SAMHSA is accepting applications for $1million in grants for Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Supplements. The purpose of this program is to expand and enhance prevention, treatment, and recovery support efforts in the states hardest hit by the nation's opioid epidemic. The purpose of the supplemental funding is to bolster efforts already being made through the STR grant program. These additional funds will target areas of greatest need.
This issue of the CBHSQ Report focuses on emergency department (ED) visits involving accidental ingestion of opioid pain relievers by children. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, in 2011 an estimated 4,321 ED visits involved accidental ingestion of opioid pain relievers by children aged 1 to 5. The number of ED visits increased 200.7 percent from 1,437 visits in 2004 to 4,321 visits in 2011. Combined 2004 to 2011 data show that an estimated 5,977 of these ED visits involved hydrocodone products, and 4,365 involved oxycodone products. About 5,222 visits involved buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. Of the children who went to the ED for accidental ingestion of opioid pain relievers, most (71 percent) were treated and released; 16 percent were admitted to the hospital, and 11 percent were transferred to another health care facility.
This kit discusses the consequences of substance misuse among college students including the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It explores various causational factors such as peer pressure, stress, social norms, and advertising messages.
Webinar: This webinar is the first of the four-part Persons with Lived Experience Spotlight Series. It will feature two special guests who were able to transform their lives with assistance from SAMHSA's SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program and secure access to Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Joining them, SOAR Technical Assistance Center Liaison Matt Canuteson will talk about the impact of peer support in SOAR and how it helps improve outcomes and save lives.
Virtual Discussion: SAMHSA's Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy will host a virtual event with experts about gender-responsive approaches to supporting behavioral health recovery. Research suggests that the experience, prevalence, and trajectory of mental and substance use disorders differ between gender groups, as does the effectiveness of different forms of treatment. This event will include discussions of practical approaches to providing gender-responsive recovery supports such as frameworks and vocabulary for understanding the different dimensions of gender and how to engage different gender groups.
Prevention partners are invited to participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This week-long health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drug and alcohol abuse and addiction from scientists and other experts. Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during the week of January 22–28, 2018.