On October 6, 2022, President Joe Biden issued A Proclamation on Granting Pardon for the Offense of Simple Possession of Marijuana. The Proclamation set in motion a pathway to pardon all individuals with simple possession of marijuana offenses in violation of the Controlled Substances Act (U.S.C.844) or in violation of D.C. Code 48–904.01(d)(1). In response, NASADAD developed a fact sheet for State alcohol and drug agencies, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About President Joe Biden’s Proclamation to Pardon Simple Marijuana Offenses, that explores answers to common questions around the timeline for pardons, what does receiving a presidential pardon entail, who does this proclamation apply to, and more.
Join the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CoE-IHS) for a webinar on State Integrated Models: Hub and Spoke and Bridge Models, on Thursday, October 27, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET as we explore two states models that integrate recovery support services. Experts from the States of California and Tennessee will present their innovative CA Bridge Program and Tennessee Hub and Spoke Model. Read more about these integration approaches in our new issue brief, State Models for Addressing Opioid Use Disorders: Recovery Support in Integrated Care Settings.
Data indicates that nearly 75% of the nation’s 91,799 drug overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids, a shift that is consistent with trends indicating a worsening drug overdose epidemic. As the epidemic evolves, states have sought more effective solutions to reduce and treat opioid use disorders (OUD) and prevent overdose.
Integrated care models offer an effective solution; a research-based approach to manage chronic conditions like OUD, enhancing access to care and ensuring clients receive individualized services. OUD is a chronic relapsing condition that necessitates integrated forms of health and social service provisions to improve continuity of care.
Registration is available here.
NASADAD has developed an interactive map showing the impact of State Targeted Response (STR) & State Opioid Response (STR) grants.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) previously funded the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (STR) grant and currently funds its successor, the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant, to address the opioid crisis. SOR funding can be used to support evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for opioid and stimulant misuse and use disorders.
To understand how grant recipients have used these funds, NASADAD developed state and territorial -specific briefs that describe highlights of each state alcohol and drug agency’s use of STR/SOR funds across the continuum of care. Thematic briefs were also developed to analyze common strategies and services states have implemented for opioid and stimulant misuse and use disorders using STR/SOR funding.
On September 8, 2022, NASADAD hosted a virtual event including remarks from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Opioid Response Network (ORN), and Single State Agency (SSA) Directors, who presented on SOR-funded initiatives and shared their impact.
- Opioid Response Network (ORN)
- NASADAD – Interactive Map
- New Mexico Human Services Department Behavioral Health Services Division
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services
Substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide, with commitment and support, those impacted can embark on a journey of improved health and overall wellness. The focus of Recovery Month each September is to celebrate all people that make the journey of recovery possible by embracing the tagline, “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” Recovery Month spreads the message that people can and do recover every day.
The impact of substance use disorders is apparent in States, and more than 100,000 died of a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending in March 2022. Through Recovery Month, people become more aware and able to recognize the signs of substance use disorders and co-occurring diseases and encourage people in need of recovery services to seek help. Managing the effects of these conditions helps individuals achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically, and emotionally. The Recovery Month observance continues to work to improve the lives of those affected by substance use disorders by raising awareness and educating communities about the effective services that are available.
NASADAD’s members serve as the lead agency in each State or jurisdiction responsible for managing federal funds dedicated to addressing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery. This month, our Members wear purple to celebrate recovery and promote awareness of substance use disorder issues. NASADAD is grateful for the work all of our members do in their States and jurisdictions to support recovery every day of the year.
September 7, 2022 – Recovery Rally Happens, Sacramento, CA
September 13, 2022 – National Opioid and Substance Awareness Day (NOSAD)
September 14, 2022 – Recovery Policy Scholars Visit SAMHSA
September 16, 2022 – National Recovery Agenda Preview and Panel Discussion
September 16, 2022 – Mobilize Recovery Bus Tour Across America
September 30, 2022 – Young Adults in Recovery – Making Small Choices, Every Day
August 31 marks International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) each year. IOAD is the world’s largest annual campaign to remember those we’ve lost to overdose, acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind, and renew our commitment to end overdose and related harms. The campaign spreads the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is preventable. The goals of IOAD are:
- To provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn loved ones.
- To send a strong message to people who use drugs and people in recovery that they are valued.
- To inform people around the world about the risk of drug overdose.
- To provide basic information on the range of support services that are available.
- To prevent and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based practice.
The White House
On August 26, President Joseph Biden issued A Proclamation on Overdose Awareness Week, 2022 recognizing August 28-September 3, 2022, as Overdose Awareness Week. In the Proclamation, he calls upon “citizens, Government agencies, civil society organizations, healthcare providers, and research institutions to raise awareness of substance use disorder to combat stigmatization, to promote treatment and celebrate recovery, and to strengthen our collective efforts to prevent overdose deaths.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
CAPT Jeffrey A. Coady, Psy.D., ABPP, Acting Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and SAMHSA Region 5 Administrator recognizes IOAD with a new blog post on Preventing Overdose and Death. In the post, Dr. Coady reiterates SAMHSA/CSAP’s commitment to “prevention strategies to prevent or delay the use and misuse of substances, as well as efforts to support States and communities to develop comprehensive prevention programs to educate the public about the dangers of sharing medications, raises awareness among pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing, and implements overdose death prevention strategies, such as naloxone distribution and the purchase of naloxone for first responders.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Overdose Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is marking IOAD with the release of two new articles, showing the latest trends on drug overdose in the United States.
- A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) analyzes emergency medical services (EMS) data and highlights trends in nonfatal opioid-involved overdoses. This report identifies disparities in overdose rates by patient and county characteristics and provides strategies on what can be done to decrease overdose.
- An up-to-date CDC’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) COVID-19 data brief describes overarching COVID-19-related themes that may have contributed to increased overdose deaths during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the identified themes, this brief gives examples of prevention approaches that can be used in future public health emergencies to help reduce overdose deaths.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the FDA Overdose Prevention Framework. According to the FDA, there are four priorities designed to complement the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Overdose Prevention Strategy and ONDCP’s National Drug Control Strategy. The four priorities within the FDA Overdose Prevention Framework are:
- Supporting primary prevention by eliminating unnecessary initial prescription drug exposure and inappropriate prolonged prescribing.
- Encouraging harm reduction through innovation and education.
- Advancing development of evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders.
- Protecting the public from unapproved, diverted, or counterfeit drugs presenting overdose risks.
NASADAD recognizes and thanks all of our Members for their dedication and commitment to reducing overdoses in their State.
For more information about IOAD, visit https://www.overdoseday.com/.
Alcohol use is one of the leading public health concerns for State alcohol and drug agencies in the United States. In 2020, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 50% (or 138.5 million people) of all people drank alcohol in the last month. Adults aged 26 and older made up the age with the highest reported use (54.6% or 119.2 million), followed by people aged 18-25 years old (51.5% or 17.2 million), and then adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old (8.2% or 2.1 million people).
State alcohol and drug agency leaders are working to address this challenge through initiatives related to prevention, treatment, and recovery. State Directors provide leadership by promoting standards of care, evidence-based services, and continuous quality improvement innovations. State Directors also ensure public dollars are dedicated to programs that work through performance data management and reporting, contract monitoring, corrective action planning, on site-reviews, and technical assistance.
This fact sheet dives into the current landscape of alcohol use, emergency room/motor vehicle accidents, impact of COVID-19, benefits of prevention, benefits of treatment and recovery, and key federal programs related to alcohol.
The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant, housed within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a federal block grant distributed by formula to all States, Territories, and jurisdictions. The SAPT Block Grant supports States to “plan, implement, and evaluate activities that prevent and treat substance [use]” (SAMHSA, 2022). The SAPT Block Grant was last reauthorized in the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255) in December 2016. The authorization applied through 2022. As a result, Congress is considering legislation to reauthorize the program through 2027.
The SAPT Block Grant serves as the cornerstone of States’ substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery systems. State alcohol and drug agencies play a pivotal role in applying and receiving funds to distribute to counties, local communities, and providers. The funds are dedicated to help implement evidenced-based programming. States oversee the funds through tools such as performance data management/reporting, contract monitoring, corrective action planning, onsite reviews, and technical assistance. States are required to spend 20% of SAPT Block Grant funds on primary prevention strategies. In addition, the SAPT Block Grant by statute is designed to serve priority populations and service areas such as:
• Pregnant women and women with dependent children
• People who use intravenous drugs
• Tuberculosis services
• Early intervention services for HIV/AIDS
This fact sheet is a “living document” and will continue to be updated as legislation progresses through Congress.
Please reach out to Lacy Adams (Ladams@nasadad.org) with any questions.
The Ramstad/Kennedy Award was established in 2008 to recognize an SSA Director who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of recovery and Recovery Month and to acknowledge Congressmen Ramstad and Kennedy for their commitment to recovery and recovery-oriented policies. The Award will be presented on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, as part of the NASADAD Quarterly Board Meeting.
To nominate an SSA director, please refer to the criteria below, and complete and return the application form by 11:59 pm (ET), Tuesday, September 6, 2022.