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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.

©Shutterstock/Stephen Orsillo An analysis of national survey data indicates that students attending college are at a significantly higher risk of beginning to use marijuana than those not enrolled in college, underscoring the need for improved prevention efforts. The research, conducted by... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
A project applying the science of epigenetics to demonstrate the health dangers of hookah smoke won a first-place Addiction Science Award at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
An analysis of national survey data indicates that laws legalizing medical marijuana use are associated with increases in illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders among adults. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
©shutterstock.com/Pivot/©istock.com/Eraxion/ New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that long-term exposure to anabolic-androgenic steroids may be associated with substantial impairment of the heart, including a reduction in pumping performance and damage to the... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
Dr. Nora Volkow to receive APA Special Presidential Commendation To help address the ongoing prescription opioid overdose epidemic, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host sessions on the management and treatment of pain as it relates to substance use disorders at the 2017 American... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
A newly published study showed that buprenorphine is more effective than morphine in treating withdrawal symptoms in newborns prenatally exposed to opioids, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Unlike morphine, buprenorphine did not affect breathing rates, although medications were... ... more
Source National Institute on Drug Abuse
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For the past four years, SAMHSA has issued the Behavioral Health Barometer as a snapshot of the nation’s behavioral health. The Barometer is a unique compilation of facts and figures on issues such as substance use, serious mental illness, serious ... more
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
Source SAMHSA
One in five adults will experience a mental illness this year, but fewer than half will seek treatment. A new series of SAMHSA resources is designed to help bridge this gap. Our newly published fact sheets on Treatments for Mental ... more
Wed, May 31, 2017
Source SAMHSA
Over the past 25 years, CMHS has worked to develop and implement behavioral health treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for Americans with mental disorders and addictions.  Our work will soon get a bigger boost with the appointment of child ... more
Thu, May 25, 2017
Source SAMHSA
In the United States, non-medical prescription opioid use is a major public health concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that opioids, including prescription medications and heroin, killed more than 30,000 Americans in 2015. Almost half of ... more
Thu, May 18, 2017
Source SAMHSA
The United States had seen decades of continually declining mortality rates, as advances in health care and safety have allowed us to live longer. This century, however, mortality rates among certain demographic and socioeconomic groups have increased. A recent study ... more
Mon, May 15, 2017
Source SAMHSA
One in five children in the U.S. experience a serious mental disorder at some point during their youth, and research shows that about 50 percent of all mental illnesses that happen in adulthood can emerge by age 14.  With so ... more
Mon, May 08, 2017
Source SAMHSA
Opioid use disorder is one of the most serious public health challenges facing our nation, affecting nearly 2.4 million Americans in 2015. Unfortunately, many who need treatment are not receiving it. Giving people access to information on treatment options could ... more
Fri, May 05, 2017
Source SAMHSA
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