  The goal of this challenge is to increase access to resources, educational materials, information and support for people in outpatient recovery from opioid misuse. Click here for more information