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Stay up-to-date on the latest news regarding alcohol and drug issues in the United States. From teen substance use to recent legislative developments and advances in addiction treatment, you can browse information here or visit our drugs of abuse education section.

Dr. Kurt Rasmussen The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, welcomed Dr. Kurt Rasmussen today as the Director of the Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences (DTMC). Dr. Rasmussen’s career spans more than 30 years of research and... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
Courtesy of US WorldMeds, LLC. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce that lofexidine, the first medication for use in reducing symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal in adults, has been approved by the U.S. Food and... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
©iStock/urfinguss Scientists at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have completed the first comprehensive analysis of the prevalence of prescription stimulant use, misuse, use disorders, and motivations for misuse in the U.S. adult population. Looking at annual averages,... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
A project that identified and tested a bioinformatics program that can help identify underreported suicides linked to drug overdoses was awarded the first-place distinction at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world’s largest science competition for high school... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
​Fluorescence micrograph of a neuronal cell body showing the location of opioid receptor activation detected by the new biosensor immediately before (left panel) and 20 seconds after (right panel) application of morphine. Arrow points to the Golgi apparatus, a location within the interior of the... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
Advances in the understanding of brain development, as well as the role that genes and environment play in addiction, are the focus of a review article published today in The American Journal of Psychiatry. The authors discuss how more than three decades of research in genetics and ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Our population is aging. Approximately 75 million Americans will be over age 65 by 2030. Additionally, in 2012, one in five older adults in the U.S. experienced a mental illness, substance use disorder, or both. That ratio, should it still ... more
Thu, May 17, 2018
Source SAMHSA
Every day the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) responds to questions about the opioid crisis. How many Americans are prescribed opioids? How many are receiving treatment in specialty substance use disorder treatment facilities?  Where can people find ... more
Wed, May 16, 2018
Source SAMHSA
HIV.gov readers know that getting people in your community tested and into care is an essential part of addressing the HIV epidemic. For program managers, it’s an ongoing job that requires a broad array of tools, knowledge, and skills. But ... more
Tue, May 15, 2018
Source SAMHSA
You may have brought the dark, but together we will shine a light. Students of Parkland High School wrote these lyrics to their song, “Shine,” in response to the violence that took the lives of their classmates and teachers in ... more
Wed, May 09, 2018
Source SAMHSA
SAMHSA joins national organizations and hundreds of communities in observing Mental Health Awareness Month, we have more possibilities than ever before to prevent, treat, and promote recovery from mental illness. The President and this Administration have made behavioral health a ... more
Tue, May 08, 2018
Source SAMHSA
Keep an eye on your mailbox—Medicare is sending new cards with new Medicare numbers to people with Medicare. Mailing has started in certain states and will continue over the next few months nationwide. Your new Medicare card will include a ... more
Thu, May 03, 2018
Source SAMHSA
Summary:  HHS released the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Action Plan, required by Section 13002 of the 21st Century Cures Act. Today, HHS released the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Action Plan, required by Section 13002 ... more
Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Source SAMHSA
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