A new SAMHSA report shows that people age 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of being interviewed).
A new SAMHSA report shows that some drug-related emergency department visits related to nonmedical uses of central nervous system stimulants increased by 300 percent.
New SAMHSA Report Shows When Times Are Tough, Public Funding for Behavioral Health Treatment Is Even More Critical
The National Expenditures for Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Treatment, 1986–2009 shows that the annual growth rate for overall spending for the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders was 6.1 percent from 2004 to 2007, before the recession. From 2007 to 2009, during the recession, that growth rate fell to 4.3 percent.
In a disaster, it's essential that behavioral health responders have the resources they need—when and where they need them. SAMHSA's GO2AID—Field Resources for Aiding Disaster Survivors—makes it easy to provide quality support.