Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt Named Honorary Chairpersons for SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

From SAMHSA February 14, 2017

Olympic champions Michael Phelps, the world’s most decorated Olympian, and Allison Schmitt, an eight–time Olympic medalist, are partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) over the next year to focus attention on the needs of children, youth, and young adults who experience behavioral health disorders, such as mental illnesses and addictions. Phelps and Schmitt will serve as Honorary Chairpersons of SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2017 national event: “Partnering for Help and Hope.” Teammates and personal friends, Phelps and Schmitt have spoken candidly about their respective struggles with behavioral health and how they have supported each other through difficult times. The duo will collaborate with SAMHSA to promote children’s behavioral health initiatives.

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Study Finds One in Four High School E-Cigarette Users Have Tried “Dripping”

From NIH

A study of high school students found that one in four teens reported using e-cigarettes for “dripping,” a practice in which users produce and inhale vapors by placing drops of e-liquids directly onto heated atomizer coils. In a survey of 1,080 Connecticut high school students who used e-cigarettes, 26.1 percent of students reported this behavior. The survey found students engaged in dripping to produce thicker clouds of vapor, improve flavors, and produce a stronger throat hit. The research was funded by NIDA and the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products.

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In Brief: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: A Guide For Healthcare Providers

This resource explains the emergence and purpose of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and describes how PDMP use can enhance clinical decision making. It discusses how PDMPs improve individual patient safety while also helping decrease prescription drug misuse and unintentional overdose deaths.
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