The 2016 Annual Report of the Substance Abuse Services Council has been posted to the DBHDS website.

The 2016 Annual Report of the Substance Abuse Services Council has been posted to the DBHDS website.  Here is the direct link to the report: http://leg2.state.va.us/DLS/h&sdocs.nsf/5c7ff392dd0ce64d85256ec400674ecb/bf03e1fef0798de185257ec400710b3b?OpenDocument Substance Abuse Services Council website is here: http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/boards-and-councils/substance-abuse-services-council During Council’s August 3rd meeting, members agreed that opioid addiction is the most critical behavioral health issue endangering the health and […]

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Training Locations needed for Strategic Planning Workshops-January 2017

Assistance Needed Strategic Planning Workshops OMNI will be conducting strategic planning workshops, and we need your assistance with providing training space the week of January 16th, 2017. We need space in the following areas: Roanoke Fredericksburg Newport News Trainings will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day; however, we will need time to […]

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NYT Article – Safer to Puff, E-Cigarettes Can’t Shake Their Reputation as a Menace

  Safer to Puff, E-Cigarettes Can’t Shake Their Reputation as a Menace  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/02/health/e-cigarette-vape-njoy-bankruptcy.html?emc=edit_th_20161102&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=65377982&_r=0 WASHINGTON — A decade after electronic cigarettes were introduced in the United States, use has flattened, sales have slowed and, this fall, NJoy, once one of the country’s biggest e-cigarette manufacturers, filed for bankruptcy. It is quite a reversal for an invention […]

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NYT Article – Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers

NYT Article – Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers November 1, 2016 The number of children being hospitalized because of prescription opioid poisoning has risen sharply since 1997, especially among toddlers and older teenagers, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine reported. The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed data from the […]

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ASIST advertised and WVPT interview

Lock and Talk Virginia has gotten a bit of press for an ASIST coming up that has openings if anyone is interested in sending folks our way.  The same folks at Augusta Free Press recently interviewed Lock and Talk Coordinator, Rebecca Textor about suicide prevention alongside Shirley Ramsey of AFSP on Viewpoints for WVPT. That interview link is […]

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Public Health Groups Sue to Force FDA Action on Graphic Warnings

The unnecessary delay in requiring graphic warnings causes Americans to suffer illness and death caused by smoking. Experts estimate that if the FDA had implemented graphic warnings for cigarette packages in 2012, by 2013 there would have been at least 5.3 million fewer smokers. The action would save thousands of lives, including 5,000 bystanders each year who won’t die from diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.

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More than 1/2 of Mentally Ill Us Adults Get No Treatment

Mental Health America just released its annual assessment of Americans with mental illness, the treatment they receive and the resources available to them — and the conclusions are sobering: Twenty percent of adults (43.7 million) have a mental health condition, and more than half of them do not receive treatment. Among youth, the rates of depression are rising, but 80 percent of children and adolescents either get insufficient treatment or none at all.

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