Substance Abuse Overview

Understanding Substance Abuse

Substance abuse refers to a set of related conditions associated with the consumption of mind- and behavior-altering substances that have negative behavioral and health outcomes. Social attitudes and political and legal responses to the consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs make substance abuse one of the most complex public health issues. In addition to the considerable health implications, substance abuse has been a flash-point in the criminal justice system and a major focal point in discussions about social values: people argue over whether substance abuse is a disease with genetic and biological foundations or a matter of personal choice.

Source: HealthyPeople.gov : 2020 Topics & Objectives > Substance Abuse

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2011 Data Report on Discharges
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National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS): 2011 Data on Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities
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N-SSATS is a point-prevalence survey that provides data on substance abuse treatment facilities (both public and private) and their clients throughout the 50 states, District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions. N-SSATS contains information on facility ownership, services offered, primary treatment focus, methadone/buprenorphine dispensing, number of clients (total and under age 18), number receiving methadone and buprenorphine, and number of beds.

Geographic data included in N-SSATS are Federal Information Processing Standards state and county codes, metropolitan statistical area, core-based statistical area, Census region, and Census division.

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NSCAW II Wave 2 Report: Child Well-Being
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The second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW II) is a longitudinal study intended to answer a range of fundamental questions about the functioning, service needs, and service use of children who come in contact with the child welfare system. Of particular interest to the study are children’s health, mental health, and developmental risks, especially for those children who experienced the most severe abuse and exposure to violence.

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FAQs: Marijuana and Methods of Use
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FAQs: Health Effects of Marijuana
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Drug Guide.
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The Drug Guide at The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information, including drug descriptions, slang terms, short term- and long term- effects, images, federal classifications and more.

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Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
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Data-Based Planning for Effective Prevention
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Presents the key principles and core expectations of the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroups, designed to use data to inform and enhance state and community decisions regarding substance abuse and mental health disorder prevention programs.

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National Drug IQ Challenge
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Encourages people to test their knowledge about drug abuse and addiction by asking them to take a 12-question quiz. Accompanying answers shed light on the science of drug abuse.

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National Above the Influence Day
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For the second year in a row, as part of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, ONDCP is encouraging partners across the country to join us in celebrating the second annual National Above the Influence (ATI) Day. This year, the flagship ATI event will take place in Washington DC on October 17th. On that day and in the weeks leading up to the 17th, community partners from all around the country will participate in a variety of youth-focused activities that place teens at the heart of this national celebration. In addition to the activities happening around the country on the 17th, four featured partners and their youth in Texas, California, New York, and Florida will be visited by ONDCP officials - each of these areas will showcase their teens in a variety of customized, teen-centric activities and performances in concert with the main event in Washington, DC. Please encourage your community’s youth organizations to get involved in National Above the Influence Day 2013. Visit www.ATIpartnerships.com for more information on how to join the National ATI Day activities webinars, and how to vote for the winning “Made by Me National Challenge” video submission. 

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Approaches to Prevention: Lessons from the Field
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This video series features prevention leaders and researchers discussing their approaches to preventing substance use and related behavioral health problems.

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