On December 2, 2013, SAMHSA held a public seminar facilitating a discussion on assisted outpatient treatment, also known as involuntary outpatient commitment. SAMHSA held this seminar to educate about and improve the understanding of this form of court-ordered treatment for people with mental illnesses. The purpose was to help get the conversation started, and begin a process to engage Americans on tough issues that impact communities.This seminar, held as part of the ongoing National Dialogue on Mental Health, included presentations focused on research related to assisted outpatient treatment by Marvin Swartz, MD and Jeffrey Swanson, PhD.
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An opioid is a drug used to reduce pain. Drugs like Oxycontin, Lortab, and Vicodin are opioids. Opioids are powerful medications that are sometimes misused or used incorrectly, which can result in a life-threatening overdose situation.The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed an Opioid Overdose Toolkit to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose, as well as how to use a drug called naloxone to prevent overdose-related deaths.Opioid abuse has become a major health problem that accounts for a growing number of overdoses each year. Last year alone it was responsible for close to 17,000 deaths in the United States.