SAMHSA announced the funding of up to $14.5 million in grants over several years for suicide prevention programs. The grant programs included in this SAMHSA effort are Zero Suicide and Cooperative Agreements To Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Federal and state governments are working to ensure opioid treatment is available in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. States can reallocate previously awarded formula and discretionary grants to provide opioid use disorder treatment when no other funds are available. The decision will help people in affected areas of Texas and Louisiana, where thousands have been displaced by storms.
SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report provides the latest estimates on substance use and mental health in the nation, including the misuse of opioids. Opioids include heroin use and pain reliever misuse. In 2016, there were 11.8 million people age 12 or older who misused opioids in the past year. The majority of those individuals misused pain relievers rather than used heroin—there were 11.5 million people who misused pain relievers and 948,000 people who used heroin.
A new report from SAMHSA shows the number of Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) has increased from approximately 1,100 in 2003 to almost 1,500 by the end of 2016. The number of clients receiving methadone on the survey reference date increased from about 227,000 in 2003 to over 350,000 in 2015. OTPs are regulated by SAMHSA and are qualified to dispense the controlled substances, methadone and buprenorphine, to treat addiction to opioids (e.g., heroin and prescription pain relievers).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and SAMHSA recently released a new publication titled, Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. The publication is designed to serve as a behavioral health resource for consumers and offers important information about mental health and substance use disorder services, including definitions of behavioral health terms and guidance on how to find a behavioral health services provider, receive treatment, and obtain follow-up care.
Live from Washington, DC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will convene national leaders and experts to talk about the opioid epidemic and other addictions to raise awareness, encourage compassion, reinforce the role of community and families in long-term recovery and prevention, and make a call to action. This live stream will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.