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White House Releases 2014 National Drug Control Strategy
In releasing the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, President Barack Obama stated that “Illicit drug use and its consequences challenge our shared dream of building for our children a country that is healthier, safer, and more prosperous.” The 2014 Strategy recommends the following:

  • A national prevention system that is grounded at the community level;
  • Prevention efforts that encompass the range of settings in which young people grow up; and
  • A method of developing and spreading information about youth drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.

The Strategy is designed to continue ongoing progress in reducing underage drinking. One of its specific objectives is to “Decrease the lifetime prevalence of 8th graders who have used drugs, alcohol, or tobacco by 15 percent.” More

SAMHSA Marks FASD Awareness Day With a Free Webinar
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects. Babies born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) can experience mild to severe physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications. The costs to the United States of babies with fetal alcohol syndrome born just to mothers ages 15 to 20 are estimated at $1.3 billion annually.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) FASD Center for Excellence will mark FASD Awareness Day with a free webinar on the new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (TIP #58). The webinar, on September 9, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT, will provide:

  • An overview of the TIP series and the TIP development process;
  • The specific content of TIP #58 (including the basics of FASD); and
  • Guidance on how to use the TIP as a staff development tool in various settings.

Check the FASD Center for Excellence Webinars page for updates.

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September Is Recovery Month
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to foster public understanding and acceptance of the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery from behavioral health conditions. The observance also promotes ways that first responders, faith leaders, youth and young adults, and policymakers can recognize these issues and reach out to help others, as well as themselves.

The 25th annual Recovery Month theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out, which encourages people to openly discuss mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery. SAMHSA has created a free Recovery Month toolkit that assists communities in planning Recovery Month events and offers resources to distribute in communities and during local events. More