Maine’s addiction to painkillers

The amount of substance abuse treatment admissions for prescription pain reliever abuse* rose sharply – from 2.2% to 9.8% – between 1998 and 2008, a federal report recently showed us. And Maine made the very top of the list for having the highest percentage of residents being treated for painkiller addiction. According to the Substance

Innovative residential services model receives grant in Portland, ME area

A new and innovative residential substance abuse treatment program model was announced this week at The Recovery Center at Mercy Hospital in Westbrook, Maine. Mercy, along with its consortium partners Youth Alternatives Ingraham and Crossroads for Women, were awarded a grant of $1,000,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental  health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to carry

More Than 9 Million Kids are Affected by a Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Abuse

A recent SAMHSA report found that almost 12% of children in the United States live with a parent that either is dependent on or abuses drugs or alcohol. The finding comes from an analysis of results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2002 – 2007. Specifically, about 2.1 million children lived

Illicit Drug Use Stays the Same in 2007

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) on Thursday at the start of the 19th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The survey, based on interviews with about 67,500 people, shows little change in illicit drug use since the previous year.

Survey shows underage drinkers get alcohol from adults, younger girls drinking more than boys

A nationwide survey, being released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), shows that more than half of the teens surveyed admitted to underage drinking and 40% of those teens got free alcohol from an adult. Among the youngest teens, girls were found to drink slightly more than boys, consistent with