Colorado DBH Prevention Health Communications, In the News for June 28, 2010

Source: DBH email, 6/28/2010

Attached is the June 28, 2010 edition of the DBH Prevention Community Programs, Prevention Health Communications, In the News and Resources weekly.

In the News is a collection of hyperlinks to current prevention articles, broadcasts, reports, press releases, funding announcements, conferences and events, training and more that are relevant to the prevention and reduction of the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Contents include stories on the following topics:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Substances (Other Drugs)
  • Education
  • Suicide
  • Violence
  • Behavioral/Mental Health
  • Health Care
  • Additional Briefs, Reports and Publications
  • Training/Education
  • Events/ Conferences
  • Funding

Attachments:

  1. Click here to access Prevention Health Communications, In the News and Resources weekly, 6/28/2010 (pdf)
  2. Document referenced in previous attachment: Colorado Population in Need – 2009, Nov 2009, WICHIE Mental Health Programs. (pdf)

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    Colorado DBH Prevention Health Communications, In the News for March 26, 2010

    Source: DBH email, 3/26/2010

    Attached is the March 26, 2010 edition of the DBH Prevention Community Programs, Prevention Health Communications, In the News and Resources weekly.

    In the News is a collection of hyperlinks to current prevention articles, broadcasts, reports, press releases, funding announcements, conferences and events, training and more that are relevant to the prevention and reduction of the use of alcohol and other drugs.

    Click here to access Prevention Health Communications, In the News and Resources weekly, 3/26/2010 (pdf)

    New Study Reveals that Black Adults Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking Levels are Below the National Average

    Source: SAMHSA News Release 2/25/10

    The current alcohol use rate for blacks aged 18 and older is significantly lower than the national adult average (44.3 percent versus 55.2 percent) according to a new study based on a national survey.The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also reveals that black adults have a lower rate of current binge drinking than the national adult average (21.7 percent versus 24.5 percent). Young black adults (aged 18-25) are markedly less likely to be currently engaged in binge drinking than young adults in the general population (25.3 percent versus 41.6 percent).

    One notable exception to the generally lower levels of alcohol use among black adults is the rate of current binge drinking among pregnant black women aged 18 to 44 which is higher than the national average for pregnant women in the age group (8.1 percent versus 3.6 percent).

    At the same time the study reveals that black adults have a higher rate of current illicit drug use than the national average (9.5 percent versus 7.9 percent). The difference in rates of current illicit drug use between black adults and the national average tends to be more pronounced among male adults aged 26 and older.For example, 14.7 percent of black adults aged 26 to 49 currently use illicit drugs as opposed to 11.2 percent of the general adult population in that age group.

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    Among the other noteworthy findings in the report – an estimated 1.1 million black adults (4.4 percent) were classified in the survey as needing treatment for an illicit drug use problem in the past year – higher than the national average of 2.9 percent. Almost one quarter (24.2 percent) of black adults in need of treatment received it at a specialty facility – significantly higher than the national average of 19.2 percent.

    The report, Substance Use among Black Adults is based on data collected during 2004 to 2008 from a nationally representative sample of 25,798 black adults who participated in SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

    The full report is online at: http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k10/174/174SubUseBlackAdults.cfm.

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    HHS Manual Focuses on Protecting Children Impacted by Family Substance Abuse

    Source: OJJDP JuvJust e-News, 8/19/09

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Children’s Bureau has released “Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders.” Part of the Bureau’s Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, the manual examines such topics as:

    the nature of substance use disorders

    the impact of parental substance abuse disorders on children

    examination, screening, assessment, and treatment for substance abuse disorders

    the role of child protective services caseworkers.

    Resources:

    “Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders” is available online at www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/substanceuse or in pdf at http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/substanceuse/substanceuse.pdf.

    For further information about the Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, visit www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanual.cfm.

    SAMHSA Announces Additional Funding to Bolster Increasingly Strained National Suicide Prevention Lif

    Source: SAMHSA News Release, 8/5/2009

    Effects of the economy are placing increased demands on crisis services centers at the same time they face cutbacks from other funding sources.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is moving to provide urgent funding to suicide prevention centers around the nation which are dealing with the enormous hardship wrought by the economic downturn. Many of these centers must cope with a sharp rise in the number of callers in crisis (often because of financial problems). At the same time these centers are threatened with significant cutbacks in funding from state and local governments and other sources of support.

    “This is a critical situation – calls into suicide crisis centers have substantially increased during the past year – 54,054 calls in the last recorded month alone — with between 20 to 30 percent of calls being specifically linked to economic distress,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator, Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. “These funds will help provide desperately needed assistance to those on the front lines, responding to this urgent public health need.” SAMHSA funds the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) through a cooperative agreement for Networking, Certifying and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines that was awarded to Link2Health Solutions, Inc.

    SAMHSA is providing more than $1 million in additional funding through a fiscal year (FY) 2009 supplement to this cooperative agreement. This supplemental funding will help expand the ability of the network of up to 20 crisis centers participating in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to deal with the increased demand for services during a time of financial hardship, and to reach out to those in their communities most at risk.

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK, coordinates the network of 140 crisis centers across the United States providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to individuals seeking help at any time, day or night. Because of the rising number of calls coming into the crisis centers, and cutbacks in funding from others sources, many centers are experiencing extraordinary difficulties in maintaining their operations.

    The $1,050,000 supplement will be overseen by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

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