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Just Released: New Healthy People Law and Health Policy Substance Abuse Report<p>Laws and policies can help support healthier, safer, and more livable communities, reduce the negative effects of alcohol use, and support achievement of national goals proposed by Healthy People 2020. </p><p>The newest report, <em>The Role of Law and Policy in Reducing Deaths Attributable to Alcohol to Reach Healthy People’s Substance Abuse Goals in the United States</em>, is the fourth in a series of reports that highlight the practical application of law and policy to improve health across the nation.<br></p>
The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue<p>​This SAMHSA issue brief presents recent data on prevalence of opioid misuse and death rates in the Black/African American population; contextual factors and challenges to prevention and treatment; innovative outreach and engagement strategies to connect people to evidence-based treatment; and the importance of community voice.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=""></a></p>
Drugs of Abuse, A Resource Guide<p>​Released on a periodic basis, <em>Drugs of Abuse</em> provides important science-based information about the harms and consequences of drug use, describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key factors. In addition, the guide outlines U.S. drug regulation, including drug scheduling and chemical controls. The 2020 digital edition updates the 2017 <em>Drugs of Abuse</em> publication with the most current information on new and emerging trends in drug misuse and abuse, including fentanyl, marijuana and marijuana concentrates, vaping, and stimulant drugs.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=""></a></p>
Parental Marijuana Use Increases Substance Use in Children<p>​A new study published by Bertha K. Madras, PhD, Beth Han, MD, PhD, MPH, Wilson M. Compton, MD, MPE, Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH and Elizabeth I. Lopez, PhD in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds a link between parental marijuana use and youth substance use. The study found that parental marijuana use was associated with increased risk of marijuana and tobacco use and opioid misuse by both adolescent and young adult offspring, and of alcohol use by adolescent offspring.<br></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to learn more about this report</a><br></p>
Occasional Paper from ​Monitoring the Future National Survey<p>​Monitoring the Future has posted a new Occasional Paper which gives the levels and long-term trends in all of the drugs covered in the study for important subgroups in the student population of middle schools and high schools. These include alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and a host of other drugs.<br></p>
The 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment<p>​DEA released 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment on January 30, 2020. Illicit drugs, and the transnational and domestic criminal organizations that traffic them, continue to represent significant threats to public health, law enforcement, and national security in the United States. The opioid threat (controlled prescription drugs, synthetic opioids, and heroin) continues at ever-increasing epidemic levels, affecting large portions of the United States. Meanwhile, the stimulant threat (methamphetamine and cocaine) is worsening and becoming more widespread as traffickers continue to sell increasing amounts outside of each drugs’ traditional markets. New psychoactive substances (NPS) remain challenging and the domestic marijuana situation is evolving as state-level medical and recreational legalization continues.<br></p>
The 2019 Annual SHIP Meeting<p>The 2019 Delaware State Health Improvement Plan Meeting was hosted by the Division of Public Health (DPH), along with state and community partners. The 2019 annual SHIP report was released at the meeting, and stakeholders participated in several panel discussions including chronic disease, maternal and child health, and substance abuse. <a href="" target="_blank">The 2019 SHIP report is now available online.</a><br></p>
Delaware Child Death Review Commission Released 2018 Annual Report.<p>​The Child Death Review Commission (CDRC) oversees three fatality review programs that are linked by their common mission to safeguard the health and safety of Delaware'schildren and mothers. The 2018 report is now available online.<br></p>
National Institutes of Health releases 2018 Monitoring The Future survey results, December, 2018.<p>The Monitoring The Future survey measures drug and alcohol use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Overall, 44,482 students from 392 public and private schools participated in this year's Monitoring the Future survey.</p>
U.S. Surgeon General Declares E-cigarette Use Among Youth an Epidemic, December 18, 2018<p>​U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory about the the dangers of electronic cigarette use among U.S. teenagers. The advisory was prompted by the latest statistics on vaping among youths, which found e-cigarette use among high school students has increased dramatically in the past year. The advisory called on parents and teachers to educate themselves about the variety of e-cigarettes and to talk with children about their dangers.<br></p>
Dr. Tammy Anderson Featured in Delaware News Journal on opioid epidemic in Delaware, November, 02, 2018<p>​Delaware <em>News Journal</em>  features a story about Dr. Tammy Anderson ’s discussion with <em>News Journal</em>  journalist Brittany Horn on the opioid epidemic in Delaware. Dr. Anderson introduces an <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=4b8bc2ae-c70e-4580-9de7-496126b3b662&TermSetId=c200e23c-6395-45ac-864a-aab56f2640a6&TermId=750416d2-c5d0-4f68-a127-2a0e73b93108" target="_blank">online, interactive map</a> launched by The Center for Drug and Health Studies.  Users of the map can identify areas that have high concentration of overdose deaths for the past 5 years. <br></p>
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes, September, 12, 2018<p>The Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes brings together the latest data available on the drug overdose epidemic in America, including opioid prescribing patterns, and various health behaviors and outcomes such as drug use and nonfatal overdoses and deaths.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>
The Center for Drug and Health Studies at University of Delaware Lauched ArcGIS to Provide Information on Teenager Risks and Protective Factors in Delaware<p>This interactive map is designed to highlight protective factors and substance use rates among teenagers in Delaware. Using the Delaware School Survey data, past month rates of alcohol use,  marijuana use, and past year rates of prescription pain killer use are displayed by zip codes. Organizations can use this heat map to help identify areas that have higher concentration of substance use and to identify gaps in services. For parents, this map highlights resources and programs to benefit their families.</p><p><a href="" data-saferedirecturl="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>
DEA releases 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment, October 23, 2017<p>2017 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) outlines the threats posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs. This reports  highlights the scope and magnitude of the ongoing opioid crisis, and the prevalence of  drug abuse issues on other types of drugs as well. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=""></a><br></p>
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime issued latest World Drug Report, June 22, 2017<p>The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released its 2017 World Drug Report earlier this summer. This report consists of five booklets: a summary report and policy implications; supply, use, and health consequences; cultivation, production, and consumption of plant-based drugs; an extended analysis of the global synthetic drug market; and discussion of the drug problem, organized crime, illicit financial flows, corruption, and terrorism.</p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
SAMHSA Releases New National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data, September 7, 2017<p>SAMHSA released the latest findings from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which provides the estimates on substance use including including opioids (both prescription pain relievers and heroin), and the prevalence of mental health issues such as mental illness, depression, and suicidal thoughts.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>
Interim Report: Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, July 2017<p>The White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis published its interim report. It included recommendations the President can take to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, to prevent deaths and provide more accessible and informed methods of treatment for addiction.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>

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