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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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 those deaths involved prescription medication. To address this crisis, states have exercised a number of […]

Monday, May 15, 2017

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 attributes this uptick to what the authors call “deaths of despair,” which are drug and […]

Monday, May 08, 2017

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 many families needing answers about youth mental health, it can be a challenge to know […]

Friday, May 05, 2017

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 be the first step to entering treatment and recovery.  One of these treatment approaches is […]

Monday, May 01, 2017

National Prevention Week is just around the corner. This annual health observance is dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance misuse and mental health issues. From May 14-20, communities around the country will celebrate the power of prevention with the theme Making Each Day Count. Since February, excitement for National Prevention Week 2017 […]