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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the overall rate of current drug use among Americans, 12 and older, has gradually increased over the past 13 years, from 8.3% in 2002 to 10.1% in 2015; an increase of 22%. The 2018 Fiscal Year budget request of $27.8 billion will go towards drug control efforts including prevention, treatment, and law enforcement. More specifically, $12.1 billion will go towards treatment and prevention efforts, while the rest of the budget request will be allocated towards law enforcement, interdiction, and international initiatives.

For more information, visit www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp 
View the budget in full here.

 

4/2/17 Daily Hampshire Gazette article addresses marijuana and the teen brain.

 

Marijuana and the brain: What do we know? 

http://www.gazettenet.com/Your-brain-on-drugs-9053667  

 

By: Sarah Toy

 

The SADD Jr. students at White Brook Middle School made TV ads showing ways to stay healthy this Spring 2017:

https://vimeo.com/208863011
https://vimeo.com/208862232
https://vimeo.com/208863484

 

5/30/17 The MA state laws on alcohol are outdated and complicated and while it's useful to update them, those concerned about youth access issues want to be sure protecting youth is still a top priority when considering changes to current regulations.
 

3/27/17 Daily Hampshire Gazette article discusses the current opioid crisis and medication-assisted treatment.

 

Opioids Crisis: Despite controvery, medication-assisted treatment is one path to recovery 

http://www.gazettenet.com/opioids-8729896

 

By Lynn Macdonald