Policy Issues & Resources: Substance Use Disorders
Although first recognized as a disease in 1956 by the American Medical Association, until recently, little progress has been made in understanding and managing addiction as a chronic health condition. Addiction affects millions of individuals and families every year, yet it is often undiagnosed or ignored, resulting in incredible costs; the annual combined costs incurred by health care, lost productivity, and crime related to untreated addiction have been estimated at $365 billion. In a recent survey, 63% of those polled said addiction had an impact on their lives, and for most the addiction was among a family member.
The National Council will continue its efforts to ensure that prevention and treatment services for addictions are covered by public and private payers similarly to other chronic conditions.
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- Addictions News Now Features Grant Opportunities, Research, Addictions Issues in the News
- National Council Invites Applications for a Co-Occurring Disorder Learning Community
- Affordable Care Act Prevention Grants Will Support SBIRT, Tobacco Cessation
- National Council Comments to SAMHSA on a Modern Addictions and Mental Health System
- National Council/NAMI Comments to SSA on Disability Determinations and Substance Use Disorders
- The National Council signed onto a letter requesting that funding for the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities State Grants program be restored.
- The National Council signed onto a letter supporting the elimination of the ban on federal funding for syringe exchange programs.
- National Council signed onto a Letter supporting an Increase in Taxes on Alcohol.
- National Council Joins More Than 200 Groups on Letter to Congress Supporting Increased SAPT Block Grant Funding in 2008.
- Letter to Senator Harkin requesting increased funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant in 2007.
- National Council report on Substance Use Disorders and the Person-Centered Health Care Home
- Impact of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders on State Budgets Fact Sheet
- Federal mental health, drug and alcohol prevention, treatment and research funding, FY 2008-2010
- Support $150 million increase for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant
- Center for Science in the Public Interest Fact Sheet on the Impact of Increasing Taxes on Alcohol
- Substance Use and Child Welfare
- Preventing and Treating Substance Use Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach
- Access to Treatment for Justice Involved Individuals
- State by State Listing of Alcohol Taxes
- Funding for Addictions Prevention, Treatment, and Research Programs in President Bush's FY 09 Proposed Budget
- October 19-25 Named Drug-Free Work Week; Toolkits and Resources Available Online
- On July 21 the National Council will co-sponsor a briefing hosted by the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus on "How and Why Community-Based Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Problems Work."
- Online SBIRT Training for Trauma Centers
- SAMHSA Report on Addiction Funding for Each State
- Study Finds Investing $1 in Addiction Prevention Strategies Could Save $10 in Societal Costs
- NIAAA Creates Website to Assess & Address Drinking Risks
- Recording and Presentation from National Council Live on Advances in Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
- National Council Live on How State Policies Influence Substance Use Treatment: Focus on Naltrexone Adoption
- Click Here for Additional Resources on Substance Use Disorders