Tag Archives: substance abuse

Alcohol Abuse Has Doubled in Army in Past Five Years, Official Says

The rate of alcohol abuse among soldiers has doubled in the past five years, the head of the Army’s substance abuse program says. …

Self-Medicating for Anxiety Increases Risk of Substance Abuse Disorders

Self-medicating with alcohol and drugs to ease anxiety substantially increases the risk of substance use disorders, suggests a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. …

Vermont Leads U.S. in Underage Drinking

Vermont has the highest rate of underage drinking in the nation, a new federal report reveals. …

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. …

New Parent Helpline Provides Support, Resources For Teen Substance Abuse

When parents find out their teen is abusing drugs or alcohol, the family’s immediate focus is generally on getting help for the teen. But parents are often in great need of help themselves. A new toll-free, bilingual phone helpline is providing that assistance. …

Report Finds Majority of Publicly Funded Substance Use Clinics Take Medicaid

Despite concern that few substance abuse clinics are enrolled in Medicaid, a new report finds that 64 percent of publicly funded facilities that deliver substance use disorder treatment accept Medicaid. …

Martin Sheen Returns to Congress to Urge Funding for Drug Courts

Actor Martin Sheen returned to Congress this week to testify in favor of authorizing drug court funding for veterans in 2012. …

Injection Drug Users Need Substance Abuse Treatment More than Non-Injection Drug Users, Study Finds

Injection drug users have higher rates of abuse and dependence and have a greater need for substance abuse treatment compared with non-injecting drug users, a new study suggests. …

Missouri Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that requires drug screening for people applying for or receiving welfare benefits. …

Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse Problems on the Rise

Treatment admissions for prescription drug abuse and alcohol abuse problems are on the rise, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. …