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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2009, Volume 17, Number 5 

If You’re Pregnant, Don’t Drink Alcohol

At the 10th annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day on September 9, 2009, providers, advocates, and SAMHSA staff and grantees came together to discuss the consequences of drinking alcohol while pregnant.

More importantly, the event focused on how to best help those who have an FASD and how to reach at-risk women of childbearing age to inform them that no amount of alcohol is safe to drink while pregnant.

Logo for SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence—click to visit Web site

“Advances in knowledge about FASD are significant,” said Frances M. Harding, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, in her opening remarks. “We have interventions and programs—what we need is more awareness among doctors and patients.”

FASD Center for Excellence

SAMHSA is working hard to spread the word about FASD and drinking while pregnant. The FASD Center for Excellence provides funding in four different categories:

  • Diagnosis and Intervention
  • Parent-Child Assistance Program
  • Screening and Brief Intervention
  • Project CHOICES.

In addition, the center’s Web site offers 90,000 resources in its database and a special Native Initiative. The site also is fully navigable in Spanish.

More publications, including fact sheets and an illustrated book for children ages 8 to 15, will be available in the coming months.

According to the center, FASD affects an estimated 40,000 babies every year in the United States.

For more information, visit SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence. You can also call 1-866-STOPFAS (1-866-786-7327) to speak to an information specialist.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience

Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience




  Treatment Updates  
Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

A set of guidelines for use of effective medications, such as naltrexone.

Guidance for Change

Guidance for Change

Substance abuse treatment programs: Here’s a way to integrate evidence-based practices into their services.

Treating Opioid Addiction

Treating Opioid Addiction

Three new educational brochures for patients on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available.


  Suicide Awareness  
Dealing with Suicide Loss

Dealing with Suicide Loss

To help support survivors of suicide loss, a new guide for funeral directors.

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Nearly 8.3 million adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.


  Grants  
Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Millions of dollars in SAMHSA funding is heading to state and community programs.

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Boost your chances of crafting a winning grant proposal by following an expert’s advice.


  Communications  
Highlights of Recent Conference

Highlights of Recent Conference

New ways to engage partners and the public in improving health through an ongoing dialogue.

Strategic Communications Framework

Public health practice aligns with evidence-based communications to help establish “a common language.”


  Recovery Month  
Recovery Month Launched

Recovery Month Launched

20th anniversary events across the country marked this year’s celebrations, which included a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo Gallery

SAMHSA’s Dr. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, joined other VIPs to celebrate.


  New Survey Data  
National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

Among 12- to 17-year-olds, a significant decline was reported in past-month illicit drug use.


  Prevention Update  
FASD Awareness Day

FASD Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day emphasized the message, “If you’re pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.”


  Special Populations  

Hispanics

An annual average of 2.6 million Hispanics age 12 or older needed alcohol use treatment in the past year.

American Indians

A recent report examines the 335 identified facilities serving the American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2007.

Race and Ethnicity

New data focus on the need for treatment for substance use and depression among adults age 18 or older by race/ethnicity.


  Also in this Issue  
Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Of the 28.8 million adults who received mental health treatment in the past year, about 5.5 percent also received support from a self-help group.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Categories for this year’s awards to 27 organizations included substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services, and more.

GlassBook Project

GlassBook Project

Trauma awareness through art was the topic of a recent presentation as part of SAMHSA’s Consumer Affairs Seminar Series.



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