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Emergency Rooms Reported More than 14,000 Intentional Poisonings in 2009

Emergency rooms reported 14,270 intentional poisonings in 2009, according to a new government report. Alcohol was a factor in 60 percent of cases. …

Abuse of Muscle Relaxant Leads to Doubling of ER Visits

A growing number of people are ending up in the emergency room after abusing the muscle relaxant carisoprodol. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says the number of such ER visits doubled, from 15,830 in 2004 to 31,763 in 2009. …

An Average of 15.6 Years Elapses Between First Substance Use and Treatment

A study of people admitted for substance abuse treatment for the first time has found they waited an average of 15.6 years to seek help from the time they initially used the substance. …

SAMHSA Announces Grant Awards For Substance Abuse Prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced it is awarding 46 grants totaling $22.5 million for substance abuse prevention efforts. …

Elderly at Risk for Prescription Drug Abuse

Elderly patients, who tend to take many medications prescribed by more than one doctor, are at risk for prescription drug abuse, the Miami Herald reports. Health experts are concerned about the increase in the number of patients over age 50 who require intervention and treatment for addiction to medication and other substances. …

Marijuana Use on the Rise, National Survey Finds

Results from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released today, have found marijuana use is on the rise, while methamphetamine use is on the decline. …

SAMHSA Asks for Feedback on Definition of Recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking feedback on its working definition of recovery. The definition aims to portray the essential, common experiences of people recovering from substance use and mental disorders, and includes 10 guiding principles of recovery. …

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors Receives $1.1 Million Grant from SAMHSA

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors has received a $1.1 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant is designed to help states maximize the use of limited substance abuse resources to advance services delivery systems and care. …

Almost One-Quarter of Americans Report Binge Drinking in the Past Month

Almost one-quarter of Americans age 12 or older say they participated in binge drinking in the previous month, according to a government survey. …

Percentage of Retailers Who Sell Tobacco to Minors on the Decline

A new government study finds that retailers sold tobacco to minors in the United States 9.3 percent of the time, the lowest rate in 14 years. …