Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


Sheriffs: We can’t ‘arrest our way out of’ the rural drug problem

January 20, 2021 By Hannah Pagel

Across the nation’s over 3,000 counties, opioid misuse continues to pose a challenge for county justice and health departments, with 130 Americans dying of an opioid overdose daily, according to the National Association of Counties. But the full extent of the rural drug problem doesn’t stop there; it’s impacting families as well as those who work in border control, health departments, sheriffs, and criminal justice systems.


Ever Considered Narcan Training? Now Is the Time to Act

January 20, 2021 By Kayla Hui

Increased naloxone (Narcan) access and training is a key tool for preventing overdose deaths.

Naloxone is a fast-acting opioid antagonist. This means it can reverse and block the effects of an opioid overdose. It comes in the form of an injection or a nasal spray, both of which are easy to use after a quick training.


How public health ads that incite fear can backfire

January 16, 2021 By Eric Berger & Kaiser Health News

Marketing experts say public health advertising often falls short because it incites people’s worst fears rather than providing clear steps viewers can take to save lives.


In some communities, serious opioid intervention starts in adolescence. And experts say it works

January 15, 2021 By Frank Rupnik

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario have been located in ten locations across the province since February 2017. These one-stop shops for youth between the ages of 12 to 25 deal with a wide range of issues that can lead to addiction if unaddressed.


As drug overdoses rise with the pandemic, two studies show addiction medication can save lives

January 15, 2021 By Aubrey Whelan

Two new studies funded by the National Institutes of Health show how expanding access to medications that treat addiction has become crucial in fighting America’s overdose crisis, which recently broke a record for the most drug deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period.


A Charleston task force has changed how first responders talk about opioid addiction

January 13, 2021 By Sam Spence

The premise is simple: Bring agency leaders to the table and create systems to communicate what they’re seeing. Where are more people overdosing? How can we respond?


Finally, Medications That May Help People Addicted To Meth

January 13, 2021 By Martha Bebinger

The results are particularly important now, says Volkow, when the latest CDC figures indicate deaths tied to meth use increased 35% in one year.


Can Exercise Be the Salvation From Substance Abuse?

January 10, 2021 By Dr. Mehmet Oz and Scott Strode

Addiction traps sufferers in perpetual darkness. The road to recovery can be long and lonely and the struggle to find light at the end of the tunnel daunting. Combine these feelings of hopelessness with the social isolation and the uncertainty of a global pandemic, and you have a perfect storm of despair.


Be aware of the language you use with substance abuse disorders

January 9, 2021 By Guida Brown

Language matters. We know that how we talk about substance use in our everyday lives has an impact on how likely a person is to seek and successfully complete treatment. We can save lives just by changing our language. Seriously.


For one woman in recovery, staying sober during a pandemic has been a lesson in resilience

January 6, 2021 By Catharine Richert

As Heather Russell prepared for the coronavirus winter, instead of focusing on drinking, she focused on resilience — and on building new habits.

She made sure to get good sleep. She started exercising — she even ran her first 5K race. And she threw herself into her work at an outpatient family clinic, where she assists patients who come in with concerns they have COVID-19.