Do You Drink or Abstain? There Is No Right Answer
A research question was posed that elicited a far different series of responses than was anticipated: “I have a question for those for whom alcohol is a part of your social life. This teetotaler by choice (not of necessity) really does want to understand. Is it possible to have fun, whether at a party, or dinner or sporting event or picnic…or an evening at home sans alcohol? What would it be like for you to not drink at any or all those occasions? It would be absolutely fine with me if I never imbibed again. I drank way too much in college and shortly thereafter. It is a conscious decision for me to enjoy the...
Source: Psych Central - July 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Alcoholism Interview Personal Stories Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery alcohol use Source Type: news

ADHD Meds Tied to Lower Substance Abuse Risk ADHD Meds Tied to Lower Substance Abuse Risk
A new study provides more evidence that stimulants used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are unlikely to increase substance-related problems and may have a protective effect.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Behavioral Health Workforce: Quality Assurance Practices in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities
Report focuses on quality assurance practices related to the behavioral health workforce that are used in substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Report Shows the Usage of Non-medical Pain Relievers Across the Nation
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new report,State and Substate Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Reliever, on the rates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among those aged 12 or older. It found that 4.31% had used prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year, and that the rates of use varied by state. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child's brain
Researchers are discovering that ongoing stress during early childhood _ from grinding poverty, neglect, parental substance abuse and other adversity _ can smolder beneath the skin, harming kids' brains and other body systems (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Reveals New Reports on the State of Quality Assurance Practices in the Behavioral Health Workforce
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released two new reports on quality assurance practices related to the behavioral health workforce. These reports,Behavioral Health Workforce: Quality Assurance Practices in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities andBehavioral Health Workforce: Quality Assurance Practices in Mental Health Treatment Facilities, focus on practices like continuing education for staff, case reviews with supervisors, and case review by appointed quality review committees. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 12, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Can Reduce Opioid Overdoses
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Emergency Medical Services. 08/25/2016 This one-hour webinar discusses national efforts to address the opioid overdose crisis, and how emergency medical services (EMS) are often the first to arrive on the scene of an overdose. Speakers provide information about how New Hampshire is piloting an EMS referral program for substance abuse patients and using EMS data to identify overdose hot spots, and how New Orleans EMS is partnering with public health agencies to track overdoses and educate the public on naloxone. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource G...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Evidence Supports Termination Of Disability Benefits Based On Substance Abuse Provision
CINCINNATI - A disability plan administrator did not act arbitrarily and capriciously when it terminated a claimant's benefits based on the plan's substance abuse provision because the evidence supports the administrator's finding that the claimant's disability was caused by the effects of opioid medications, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said June 30 (Angela Blount v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Company, No. 16-6372, 6th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 11779). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - July 10, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Will the UN “Leave No One Behind” and Improve LGBTI Health and Well-Being?
Participants at a gay pride celebration in Uganda. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPSBy Dr Felicity DalyNEW YORK, Jul 10 2017 (IPS)While there has been progress in researching the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and responding to certain emerging health threats in high-income countries – elsewhere in the world such research is inadequate and incomplete. A new report published by OutRight Action International, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV highlights that wherever research has been conducted, LGBTI people’s health is shown to be consistently poorer than the general...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: FelicityDaly Tags: Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Analysis: Hospital readmissions of all ages, insurance types identifies high risk groups
(Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) A first-of-its-kind study looks beyond Medicare readmission rates to determine causes of short-term readmissions of patients across the spectrum of age and insurance types. Researchers found while Medicare patients account for more than half of all readmissions, readmission rates of non-Medicare patients were still significant and costly. Psychiatric disease and substance abuse were the most common diagnoses leading to readmission among non-elderly patients, highlighting the need for targeted interventions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mental health, substance abuse, and suicide among homeless adults - Lee KH, Jun JS, Kim YJ, Roh S, Moon SS, Bukonda N, Hines L.
This study explored the role of mental health and substance abuse problems on the suicidal ideation and suicide attempts of 156 homeless adults. The logistic regression results indicated that homeless adults with anxiety were significantly more likely than... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Birmingham health company acquires North Carolina's Red Oak
Bradford Health Services has acquired Red Oak Recovery and The Willows at Red Oak Recovery, a North Carolina-based substance abuse treatment provider for young adults Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Birmingham-based Bradford is one of the largest substance abuse and recovery treatment providers in the Southeast. It has 28 individual clinic locations. In a press release, Bradford CEO Clay Simmons said the company plans to continue its growth th rough the opening of new facilities… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 7, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Announces a new project by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services' (SAMHSA) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) which will use a series of interviews and survey measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (Opioid STR) Grants. Information will be collected from all 57 Opioid STR grantees. Comments regarding the proposed project and information collection activities must be submitted by August 7, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 6, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice of intent from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to initiate a new project that will ask states and jurisdictions that receive funds through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (Opioid STR) Grants program to report on their implementation and performance through an online data collection system. Information will be collected at the mid-point and conclusion of each grant year. Comments regarding the proposed data collection efforts must be submitted by August 7, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 6, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Every day marijuana use increases the risk of psychosis
Researchers from the University of Montreal found that weekly or daily substance abuse reduces a user's ability to resist performing socially unacceptable behavior when provoked. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Substance abuse in the workplace: Hidden costs and how to help your staff
Picture someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. What do they look like in your mind? If your image does not resemble a colleague or employee, someone who needs your help may be hiding in plain sight. Seventy-five percent of adults struggling with substance abuse are in the workforce. Often, the most telling symptom is continued use despite negative consequences — a person continues using drugs or alcohol even when it is causing problems on the job, in relationships or their health. Substanc e-abusing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 5, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Mike Butler Source Type: news

Substance abuse in the workplace: Hidden costs and how to help your staff
Picture someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. What do they look like in your mind? If your image does not resemble a colleague or employee, someone who needs your help may be hiding in plain sight. Seventy-five percent of adults struggling with substance abuse are in the workforce. Often, the most telling symptom is continued use despite negative consequences — a person continues using drugs or alcohol even when it is causing problems on the job, in relationships or their health. Substanc e-abusing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 5, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mike Butler Source Type: news

Firearm restrictions not enough to prevent suicides
(Reuters Health) - Restricting access to firearms just for people with known mental health or substance abuse problems and those who previously tried to kill themselves won ’t prevent many suicide deaths, U.S. researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Guidelines for Helping Your Loved One with Schizophrenia
In my practice I have seen several clients with schizophrenia. In that time I have noticed that a good majority of the therapy and psychoeducation is also needed for the family and loved ones of the person with schizophrenia. I cannot tell you how many times I hear pleas from family members that they just want to know how to help, communicate, understand and engage with their loved one but cannot find enough resources or help. The purpose of this article is to offer some understanding of the cycle of schizophrenia as well as “do’s” and “don’ts” of how to help your loved one. Responding t...
Source: Psych Central - July 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Jennifer Artesani Blanks, M.Ed., LMHC Tags: Antipsychotics Atypical Antipsychotics Caregivers Family Psychology Psychotherapy Schizophrenia anosognosia Caregiving defensive thinking Delusions family support Family therapy Grandeur Hallucination Hallucinations Intrusi Source Type: news

Book Review: The Affliction of Addiction
Addiction is arguably one of the largest problems we face today, and one that does not discriminate based on class, gender, or socio-economic status. In his new book, The Affliction Of Addiction: It’s Not That Complicated (Science Answers All Questions), clinical therapist Adam McArnold argues that we already have the answers we need to fight the battle against addiction – if we just look in the right places. McArnold writes that what matters most is not what caused the addiction, but what treatment professionals believe about the causes of addiction. “Logically speaking, addiction will probably always ap...
Source: Psych Central - July 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Book Reviews Compulsive Gambling Psychology Substance Abuse Treatment Adam McArnold Drug Addiction Neuroscience recovery Source Type: news

Lessons Learned from Diverse Efforts to Change Social Norms and Opportunities and Strategies to Promote Behavior Change in Behavioral Health: Proceedings of Two Workshops (2017)
The results of two 2015 workshops, this publication outlines efforts to improve public conceptions of behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Burden of alcohol abuse or dependence among long-term opioid users with chronic noncancer pain - Landsman-Blumberg PB, Katz N, Gajria K, Coutinho AD, Yeung PP, White R.
BACKGROUND: Substance abuse disorders among chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) patients add to the clinical challenges and economic burden of caring for such patients. Despite potential risks, some CNCP patients with a history of alcohol abuse or dependence (AA... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

NPHS gets $10M offer for Girard Medical Center
A Tennessee-based operator of behavioral health and substance abuse services has made an offer to buy Girard Medical Center for $10 million from its parent company, North Philadelphia Health System, which filed for U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection in December. The offer from Meridian Behavioral Health System, disclosed in documents filed with the bankruptcy court, is contingent upon Meridian securing a 6 percent rate increase from Community Behavioral Health, which contracts with the city to provide… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - June 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: John George Source Type: news

NPHS gets $10M offer for Girard Medical Center
A Tennessee-based operator of behavioral health and substance abuse services has made an offer to buy Girard Medical Center for $10 million from its parent company, North Philadelphia Health System, which filed for U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection in December. The offer from Meridian Behavioral Health System, disclosed in documents filed with the bankruptcy court, is contingent upon Meridian securing a 6 percent rate increase from Community Behavioral Health, which contracts with the city to provide… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 28, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Opioid Addiction and Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 05/17/2017 This one-hour, 10-minute webinar discusses the growing issue of opioid addiction and how partner engagement can support prevention efforts. It features experts from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Prevention Week partner American Society of Addiction Medicine. They discuss the spectrum of prevention, provide SAMHSA opioid prevention resources, and cover topics such as fentanyl deaths, and the Opioid Operational Command Center. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Protecting Our Infants Act: Final Strategy Now Available
Blog post from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on the increased rates of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) and infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) work to address these increases. Includes HHS' Behavioral Health Coordinating Council Subcommittee on Prescription Drug Abuse'sReport to Congress andFinal Strategy. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 28, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Stop The Opioid Epidemic Before It Stops Us
Deaths from opioid overdoses are skyrocketing across the country. Unless we take immediate action, the nation is about to witness a tsunami of drug-related deaths unlike anything we have seen since crack cocaine ravaged the country a generation ago. A recent investigation by the New York Times estimates 59,000 people died in 2016 from drug overdoses, making it the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. Figures from three Oregon counties indicate that for each person who dies of an overdose, 26 experience non-fatal overdoses, and 100 are dependent on or addicted to opioids. The median age when people start injec...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HHS announces the availability of $195 million to expand substance abuse and mental health services at health centers nationwide
HHS has announced the availability of $195 million in a new funding opportunity for community health centers to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention and awareness of opioid abuse in all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Heroin Addict’s Appeal To President Trump
I didn’t vote for you. You see, I was born with a brain injury. Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Boston told my parents I would never be able to walk normally. Young children are mean. As a young boy, insults, and laughs became a daily ritual. When I walked into a classroom, a restaurant, or down a street, people didn’t look into my eyes. They always looked down as I limped awkwardly along. But I overcame and became a varsity athlete at a prep school outside of Boston. As a teenager, I grew strong, and anybody that made fun of my limp or my awkward gate became irrelevant. Frankly, Mr. President, the day ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

“Big Reflection” Needed on Opioid Crisis
Intravenous drug users in Pakistan. Credit: Fahim Siddiqi/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 22 2017 (IPS)Opioids are among the most devastating drugs and are creating a crisis of epidemic proportions, said the UN drug agency. In its annual World Drug Report, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found concerning trends in drug use around the world.In 2015, an estimated quarter of a billion people used drugs at least once. Of these, almost 30 million suffered from drug use disorders including dependence. UNODC found that opioids were the most harmful drug type, accounting for 70 percent of negative health im...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights North America TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Veto The Cold-Hearted Health Bill
Donald Trump is right. The House health insurance bill is “mean, mean, mean,” as he put it last week. He correctly called the measure that would strip health insurance from 23 million Americans “a son of a b*tch.” The proposal is not at all what Donald Trump promised Americans. He said that under his administration, no one would lose coverage. He said everybody would be insured. And the insurance he provided would be a “lot less expensive.” Senate Democrats spent Monday and Tuesday pointing this out and demanding that Senate Republicans end their furtive, star-chamber scheming and expose...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlining proposed changes to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which is used to determine the prevalence and use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and misuse of prescription drugs. SAMHSA is requesting comments by July 21, 2017, regarding the proposed changes and information collection activities. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 21, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Announces $44.6 Million in Grants to Expand the Behavioral Healthcare Workforce
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced funding of up to $44.6 million to develop the healthcare workforce to treat substance use disorders and support recovery. Grantees for the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Cooperative Agreements will establish a network to collaborate with SAMHSA and with each other to improve treatment and recovery nationwide. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 21, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA ’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) Highlights the New Learning Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched aLearning Center for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) website. This Learning Center provides tools and resources to help behavioral health practitioners build effective, evidence-based or culture-based programs and explore emerging practices and programs. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Evidence Summary: School-Based Violence Prevention Programs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 06/19/2017 This eight-page document discusses what is meant by school-based violence, how often it occurs, which individuals are involved, and what outcomes result from these behaviors. Topics include the scope of the problem, risk factors for youth violence, impacts of school violence, and evidence-based, school-based violence prevention programs. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Evidence Summary: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 06/19/2017 This 12-page document provides information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a table of PTSD diagnostic criteria. It discusses its prevalence, risk factors, outcomes and associations with other conditions, and evidence-based treatments for PTSD, including existing therapies to prevent its onset, relieve the symptoms, and lessen the disorder's duration. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Rural and Urban Utilization of the Emergency Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse (June 2017)
This policy brief uses HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) to explore the use of the emergency department for mental health or substance use among urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated small rural communities. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Substance abuse: a relationship with childhood traumas - Portnova AA, Sivolap YP.
Жестокое обращение с детьми в раннем возрасте способствует ухудшению психического и физического здоровья, в ряде случаев не только в детст... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Heroin Addiction: How My Father Saved Me
I was a breech birth ― feet first, my head got stuck in the birth canal. My father brought me to Children’s Hospital in Boston. The doctors diagnosed me with Cerebral Palsy. They told him that the loss of oxygen to my brain had destroyed a portion of the frontal lobe. But my father was a tough Irish Catholic, old-school warrior. He refused to listen to them. No son of his was going to be a cripple. He found a doctor that told him how he could take the place of my injured brain. Every day, he laid me on the floor and exercised my legs. The muscles in my right leg were all shrunken and twisted. His job was to straigh...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical Costs Soar for U.S. Babies Born Addicted to Opioids
Yearly price tag for their care now tops $300 million, researchers reportSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Statistics, Opioid Abuse and Addiction, Pregnancy and Substance Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medford Man Receives Bionic Eye
MEDFORD (CBS) — After 20 years of darkness, there is light. It seems like science fiction, but a bionic eye implant is bringing a kind of sight to the blind. It’s not what you and I see, but for a small number of people, it’s making all the difference. “It’s not actual vision. It’s what they call artificial vision,” says Anthony Andreotolla, one of the first people to ever receive a bionic eye. Every day he puts on his gear, leaves his Medford home and rides the MBTA to his job in Downtown Crossing. Anthony Andreotolla wearing bionic eye (WBZ-TV) Andreotolla has retinitis pigm...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Bionic Eye Medford Paula Ebben Second Sight Source Type: news

City health department launches online tool to encourage workplace wellness
The Baltimore City Health Department is encouraging local employers to provide a healthier work environment, using a new online tool that allows companies to assess their workplace's wellness efforts. The new tool allows area workers to participate in a questionnaire that focuses on nutrition, physical fitness, behavioral health and substance abuse in a work environment. Employees are asked questions such as whether their office offers educational programming about healthy eating, or accessible … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

HHS Awards $72.5 Million in Funding for Youth Mental Health Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $72.5 million to seven states and one local government agency through its Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Program, also known as the Children's Mental Health Initiative. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will distribute the funding to Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and a county in Maryland. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 13, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA ’s Behavioral Health Barometer Provides Key In-depth Information on the Nation’s Behavioral Health
This report, theBehavioral Health Barometer, United States, Volume 4, is available online. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 12, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Episode #15: How easy is it to get addicted to opioids?
TPR PODCAST EPISODE #15: HOW EASY IS IT TO GET ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS?     As has been well reported in medical papers, government studies and popular media, rates of overdose deaths from opioids have been increasing steadily over the last several decades. A recent article in the New York Times reported that there were likely more than 59,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, an estimated 19% increase over the number in 2015. The total for 2017 is likely to be even higher.   Many deaths have been associated with prescription opioid analgesics, or have occurred among patients who became addicted to prescription opio...
Source: The Poison Review - June 11, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow The Poison Review Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

Why I Quit Drinking
“My mother was a drunk” is one of the harshest, saddest sentences in any language. ~Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake That chapter in her book changed my life. She wrote that she never got along well with moderation. Me neither. Moderation and I have yet to become good friends. I’m all-or-nothing, which is my virtue and my vice. The signs have been coming steadily this year: the advice from people I admire to keep clear minded, and validation delivered in an interview I listened to with David Sedaris; he mentioned that he’s really good at quitting things (in context of his sobriety...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Repealing and Replacing the ACA Could Reduce Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Parity Protections
A new issue brief outlines the changes in coverage that will affect benefits for mental health and substance abuse disorder treatments. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Adverse childhood experiences of violent female offenders: a comparison of homicide and sexual perpetrators - Pflugradt DM, Allen BP, Zintsmaster AJ.
Adverse childhood experiences are associated with a multitude of health and social problems. In addition to an increased risk of poor health, mental disorders, and substance abuse, childhood maltreatment is also significantly related to adult violent offen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Rep. Judy Chu Introduces Bill To Break Mental Health Stigma Among Asian-Americans
A congresswoman is taking steps to address a rarely discussed issue in the Asian-American community.  Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) recently introduced a bill that would help increase mental health awareness among Asian-Americans and also aim to end the negative stigma associated with the topic.  “If members of the community do not know that that help is there ... the alternative is suffering in silence.” The legislation covers an issue that’s personal to Chu, who’s actually a former clinical psychologist. She told HuffPost that mental health in the community has long gone undiscussed, a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Just 10 Cigarettes During Pregnancy Can Harm Kids
Teens whose mothers smoked may have issues with thinking skills, study showsSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Pregnancy, Pregnancy and Substance Abuse, Smoking (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news