National Prevention Week 2020

May 10–16, 2020 SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity-building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day. NPW culminates in May by recognizing the important work that communities have done throughout the year to inspire action […]

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SAMHSA’s Coronavirus resources

Resources In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SAMHSA is offering several resources for mental and substance use disorder treatment providers and others. In addition, given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, SAMHSA is providing regular updates via a new consolidated COVID-19 page. This page can be found at samhsa.gov/coronavirus. Please check for new updates. COVID-19 Guidance […]

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Register Now for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) in March

Mark your calendars for a week of SHATTERING THE MYTHS® about drugs, alcohol, and addiction from Monday, March 30, to Sunday, April 5, 2020. NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science-based facts about drugs and alcohol. Join National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in celebrating the 10th anniversary of NDAFW. NIDA research shows that people are more likely to try […]

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PCOA Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training

On Thursday, March 5th from 2:30-4:30pm, Pima Council on Aging and the BeMedSmart subcommittee will host Sonoran Prevention Works’ Christopher Thomas to give education and supplies for preventing fatal opioid overdoses. He will be bringing FREE naloxone kits and provide information about this and another life-saving medication, Narcan. This event is aimed toward healthcare professionals, counselors […]

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2019 End of Year Evaluation Report: Community Perceptions of Substance Use and Outcomes of Workshops and Educational Activities

Using data collected by Service providers and community coalitions throughout Southern Arizona that addressed substance use and misuse among youth and older adults, the report details substance misuse trends, effectiveness of workshops, and outcomes of evidence-based programs. Each provider, in consultation with Arizona Complete Health and Evaluation Research and Development (ERAD), developed a logic model […]

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Less than 40% of Arizona doctors use prescription drug database, despite state law

PHOENIX – Arizona law requires doctors to check a state database before they write a new prescription for a controlled substance, such as opioids. Yet less than 40% do. Sheila Sjolander, an assistant director at the Arizona Department of Health Services, said department officials know that’s a problem they’re “all struggling” to address in the state’s fight […]

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