Blog Entries - 2016

City of Columbus joins other central Ohio cities to raise minimum age to purchase tobacco

Posted on: December 13, 2016 10:30 am

Columbus City Council voted Monday night to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco. Starting in September 2017, Individuals hoping to purchase tobacco or tobacco products will have to be 21.  "Ninety-five percent of smokers start before age 21. So if

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Zweizig joins ADAPAO Board

Posted on: November 29, 2016 4:00 pm

Veteran prevention professional and ADAPAO member Holly Zweizig has been appointed to the Association's Board of Directors with a term ending in 2019. Holly is a graduate of the John Glen College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and

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New overtime rule put on pause...for now

Posted on: November 29, 2016 10:30 am

A federal district judge in Texas has filed an preliminary injunction which blocks the process of the new U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) overtime rule.  The rule would raise the existing salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year and was to go

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MLK project grants available

Posted on: November 29, 2016 10:00 am

ServeOhio, in conjunction with Honda of America and AEP Ohio, have made available mini-grants to support service projects on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16, 2017. Grants range from $500 to $1000 and can be used to support opportunities to create or

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OhioMHAS seeks information on evidence-based SUD/MH co-occurring disorders in Youth

Posted on: November 29, 2016 9:00 am

Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has released a RFI (request for information) seeking feedback on evidence-based practices across Ohio designed to address substance use (SUD) or mental health (MH) or co-occurring SUD/MH disorders in

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Product Recall: Nasal atomizer for Naloxone administration (#MAD300)

Posted on: November 7, 2016 8:00 am

Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has been notified of a product recall for the #MAD300 nasal atomizer produced by Teleflex Medical. The atomizer is most associated with Naloxone administration used in the event of an Opiate

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Ohio AG forms committee to study drug use prevention education in schools

Posted on: October 17, 2016 1:00 pm

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with state congressional leaders, formed a join study committee to examine the status of and issue recommendations for drug use prevention education in Ohio schools. Marcie Seidel from Drug Free Action

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Inaugural youth prevention honorees announced

Posted on: October 17, 2016 1:00 pm

ADAPAO will recognize three Ohio young people and a youth-serving organization for their commitment to prevention alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse and other behavioral health issues. The inaugural ADAPAO Youth Prevention Awards will be presented at the

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Law change around prevention credential

Posted on: October 13, 2016 2:00 pm

On September 28, 2016, House Bill 230 took effect. As part of the bill, the prevention credential was re-designed to more accurately reflect the current professional make up of the field. Among the various changes, the titles and visual presentation of the

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CARA passes U.S. Senate

Posted on: March 18, 2016 11:00 am

By a margin of 94-1, the U.S. Senate has passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bill aimed at expanding treatment and prevention initiatives in the United States. CARA includes a focus on opioids, from increased support for

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NPN announces call for presentation proposals

Posted on: March 18, 2016 9:00 am

The National Prevention Network is accepting presentation proposals for its 29th annual conference, to be held September 13-15, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.

Application information is available at

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CDC releases prescribing opioids and chronic pain guidelines

Posted on: March 17, 2016 10:00 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The Guideline provides twelve recommendations for primary care clinicians about the appropriate

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NIDA releases online guide for early childhood prevention

Posted on: March 14, 2016 4:00 pm

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has released "Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood," an online guide outlining key factors and research-based practices for the prevention of substance abuse and other behavioral and behavioral

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NIH study: Marijuana use disorder is common in U.S.

Posted on: March 11, 2016 9:00 am

Marijuana use disorder is common in the United States, is often associated with other substance use disorders, behavioral problems, and disability, and goes largely untreated, according to a new study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and

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Marijuana use linked to other substance use disorder risk

Posted on: February 22, 2016 9:00 am

Marijuana smokers may be much more likely to develop addiction to alcohol and other drugs than those who do not use marijuana, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study featured interviews with almost 35,000 adults 18 and

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Opioid doses and prescriptions declining in Ohio

Posted on: February 9, 2016 10:20 am

Opioid prescribing in Ohio continued to decline in 2015, according to a newly released report from the State Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). In 2015, the total doses of opioids dispensed to Ohio patients decreased to 701

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SAMHSA releases 2015 BH Barometer

Posted on: February 5, 2016 12:00 pm

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released its 2015 Behavioral Health Barometer, addressing a range of behavioral health care issues from substance abuse to mental illness. The BH Barometer includes national data, as well

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President Proposes Funding Boost for Opioid Treatment

Posted on: February 4, 2016 3:00 pm

In his FY 2017 budget, President Obama is recommending a $1.1 billion investment in opioid treatment initiatives. The funding includes initiatives to expand medication assisted treatment, as well as provide better evaluation of the effectiveness of medication

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Longmeier takes helm at PGNO

Posted on: February 4, 2016 9:00 am

The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) Board of Directors has appointed Derek Longmeier as executive director of the statewide organization. Longmeier is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist II with a long volunteer and professional history

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CVS making naloxone available without prescription

Posted on: February 3, 2016 5:30 pm

National drug store chain CVS has announced that its pharmacy locations in Ohio will begin making naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medicine, available without a prescription as of late March. "Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid

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IC&RC: New prevention study guide

Posted on: January 20, 2016 9:00 am

The International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) has announced the availability of a new -- and free -- Prevention Study Guide for candidates preparing for their IC&RC Prevention Specialist exam. The Rhode Island Prevention

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GCOAT releases acute pain prescribing guidelines

Posted on: January 19, 2016 4:00 pm

As part of an ongoing series of guidelines addressing the prescribing of opioid medications, the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team has released prescribing guidelines for outpatient management of patients with acute pain.  The guidelines encourage

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ADAPAO hosting membership meeting at OPEC

Posted on: January 19, 2016 1:00 pm

Members and other participants are invited to the ADAPAO Membership Meeting at the Ohio Promoting Wellness & Recovery Conference (OPEC) on the evening of Monday, June 27. The specific time and content for the meeting will be announced closer to the

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CDC releases draft chronic pain opioid guidelines

Posted on: January 15, 2016 4:00 pm

The focus on the role of opioid prescribing in the nation's prescription drug and heroin crisis continues with the release of draft guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC web page features the guidelines and additional information.

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Ohio legislators form marijuana task force

Posted on: January 15, 2016 9:00 am

With the overwhelming failure of Issue 3, the proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution, in November, 2015, the conversation around marijuana legalization has moved back to the concept of legalizing marijuana as "medicine." As a result, Ohio legislators have

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Rx disposal funds available

Posted on: January 8, 2016 2:00 pm

From Cardinal Health: Cardinal Health and the Generation Rx program are now accepting applications for the Generation Rx Medication Disposal Grant Program. Since 2009, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested over $4.7 million in partnerships and grants

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Collins joins Clark, Greene, Madison MHR Board

Posted on: January 7, 2016 8:00 am

Dr. Tammy Collins has joined the staff of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Clark, Greene & Madison Counties. Collins is the new Director of Prevention & Community Engagement and will be working with providers, coalitions and the

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SAMHSA seeking NREPP feedback

Posted on: January 6, 2016 4:00 pm

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality is seeking feedback on the launch of a new endeavor at the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). In

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