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New Surgeon General's Report Dedicated to Substance Use Disorders

Last week, the U.S. Surgeon General released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marking the first time a Surgeon General's report has been dedicated to substance misuse and related disorders. Nearly 21 million Americans—more than the number of people who have cancer—suffer from substance use disorders, making it "one of America's most pressing health concerns," according to the Report.

The Report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug misuse and provides an in-depth look at the science of substance use disorders and addiction. It also calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about addiction and recommends actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions and promote recovery. Read the press release.

More Than 2 Million Youth Used Alcohol for the First Time in 2015, According to Latest NSDUH

About 2.4 million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 used alcohol for the first time in 2015, according to the latest short report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). On average, this means that more than 6,500 adolescents ages 12-17 started using alcohol each day. The latest report highlights these and other data about substance use initiation rates, as well as perceptions of the risks of harm from cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs.

Resources to Help Curb Holiday Drinking and Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offer resources to help prevent underage drinking, as well as drinking and driving, this holiday season. NHTSA's public service campaigns include customizable materials, such as Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and The Ultimate Party Foul. SAMHSA's resources help parents and caregivers talk about the dangers of underage drinking and drinking and driving. Also available is information about social host liability laws for instituting consequences for adults who provide alcohol to underage youth, and sobriety and traffic safety checkpoints, which can reduce underage drinking and driving.

SAVE THE DATE: SAMHSA'S National Prevention Week, May 14-20, 2017

SAMHSA's National Prevention Week (NPW), a weeklong health observance dedicated to increasing action around substance use and mental health, is celebrated by communities, organizations, and individuals across the country each year. The 2017 theme is Making Each Day Count, and NPW will promote a different health topic each day. On Tuesday, May 16, the topic will be "Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse," providing communities and organizations with an opportunity to showcase their efforts to prevent underage drinking and alcohol misuse.