SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Meeting
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) on September 22, 2020. The agenda will include discussions on SAMHSA's Strategic Plan, SAMHSA's response to prevent suicide due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the latest findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).Registration is required to participate. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 19, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Hidradenitis suppurativa and psychiatric comorbidities, suicides and substance abuse: systematic review and meta-analysis - Phan K, Huo YR, Smith SD.
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder of the hair follicles, and has been associated with a multitude of systemic disorders and pathologies. There is increasing evidence to suggest that chronic inflammatory skin ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Primary substance use prevention programs for children and youth: a systematic review - Tremblay M, Baydala L, Khan M, Currie C, Morley K, Burkholder C, Davidson R, Stillar A.
CONTEXT: An updated synthesis of research on substance abuse prevention programs can promote enhanced uptake of programs with proven effectiveness, particularly when paired with information relevant to practitioners and policy makers. OBJECTIVE: To ass... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

An AI algorithm to help identify homeless youth at risk of substance abuse
(Penn State) While many programs and initiatives have been implemented to address the prevalence of substance abuse among homeless youth in the United States, they don't always include data-driven insights about environmental and psychological factors that could contribute to an individual's likelihood of developing a substance use disorder. Now, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm developed by researchers at Penn State could help predict susceptibility to substance use disorder among young homeless individuals, and suggest personalized rehabilitation programs for highly susceptible homeless youth. (Source: EurekAler...
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Anxiety and Depression Rises Among Young Adults, Blacks and Latinos in Pandemic
A new C.D.C. survey indicates that young people, as well as Blacks and Latinos of all ages, are showing signs of deteriorating mental health and some are resorting to substance abuse. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Anxiety and Stress Mental Health and Disorders Youth Depression (Mental) Research Teenagers and Adolescence Drug Abuse and Traffic Brigham and Women ' s Hospital Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mo Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Meeting of the the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Advisory Council
Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council (NAC) virtual public meeting on September 3, 2020. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from SAMHSA Centers Directors, and discussion on clinical trends and emergency issues. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council
Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (CMHS NAC) virtual public meeting on August 27, 2020. Agenda items include updates from the SAMHSA CMHS director, a presentation from the SAMHSA Statistics and Data Demonstration, and discussion from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use on SAMHSA's response to COVID-19. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Federal Grant to Address Behavioral Health During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state ’s behavioral health response to theCOVID-19 pandemic, including services for people of all ages with mental health and substance use challenges and health care workers. “While our primary focus during the COVID-19 pandemic has been on the physical well-being of our residents, we cannot...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Challenges facing the prevention of drug and substance abuse in secondary schools: case of Malindi Central urban Sub-County of Kenya - Kisaka J.
This study investigated the prevention of drug and substance abuse among students in secondary schools in Malindi Central urban Sub-County of Kenya. The research problem emanated from the concern that many school children are being wasted due to drug and s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Social-emotional competence trajectories from a school-based child trauma symptom intervention in a disadvantaged community - Hutchison M, Russell BS, Wink MN.
Childhood exposure to traumatic experiences and subsequent psychological symptoms increase the risk for lifelong behavioral and mental health problems, including depression diagnoses, reduced adaptive coping strategies, substance abuse, and early death, wi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Exposure to personal and community violence and associated drug use outcomes in African American young adults - Saadatmand F, Dearfield C, Bronson J, Harrison R.
This study adds to the u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Malawi: Govt, Plan Malawi Move to Address Teen Pregnancies, Avert Mental Health Problems
[Nyasa Times] Malawi is on the verge of registering a historic increase in cases of mental health problems as a result of an unprecedented uptake of alcohol and substance abuse among children and the youth. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 19, 2020. Agenda items include a discussion on assessing current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls, priorities regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health needs of women and children, and the current ethnic/racial climate and related economic and health disparities on women, among other things.Registration is required to attend. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 29, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Gender, maltreatment and psychiatric symptoms among adolescents in outpatient substance abuse treatment - Davila M, Tubman JG.
Childhood maltreatment experiences are risk factors for externalizing and internalizing symptoms, as well as substance abuse problems during adolescence.  In the present study, we administered structured interviews to 394 adolescents receiving outpatient s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

$7.2M NIDA grant allows temple scientists to continue critical research on drugs of abuse
(Temple University Health System) For the last two decades, scientists at the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CSAR) at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University have been working to advance the understanding of the biological basis of drug addiction and actions of drugs of abuse. Now, thanks to a $7.2M grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), that work is funded for another five years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pathways linking adverse environments to emerging adults' substance abuse and depressive symptoms: a prospective analysis of rural African American men - Kogan SM, Bae D, Cho J, Smith AK, Nishitani S.
For African American emerging adult men, developmental challenges are evident in their escalating substance abuse and depressive symptoms; this is particularly true for men from low-resource communities. The present study tests a developmental model linkin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Unpacking the causes of PTSD in violently injured patients - Coles ZJ, Tufariello A, Bonne S.
BACKGROUND: Violence is a public health problem that disproportionately affects urban communities. The root causes of PTSD and effects on quality of life, substance abuse, and mental health are unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevale... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Hawaii DOH awarded $11.8M grant for children's health services
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an $11.8 million grant to the Hawaii State Department of Health's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, or CAMHD, officials announced Wednesday. The four-year grant will focus on enhancing services for approximately 2,400 Hawaii youth, between the ages of three and 21, with "serious emotional disturbance" each year. The goals of the expansion grant, also described… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Olivia Peterkin Source Type: news

Hawaii DOH awarded $11.8M grant for children's health services
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an $11.8 million grant to the Hawaii State Department of Health's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, or CAMHD, officials announced Wednesday. The four-year grant will focus on enhancing services for approximately 2,400 Hawaii youth, between the ages of three and 21, with "serious emotional disturbance" each year. The goals of the expansion grant, also described… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Olivia Peterkin Source Type: news

HHS, SAMHSA: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records
Notice of final rule from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to align substance use disorder (SUD) care information exchange with other health information while maintaining patient privacy. Also incorporates elements of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) related to SUD information sharing for patients and healthcare providers. This final rule is effective August 14, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS, SAMHSA: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to align substance use disorder (SUD) care information exchange with other health information while maintaining patient privacy. Also incorporates elements of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) related to SUD information sharing for patients and healthcare providers. This final rule is effective within 30 days of publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for July 15, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Risk taking by adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a behavioral and psychophysiological investigation of peer influence - Dekkers TJ, Popma A, Sonuga-Barke EJS, Oldenhof H, Bexkens A, Jansen BRJ, Huizenga HM.
Adolescents with ADHD demonstrate increased risk-taking behavior (RTB) like substance abuse and dangerous traffic conduct. RTB in adolescence is more likely under peer influence. The current investigation (1) tests the hypothesis that adolescents with ADHD... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Opinion: Where will addiction stand after Covid-19?
The Covid-19 pandemic is at a bizarre stage for most Americans who are torn between a desire or a need to return to normalcy and concern that it may not be safe yet. Different states have begun relaxing restrictions, yet it ’s too early to tell what the consequences of this may be. For those struggling with addiction, this reopening could signify that it’s now relatively safe to get help and enter treatment. After all, there hasn’t been much encouraging news about substance abuse since the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joseph Kertis Source Type: news

Opinion: Where will addiction stand after Covid-19?
The Covid-19 pandemic is at a bizarre stage for most Americans who are torn between a desire or a need to return to normalcy and concern that it may not be safe yet. Different states have begun relaxing restrictions, yet it ’s too early to tell what the consequences of this may be. For those struggling with addiction, this reopening could signify that it’s now relatively safe to get help and enter treatment. After all, there hasn’t been much encouraging news about substance abuse since the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 4, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Joseph Kertis Source Type: news

Acute poisoning from substance abuse of benzodiazepines - Andersson JA, Brekke M, Vallersnes OM.
We describe cases of acute poisoning related to substance abuse of benzodiazepines in patients at the main A&E clinic in Oslo. MATER... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Availability of buprenorphine treatment in the 10 states with the highest drug overdose death rates in the United States - Flavin L, Malowney M, Patel N, Alpert M, Cheng E, Noy G, Samuelson S, Sreshta N, Boyd J.
The objective of this study was to assess the accuracy of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) database for patients who use it to seek buprenorphine treatment. Design and measurements: Buprenorphine provider... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Mental health problems among young people in substance abuse treatment in Sweden - Richert T, Anderberg M, Dahlberg M.
BACKGROUND: Young people with substance use problems face a high risk of co-occurring mental health problems, something that may involve a more difficult life situation, social problems as well as worse treatment outcomes. The aim of this study is to analy... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Four rural health initiatives funded in WNY
Rural medicine initiatives across the region will be bolstered through a series of federal grants. Leading the way is a $1.5 million grant awarded to the University at Buffalo School of Nursing by the Health Resources and Services Administration to increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment. Designed to integrate care in nurse-led primary care clinics in rural and medically underserved areas, the project is led by Yu-Ping Chang, associate dean for research and scholarship in… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 24, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

A National survey on substance use among Iranian industrial workers - Damari B, Sarami H, Alikhani S, Mirzaei H.
Background: Recent evidence shows that the prevalence of substance abuse is 2.1% in Iranians aged 15-64 years, while reported rates are higher in studies that target industrial workplaces. Our study intends to provide a national picture of substance... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

NBA star and alumnus Kevin Love to fund chair in psychology
The Cleveland Cavaliers ’ Kevin Love, a former Bruin basketball player who has publicly shared his struggles with panic attacks, anxiety and depression, has committed $500,000 through his foundation — matched by a $500,000 UCLA Centennial Term Chair Match — to establish the Kevin Love Fund Centennial Chair in UCLA’ s psychology department.The $1 million investment will support the teaching and research activity of UCLA ’s faculty working to diagnose, prevent, treat and destigmatize anxiety and depression at one of the top-ranked psychology departments in the United States.“Kevin Lov...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 22, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

The Difficulty Of Counting the COVID-19 Pandemic ’s Full Death Toll
Sara Wittner had seemingly gotten her life back under control. After a December relapse in her battle with drug addiction, the 32-year-old completed a 30-day detox program and started taking a monthly injection to block her cravings for opioids. She was engaged to be married, working for a local health advocacy group in Colorado, and counseling others about drug addiction. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The virus knocked down all the supports she had carefully built around her: no more in-person Narcotics Anonymous meetings, no talks over coffee with trusted friends or her addiction recovery sponsor. As the virus stressed...
Source: TIME: Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markian Hawryluk / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

A $26.9-million project to create better psychiatric medications without side effects
(University of North Carolina Health Care) Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a team of internationally acclaimed researchers led by UNC School of Medicine's Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, aims to create new medications to effectively and rapidly treat depression, anxiety, and substance abuse without major side effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to Soothe Your ‘Re-Entry Anxiety’ As COVID-19 Lockdowns Lift
When COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S., Dan Kerber was drawn to the data. The 48-year-old from Plano, Texas read about case counts and projections every day, keeping his team at the telecommunications company Ericsson up to date on the latest news. So in May, when states including Texas began to reopen before the data showed it was time to do so, Kerber began to get nervous. “If more people are out, does that mean my family and I are going to get it despite our precautions?” he thought. “Until there’s a vaccine or a treatment, I still worry about being in public.” Kerber, who says he&rsquo...
Source: TIME: Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

I Thought I Was Doing Pretty Well. Then Came the Pandemic
At the dawn of the pandemic, as businesses shuttered and frontline workers braved inadequate conditions and the death toll began to tick frighteningly upward, I was home alone, nursing one selfish obsession: that I would use this time to get in really good shape. I am not proud of this–I would much rather write that I was raising money for communities disproportionately affected by this crisis, or delivering meals to the immunocompromised–but it’s the truth. The more I thought about it, the more the idea sharpened in my mind’s eye: this persistent fantasy of how I would emerge anew once the lockdown...
Source: TIME: Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sam Lansky Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Region-wise distribution of schizophrenia with cannabis abuse and medication non-compliance in the United States: a nationwide analysis of 51,975 hospitalizations - Vadukapuram R, Zahid S, Lee HK, Patel RS.
OBJECTIVEs To understand the region-wise differences in demographics, comorbid substance abuse, and hospital outcomes in adult schizophrenia inpatients with cannabis abuse and medication non-compliance. METHODS We included 51,975 adults (18-65 year... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Intoxicated women: a study into gender differences in substance abuse in forensic psychiatric patients - de Vogel V, Stam J, Bouman YHA, Ter Horst P, Lancel M.
BACKGROUND: Substance abuse is an important risk factor for (violent) offending, but is mostly studied in male populations. More knowledge about women is needed. AIM: To gain insight into possible gender differences in substance abuse and offending in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

People Can ’t Access Addiction Treatment Or Support Because Of The Pandemic And It’s ‘Very Problematic,’ Say Experts
Coronavirus is significantly disrupting essential treatment and support services for people suffering with substance abuse disorders, according to a new report released by the Addiction Policy Forum on Tuesday. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 9, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Misha Gajewski, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Lifestyle /lifestyle Vices /vices Source Type: news

Older LGBTQ Adults Higher Odds for Substance Abuse
Alcohol and drug use is more common among older adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual than among their straight counterparts, a new study finds. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Assessment of exposure to sexually explicit materials and substance abuse among high-school adolescents in North Shewa Zone: application of logistic regression analysis - Woldeamanuel BT, Anteneh LM, Yohannes YB, Aga MA.
This study aim... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

To Mothers Struggling with Addiction: You Are Not Alone
I had an idyllic childhood. I was a cheery kid with great parents, raised in a wonderful neighborhood, always cared for and never wanted for anything. When people hear this background from someone whose addiction was so strong that they planned their methamphetamine use around their pregnancy, it can be hard to reconcile. There is no blueprint for addiction; this disease has no face. Not one person in my life would have guessed I’d be homeless with multiple DUIs, totaled a number of vehicles, and would have my son taken away by authorities twice before his second birthday, but it happened. And despite how absurd it m...
Source: Psych Central - May 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Karen McGinnis Tags: Addictions Parenting Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery custody Methamphetamines Motherhood Source Type: news

Labrador officials look for solutions as pandemic makes fighting substance abuse even harder
COVID-19 is throwing long-standing inequalities into high relief — and those factors seem to be translating to higher substance use in some communities. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

Substance abuse and misuse identification and prevention: an evidence-based protocol for CRNAs in the workplace - Taylor L.
Healthcare providers are susceptible to substance abuse, and anesthesia personnel are some of the most vulnerable. Substance abuse is the principal cause of professional impairment for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), with 1 of 10 experienc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A case of toxicity from cannabidiol gummy ingestion - Bass J, Linz DR.
A 56-year-old male with no known history of substance abuse and no known prior medical conditions presented  via ambulance to the emergency department after being found by coworkers with bizarre behavior, vomiting, and slurred speech. He had legally purc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Mental Health is Big Issue For Police Officers Around The World: Study
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- Mental health problems and substance abuse are common among cops, and more needs to be done to address those issues, researchers say. Previous studies have suggested that first responders have a higher risk of mental health... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 22, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

What Past Disasters Tell Us About COVID-19 and Substance Abuse What Past Disasters Tell Us About COVID-19 and Substance Abuse
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, psychiatrist Lloyd Sederer worries for a country already facing rising rates of substance abuse.Columbia University Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - May 18, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry Expert Column Source Type: news

What Are Potential Complications of Tattooing?
Discussion “Tattooing of skin via deposition of pigment particles and ink ingredients in the dermis changes normal skin into abnormal skin. Fortunately, this often causes no harm and no disease, although with important exceptions.” Tattoos can be inadvertent from road dirt, gunpowder, pencil graphite etc., but most are desired. Tattoos are common in many cultures and over time..They have been increasing in popularity in the United States over the past few years particularly with a younger, wider and more diverse population. Newsweek reported an 18-country study in 2018 which showed 46% of Americans have a tat...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 18, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Mass. Lawmakers Weigh Bill That Would Legalize Supervised Injection Sites
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing legislation that would legalize supervised injection sites for drug users. The Committee on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery on Friday favorably reported out a re-drafted version of legislation that would legalize the sites. The legislation would authorize the Department of Public Health to establish at least two sites as part of a 10-year pilot program. The bill requires DPH to create a licensing process for specific sites. Local boards of health would have to agree to participate in the pilot program before a site could be considered in their communities...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Politics Syndicated CBSN Boston Source Type: news

COVID-19 Epidemic Severely Undermines Access to Substance Abuse Help in Rural America
For rural people with substance use disorders, it can be difficult to access behavioral health treatment, and pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic only makes it harder. With lockdowns, financial stress, isolation, and the closures of healthcare practices, rural residents lose their care and support systems. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Seeks Applications for $40 Million Emergency COVID-19 Grants for Suicide Prevention
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention (COVID-19 ERSP) grant program which will award $40 million to 50 grantees. The program aims to support states and communities in implementing efforts to prevent suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Published: 5/12/2020. This five-page report details how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed deep-seated inequities in health care for communities of color and amplifies social and economic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. Recent news reports indicate that the pandemic disproportionately impacts communities of color, compounding longstanding racial disparities. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news