Senate Passes Bill to Support Substance Abuse Treatment

Responding to a drug crisis that has contributed to more American deaths than car crashes, the Senate passed a broad drug treatment and prevention bill, the largest of its kind since a law in 2008 that mandated insurance coverage for addiction treatment.

The measure authorizes money for various treatment and prevention programs.  It also strengthens prescription drug monitoring programs to help states and expands the availability of the drug naloxone, which helps reverse overdoses, to law enforcement agencies.

It also increases disposal sites for prescription medications that are often abused by teenagers and others. “This is a strong signal that the United States Congress now gets this issue,” Mr. Portman said in a news conference after the vote.

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Register Today for the PITA IX Conference

It’s that time of year.  Register today for the PITA IX Conference

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SAMHSA Announces a $30,000 Opioid Recovery App Challenge

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.

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Public Health Leaders Urge Far-Reaching Reforms to Curb Prescription Opioid Epidemic

A group of experts, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, issued recommendations aimed at stemming the prescription opioid epidemic, a crisis that kills an average of 44 people a day in the U.S.  The report calls for changes to the way medical students and physicians are trained, prescriptions are dispensed and monitored, first responders are equipped to treat overdoses, and those with addiction are identified and treated.

The report, titled “The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence-Based Approach,” breaks its recommendations into seven categories:

  • Prescribing Guidelines
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)
  • Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and Pharmacies
  • Engineering Strategies (i.e., packaging)
  • Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Programs
  • Addiction Treatment
  • Community-Based Prevention Strategies

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It’s Red Ribbon Week

National Family Partnership (NFP), was established as a grassroots, nonprofit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention.  Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy.

This year’s theme, “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™”, created by a middle school student in Ohio, sends a powerful, positive message to our children – and we invite you to join us in spreading that message.

Check out the planning guide for ideas on activities you can do in your community.