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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.

Courtesy of Ben Lawson/ CC BY-NC-ND A proposal to study how drug users who are part of social networks influence their own communities has been given the 2018 Avenir award for HIV/AIDS research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Avenir (the French word for “future”) awards... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network has unveiled a new scientifically validated, online screening tool designed to assess a patient’s risk for substance misuse and substance use disorder, and assist the health care provider with prevention and treatment... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
A case-based clinician training module designed for the evaluation of acute pain and opioid management for adults is now available through the Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) program, coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Opioid Management for Acute Pain in... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
Each June, SAMHSA works with National Center for PTSD in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to raise awareness of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD refers to a mental health condition that some people develop after witnessing or experiencing a ... more
Tue, Jul 03, 2018
One hundred fifteen Americans die every day from opioid overdose. Whether a person deliberately misuses a prescription opioid or uses an illicit drug such as heroin, these deaths are all preventable. It’s up to us—emergency medical personnel, healthcare professionals, and ... more
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
It is my pleasure to announce that Capt. Chideha Ohuoha, M.D., MPH, has joined SAMHSA as the new Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The mission of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is to promote community-based substance ... more
Fri, Jun 15, 2018
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
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 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
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