Substance Abuse

States Implement Policy Measures in 2016 to Address Opioid Misuse

December 22, 2016|3:16 p.m.| KT Kramer

ASTHO tracked legislation across the 48 jurisdictions that held legislative sessions in 2016 to identify the actions policymakers are taking to protect public health. Read More »

ASTHO President Rallies Health Officials to Prevent Substance Misuse and Addictions

November 15, 2016|1:16 p.m.| Leslie Erdelack

Substance misuse remains a serious and multifaceted public health problem in the United States, one that ASTHO President Jay Butler will confront as part of the 2017 President’s Challenge. Read More »

Leading State Health: David Sundwall on Public Health and the Presidential Election

November 10, 2016|4:33 p.m.| David Sundwall

With the transition to a new presidential administration, ASTHO continues to advance its nonpartisan agenda to transform state and territorial public health. Read More »

Hitting Utah’s Opioid Epidemic from Multiple Angles

April 25, 2016|10:25 a.m.| KT Kramer

During the 2016 legislative session, Utah enacted nine bills to provide more tools and flexibility to respond to the state's epidemic of deaths from opioid overdose. Read More »

CDC Issues New Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids

March 17, 2016|6:02 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

Using other pain relievers for chronic pain, lowest effective dosage, and patient monitoring are the principles used to develop the 12 guidelines. Read More »

Heroin Use in the United States On the Rise

July 08, 2015|6:57 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Heroin use in the United States rose 63 percent between 2002 and 2013, and over that same time period, heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled. Read More »

Drug Overdoses, Suicide Now Leading Causes of Injury Deaths

June 18, 2015|2:35 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Overdose deaths have doubled over the past 14 years, and half of those deaths stem from prescription drugs. Read More »

Emergency Rooms Crack Down on Opioid Abusers

June 03, 2015|4:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Emergency rooms across the country are cracking down on patients who show up several times a month requesting pain pills. Read More »

Survey Describes Public's Perception of Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

May 19, 2015|2:31 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

Nearly 40 percent of Americans report knowing someone who has abused prescription painkillers in the previous five years. Read More »

Report: 1 Billion People Smoke Tobacco, 240 Million Adults Suffer Alcohol-related Disorders Worldwide

May 12, 2015|2:51 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Alcohol use and tobacco smoking are the most prevalent and harmful addictive behaviors worldwide, according to the world’s first comprehensive report on global addictions. Read More »

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to Equip State Police with Naloxone

April 24, 2015|1:24 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Pennsylvania State Police will begin carrying naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal antidote, to combat heroin and opioid overdoses. Read More »

Washington State Uses Guidelines and Programs to Reduce the Number of Drug- and Alcohol-Exposed Babies

April 01, 2015|9:40 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

The Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services collaborated to provide prenatal substance abuse screening tools to providers and programs to women. Read More »

Public Does Not Understand Danger of Opioid Addiction

March 12, 2015|4:06 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

New survey data from the National Safety Council shows public does not have a good grasp on the dangers of prescription drug misuse. Read More »

Arizona Targets Teen Tobacco Use with Comedy and Online Video

February 09, 2015|9:27 a.m.| John Skendall

Arizona’s health department has upped the ante on its anti-tobacco messaging to teens. Read More »

Mortality Rate Associated with Heroin Soars

January 15, 2015|5:15 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

CDC’s 2013 drug overdose mortality data show that drug deaths related to prescription opioids have remained stable since 2012, but that the mortality rate associated with heroin has increased. Read More »

FDA Approves Abuse-Resistant Hydrocodone Tablet

November 21, 2014|5:07 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

On Nov. 20, FDA approved Hysingla ER, a new version of hydrocodone with features that drug makers hope will reduce instances of misuse. Read More »

WHO Recommends Expanding Access to Naloxone to Reduce Opioid-Related Deaths

November 05, 2014|11:28 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

The World Health Organization yesterday released recommended guidelines to make naloxone, used to counter overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids, accessible beyond medical care settings. Read More »

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Describes Efforts of States to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

October 27, 2014|1:34 p.m.| John Skendall

This year, under the leadership of Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Terry Cline, ASTHO challenged the health agencies of each U.S. state and territory to stem the rampant rate of abuse and deaths associated with prescription drugs. Read More »