This week, SAMHSA released its strategic plan for the next four years, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015 – 2018 (Leading Change 2.0).
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What is SAMHSA's position on marijuana and the use of federal program dollars to prevent its use among youth and young adults? Simply put, SAMHSA wholeheartedly supports efforts by its grantees and stakeholders to promote clear and consistent prevention messages about the dangers and levels of risk around marijuana to parents, youth, young adults, community members, and the general public.
Heroin use and deaths related to prescription opioid use are on the rise in the U.S. As a result, overdose treatments like naloxone, which can help revive people in the throes of an opioid overdose, are attracting increased interest. A number of community-based harm reduction organizations are working to prevent overdose deaths through public education and naloxone distribution programs. SAMHSA has also released an overdose prevention toolkit, which includes prevention strategies and rescue steps to take when an overdose occurs.
We would like to take a moment to talk about the people behind these data.
As back-to-school season approaches, college students prepare to start new classes, see friends, and be tested—both inside and outside of the classroom. When school starts, students will be faced with decisions about partying, drinking, and drug use, and what they decide can have profound effects on their academic achievement and health.