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Released: 29-Aug-2013 10:50 AM EDT
Substance Use by Adolescents on an Average Day Is Alarming
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

On an average day, 881,684 teenagers aged 12 to 17 smoked cigarettes, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report also says that on an average day 646,707 adolescents smoked marijuana and 457,672 drank alcohol.

Released: 27-Aug-2013 11:35 AM EDT
Administration Officials to Hold Media Briefing on Current State of Drug Overdose in America Ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day; Announce New and Ongoing Administration Efforts to Prevent Overdose
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

On Wednesday, August 28th, top Administration officials, including Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Kana Enomoto, Principal Deputy Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will host a pen and pad media briefing to discuss current overdose trends in the United States and release a new opioid toolkit aimed at reducing the number of deaths resulting from opioid overdose by education for clinicians, patients, communities, first responders, overdose survivors, and family members. The briefing will take place ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day, a day observed each August 31st to recognize victims of overdose.

Released: 27-Aug-2013 8:00 AM EDT
State/Federal Effort to Reduce Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Shows Continued Success
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report on the Synar Amendment program – a federal and state partnership aimed at ending illegal tobacco sales to minors – shows that all the states and the District of Columbia have continued to meet their goals of curtailing sales of tobacco to underage youth (those under 18). The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which sponsors the Synar program shows that the average national retailer violation rate of tobacco sales is 9.1 percent – significantly below the 20 percent target rate set by the program. While this rate represents an increase from the year before, it is the second lowest retailer violation rate in the history of the Synar program.

Released: 22-Aug-2013 8:40 AM EDT
Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers May Raise the Risk of Turning to Heroin Use
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that people aged 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of being interviewed) than others in that age group (0.39 percent versus 0.02 percent). The report also shows that four out of five recent heroin initiates (79.5 percent) had previously used prescription pain relievers nonmedically.

Released: 8-Aug-2013 9:00 AM EDT
Stimulant-Related Emergency Department Visits Rise 300 Percent Among Younger Adults
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that some drug-related emergency department visits increased by 300 percent -- from 5,605 visits in 2005 to 22,949 visits in 2011. These visits, made by adults aged 18 to 34, were related to the nonmedical use of central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. On average, about 30 percent of these visits also involved alcohol.

Released: 26-Jul-2013 4:00 PM EDT
Alcohol Use Among Pregnant Women in Substance Abuse Treatment Drops in Past Decade, but Illicit Drug Use Rises
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the percentage of pregnant woman in substance abuse treatment using alcohol (with or without drug use) dropped from 46.6 percent to 34.8 percent over a ten year period. However, the report also shows that the percentage of substance abuse admissions involving pregnant women using drugs (without co-occurring alcohol use) rose from 51.1 percent to 63.8 percent during this same period.

Released: 22-Jul-2013 8:00 AM EDT
Excessive Heat Poses Increased Risks for Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is issuing a heat advisory to alert the nation to the increased risk of heat-related illnesses for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. Children and older adults with these conditions are particularly vulnerable to elevated temperatures.

Released: 15-Jul-2013 11:00 AM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to Nearly $4 Million in System of Care Expansion Planning Grants
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding System of Care Expansion Planning grants totaling up to nearly $4 million. The purpose of these grants is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to expand and sustain the system of care approach to providing services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

Released: 5-Jul-2013 12:00 PM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to $750,000 in Grants to Improve Opioid Treatment Programs’ Electronic Health Record-Keeping Systems
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding up to $750,000 to help enable opioid treatment programs to develop electronic health record systems. These systems will allow the opioid treatment programs to fulfill their regulatory requirements, achieve certified status and become interoperable with other patient health record systems. Overall these enhancements will enable opioid treatment programs to provide better service and behavioral health outcomes for their patients.

Released: 13-Jun-2013 11:00 AM EDT
The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 Provides Immediate Crisis Counseling to People Affected by the Severe Storms in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Kentucky and Virginia
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the severe storms making their way through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Kentucky and Virginia. The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy.

Released: 24-May-2013 9:00 AM EDT
More Than One in Five Parents Believe They Have Little Influence in Preventing Teens From Using Illicit Substances
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report indicates that more than one in five parents of teens aged 12 to 17 (22.3 percent) think what they say has little influence on whether or not their child uses illicit substances, tobacco, or alcohol. This report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also shows one in ten parents said they did not talk to their teens about the dangers of using tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs – even though 67.6 percent of these parents who had not spoken to their children thought they would influence whether their child uses drugs if they spoke to them.

Released: 20-May-2013 5:50 PM EDT
SAMHSA Appoints Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D. To the New Position of Chief Medical Officer
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde is announcing the appointment of Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. as SAMHSA’s first chief medical officer. In this capacity she will provide medical-scientific expertise to SAMHSA’s major behavioral health efforts including those promoting the prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, as well as the treatment and recovery of people from these conditions.

Released: 9-May-2013 10:00 AM EDT
Report Reveals Special Challenges of Pregnant Teens in Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report shows that among the approximately 57,000 teenage female (ages 12 to 19) substance abuse treatment admissions each year, about 2,000 (4 percent) involve pregnant teens. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) report finds that these pregnant teen admissions tend to face greater challenges than other female teen admissions in a number of key areas such as financial and educational status.

Released: 1-May-2013 9:00 AM EDT
Sharp Rise in Emergency Department Visits Involving the Sleep Medication Zolpidem
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to the sleep medication zolpidem rose nearly 220 percent from 6,111 visits in 2005 to 19,487 visits in 2010. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report also finds that in 2010 patients aged 45 or older represented about three-quarters (74 percent) of all emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to zolpidem.

Released: 16-Apr-2013 10:00 AM EDT
The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 Provides Immediate Crisis Counseling to People Affected by the Tragedy in Boston
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the tragedy in Boston. The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy.

Released: 20-Mar-2013 11:00 AM EDT
Adults Experiencing Mental Illness or a Substance Use Disorder Account for Nearly 40 Percent of All Cigarettes Smoked
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Adults aged 18 or older who experienced any mental illness or who have had a substance use disorder in the past year are more likely to smoke and to smoke more heavily than others, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Released: 14-Feb-2013 10:25 AM EST
12th Grade Dropouts Have Higher Rates of Cigarette, Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Youth in the 12th grade age range (ages 16 to 18) who have dropped out of school prior to graduating are more likely than their counterparts to be current users of cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other illicit drugs, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Released: 7-Feb-2013 10:55 AM EST
Reports Show Fewer Adolescents Getting Substance Abuse Prevention Messaging
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

New reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) find that overall, from 2002 to 2011, the percentage of adolescents receiving substance abuse prevention messages in the past year from media fell significantly – from 83.2 percent in 2002 to 75.1 percent in 2011. School-based prevention messaging also dropped – from 78.8 percent in 2002 to 74.5 percent in 2011. The report also finds that roughly 40 percent of adolescents did not talk with their parents in the past year about the dangers of substance use.

Released: 24-Jan-2013 12:00 PM EST
Sharp Rise in Emergency Department Visits Involving ADHD Medications
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stimulant medications more than doubled from 13,379 visits in 2005 to 31,244 in 2010. The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that the greatest rates of increase in emergency department visits involving ADHD stimulant medications occurred among those aged 18 and older, while the level among those under 18 remained largely unchanged during this period.

Released: 8-Jan-2013 11:30 AM EST
Prescription Drug Misuse Remains a Top Public Health Concern
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana as the nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problem, with approximately 22 million persons nationwide initiating nonmedical pain reliever use since 2002, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report also shows variations in use by state, with combined 2010 and 2011 data indicating that rates of past year misuse among those aged 12 or older ranged from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon.

Released: 13-Dec-2012 1:00 PM EST
Sharp Rise in Admissions for Certain Drug Combinations Over 10 Years
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Substance abuse treatment admissions for addiction involving combined use of benzodiazepine and narcotic pain relievers rose a total of 569.7 percent, to 33,701, from 2000 to 2010, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Overall substance abuse treatment admissions of people ages 12 and older in the same period rose 4 percent, to 1.82 million, the agency said.

Released: 4-Dec-2012 12:00 PM EST
First-of-Its-Kind Report Finds That Street Forms of “Synthetic Marijuana” Products Linked to Thousands of Hospital Emergency Departments Visits Each Year
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Street forms of synthetic cannabinoids – so-called “synthetic marijuana” – were linked to 11,406 of the 4.9 million drug-related emergency department (ED) visits in 2010, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Released: 27-Nov-2012 4:50 PM EST
20 Percent of U.S. Adults Experienced Mental Illness in the Past Year, Report Says
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

One in 5 American adults aged 18 or older, or 45.6 million people, had mental illness in the past year, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Released: 20-Nov-2012 11:30 AM EST
Underage Drinking Still Serious Problem in All States According to New National Report
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

ore than a quarter of the American population who are too young to drink are doing so anyway according to a new report issued today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Released: 15-Nov-2012 11:40 AM EST
New State-by-State Report Shows a Significant Decrease in Adolescent Smoking in Most States During the Past Decade
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Current cigarette smoking among 12- to 17-year-olds fell significantly from 2002 to 2010 in 41 states, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report also showed that during the same period, adolescent perception of risk from cigarette smoking has remained unchanged in most states.

Released: 25-Sep-2012 2:35 PM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to $6 Million in Grants for Teen Court Program
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Ten Teen Court Program grants totaling up to $6 million over the next three years will provide substance abuse treatment services and related recovery support services to youth with substance abuse and/or co-occurring treatment needs involved in a teen court program. The funding is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Released: 20-Sep-2012 2:00 PM EDT
National Survey on Drug Use and Health to Be Unveiled in Conjunction with 23rd Annual National Recovery Month Observance
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will unveil the results of the latest (2011) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) at a press conference on Monday, September 24, 2012. The annual survey is the largest of its kind and is the government’s primary vehicle for determining how many persons are using illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as how many are misusing pharmaceuticals.

Released: 13-Sep-2012 1:50 PM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to $15.1 Million in Grants to Help Prevent Underage Drinking
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde today announced the award and anticipated future funding of 81 new grants, totaling up to $15.1 million over four years, to prevent underage drinking through the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP ACT) grant program.

Released: 12-Sep-2012 5:30 PM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to $2.3 Million in Statewide Consumer Network Grants
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Up to $2.3 million in funding will help up to 11 new statewide consumer networks strengthen coalitions among consumers, peers, policymakers, and service providers, Pamela S. Hyde, the administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced today.

Released: 27-Aug-2012 11:40 AM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to $1.1 Million in Statewide Family Network Program Grants
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde announced today the awarding of six new grants totaling up to $1.1 million over the next three years that will enhance state capacity and infrastructure to be more oriented to the needs of children and adolescents with a serious mental health condition.

Released: 22-Aug-2012 4:00 PM EDT
SAMHSA Awards a Minority Fellowship Program Grant of Up to $1.6 Million to Expand the Behavioral Health Workforce to Better Address the Needs of Underserved Populations
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde today announced the award of a minority fellowship grant of up to $1.6 million to expand the behavioral health workforce in order to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes for traditionally underserved populations. The grant will improve health care outcomes for these populations by increasing the number of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse counselors available in the public and private non-profit service sectors.

Released: 14-Aug-2012 4:40 PM EDT
Rural Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Significantly More Likely Than Urban Counterparts to Be Referred by Criminal Justice System
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

New report shows significant differences in demographics and abuse patterns of substance abuse treatment admissions in rural versus urban communities.

Released: 13-Aug-2012 11:15 AM EDT
Alcohol-Drug Combinations Account for Nearly 37 Percent of Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report shows that 37.2 percent of substance abuse treatment admissions involve both alcohol and drug abuse. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 23.1 percent of all admissions reported the abuse of alcohol and one other drug, and 14.1 percent reported the abuse of alcohol and two or more drugs.

Released: 7-Aug-2012 10:30 AM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to $11 Million in Grants for Treatment Services for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Recovering From Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde announced today the awarding of seven new grants totaling up to $11 million over the next three years under the Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW). The program expands the availability of comprehensive, residential substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support services for pregnant and postpartum women and their minor children -- including services for non-residential family members of both the women and children.

Released: 6-Aug-2012 3:30 PM EDT
SAMHSA Awards More Than $4 Million to Expand Care Coordination Through the Use of Health Information Technology
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde today announced more than $4 million in new grants for Health Information Technology (HIT) service for communities across the nation. The purpose of this program is to leverage technology to enhance and/or expand the capacity of substance abuse treatment providers to serve people who traditionally have been underserved because of lack of access to treatment in their immediate community. This lack of access can be due to transportation concerns, an inadequate number of substance abuse treatment providers in their community, and /or financial constraints.

Released: 2-Aug-2012 9:00 AM EDT
State/Federal Partnership Continues to Reduce Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors to an All-Time Low
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report on the Synar Amendment program – a federal and state partnership aimed at ending illegal tobacco sales to minors—shows that all the states and the District of Columbia have continued to meet their goals of curtailing sales of tobacco to underage youth (those under 18). The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which sponsors the Synar program, shows that the average national retailer violation rate of tobacco sales is down to 8.5 percent, the lowest level in the history of the program.

Released: 25-Jul-2012 11:00 AM EDT
Depression Rates Triple Between the Ages of 12 and 15 Among Adolescent Girls
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report shows that the percentage of girls who experience a major depressive episode in the past year triples between the ages of 12 and 15 (from 5.1 percent to 15.2 percent respectively).

Released: 25-Jul-2012 11:00 AM EDT
SAMHSA Awards More Than $22 Million for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Programs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing more than $22 million in new funding to expand implementing screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) services for adults in primary care and community health settings.

Released: 20-Jul-2012 10:00 AM EDT
SAMHSA Recognizes the Legacy of Behavioral Health Pioneer Dorothea Dix and Strives to Advance Her Efforts to Provide Help to Those Most in Need
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

This July marks the passing of behavioral health pioneer Dorothea Dix 125 years ago. Dix is widely regarded as the mother of the modern behavioral healthcare movement. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year it recognizes the phenomenal accomplishments she made in advancing the cause of those with behavioral health needs – a legacy which still guides much of what SAMHSA does today.

Released: 10-Jul-2012 9:45 AM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to $3.5 Million in System of Care Expansion Planning Grants for Children and Their Families
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding up to $3.5 million for the Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families program. The purpose of these grants is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving and expanding services provided by systems of care for children and youth with serious mental health conditions and their families.

Released: 9-Jul-2012 11:50 AM EDT
SAMHSA Awards Up to $12 Million in Grants to Benefit People Experiencing Homelessness
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that it is awarding eight new grants totaling up to $4 million per year over the next three years to public service agencies across the country working to prevent or reduce chronic homelessness in their communities.

Released: 3-Jul-2012 10:00 AM EDT
SAMHSA Releases New Reports on Drug Use
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today released two reports regarding substance abuse. The first indicates that youths between the ages of 12 and 17 are far more likely to start using most substances during the summer than during other parts of the year. The second report of data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) system shows that the rate of increase in drug-related emergency department (ED) visits slowed from an average annual rate of 18.2 percent in the years between 2005 and 2008, to an average annual rate of 6.1 percent in the years 2009 and 2010.

Released: 22-Jun-2012 10:45 AM EDT
New High School Toolkit Offers Hope in Preventing Suicide Among Adolescents
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) unveiled a new toolkit to help prevent suicide. Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools aims at reducing the risk of suicide among high school students by providing school administrators, principals, mental health professionals, health educators, guidance counselors, nurses, student services coordinators, teachers and others guidelines for identifying teenagers at risk and resources for taking appropriate actions to provide help.

Released: 6-Jun-2012 2:30 PM EDT
Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 29 Americans, from our country’s service men and women to abused children and survivors of rape, domestic violence and natural disasters. During PTSD Awareness Month in June, and throughout the year, we recognize the millions of Americans who experience this challenging and debilitating condition.

Released: 17-May-2012 9:00 AM EDT
Report Shows Decrease in Smoking Levels Among Adolescents and Young Adults in a Six-Year Period
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report shows that while a significant segment of minors and young adults are still current smokers, there was a decrease in the rate of cigarette use among these populations between 2004 and 2010 (the year with the latest available data). The report, based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), shows that the rate of current cigarette use (having smoked at least once in the past month) among adolescents decreased from 11.9 percent in 2004 to 8.3 percent in 2010. Similarly, the level of current cigarette users among young adults decreased from 39.5 percent in 2004 to 34.2 percent in 2010.

Released: 11-May-2012 4:25 PM EDT
Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Mental Health Month
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Last year, 45.9 million adult Americans had a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. These conditions affect individuals, their families and loved ones, and communities. Unfortunately, many individuals do not receive needed services and treatment. In fact, estimates show that one-fifth to one-third of the uninsured are people with mental and substance use disorders. People with mental illnesses also experience disparities in income, employment, education, homelessness, full community participation, and most tragically – life expectancy. Outdated misperceptions, myths, and prejudice lead to many of these outcomes.

Released: 10-May-2012 8:00 AM EDT
New Report Shows More Than One in Five Pregnant White Women Smoke Cigarettes
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A new report shows that 21.8 percent of pregnant White women aged 15 to 44 currently (within the past 30 days) smoked cigarettes. The study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also showed that cigarette smoking levels among pregnant White women were significantly higher than the levels among pregnant Black women (14.2 percent) and pregnant Hispanic women (6.5 percent) in the same 15 to 44 age range.

Released: 25-Apr-2012 1:05 PM EDT
SAMHSA Releases Mental Health, United States 2010 Report
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today released Mental Health, United States, 2010, the latest in a series of publications issued biannually by SAMHSA since 1980. This new report includes mental health statistics at the National and State levels from 35 different data sources.

Released: 23-Apr-2012 10:45 AM EDT
Celebrating 20 Years of SAMHSA Serving Behavioral Health Needs of the American Public
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

In 1992 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was established and began its work to help address the nation’s behavioral health needs – including those of our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families.

Released: 16-Apr-2012 1:00 PM EDT
The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 Provides Immediate Counseling and Help to People Affected by the Midwest Tornados
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the Midwest tornados.


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