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Substance Abuse Treatment Much More Likely for Men: Report

A new government report finds twice as many adult men as women entered substance abuse treatment facilities in 2011. The report found 1.2 million men, and 609,000 females, entered such facilities that year. …

Online Courses Help Behavioral Health Providers with Expanding Healthcare Coverage

A series of online courses is being offered to help behavioral health providers prepare their organizations to expand in 2014, as part of the Affordable Care Act. …

Parents Should Talk With Children About Alcohol Early, Government Says

Parents should start talking with their children about the dangers of drinking as early as age 9, according to a new government campaign. …

Commentary: National Prevention Week 2013 Is May 12-18: Participate and Make a Difference in Your Community!

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s second annual National Prevention Week begins on Sunday, May 12. This national health observance, which continues through May 18, aims to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. …

Programs Can Lower Substance Abuse Rates in Young Adults with Mental Health Issues

Older teens and young adults with mental health issues who participate in community-based treatment programs report lower levels of substance use disorders, a new government report finds. …

Addiction Expert: Care Needed in Implementing New Buprenorphine Prescribing Rules

In January, new government regulations took effect that allow greater take-home privileges for buprenorphine patients who are treated in clinic-based Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). While this change will allow more patients to have increased flexibility as they progress in their recovery, providers must be careful in deciding who to give the medication to, in order to avoid diversion, says a New York addiction specialist. …

Fewer Teens Receiving Substance Abuse Prevention Messages From Media

The percentage of teenagers who received substance abuse prevention messages from the media in the past year dropped from 83.2 percent in 2002, to 75.1 percent in 2011, according to a new government report. …

SAMHSA Awards $22 Million to Expand Screening and Brief Intervention Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has announced it is awarding more than $22 million in new funding to expand implementing screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment. This is an innovative approach to delivering early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders and those at risk for developing them. …

Commentary: Steps to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Prescription drug abuse is more than a public health epidemic – it’s a national tragedy, and a comprehensive national strategy for combating it is desperately needed, explains Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA). …

Treatment Admissions for Prescription Drug Abuse Jumped 430 Percent in 10 Years

Treatment admissions for prescription drug abuse rose 430 percent from 1999 to 2009, according to a new government report. …