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SAMSHA Findings

Samsha - the substance use and mental health  services administration has become recharged since the passage of the 20th Centuries Cures Act a couple of years ago. Under the inspired leadership of Elinore F. McCance-Katz MD, PhD, the agency has methodically studied many facets of drug abuse and mental illness and is developing substantive information on the efficacy of different methods.  

The graph pictured here is featured on page 39 of a series of  a recently released set of charts and graphs. The first charts deal primarily with SUD - substance use disorder and  report findings on substance use by age group, geography, and type of drug being abused, and information about treatment.  The next set of charts detail various types of mental illnesses the agency follows.. For more information, and to see these many charts yourself, go to  

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017. (the slide highlighted here is page 39 of the slide show.)

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News from Johns Hopkins: Physical Evidence In The Brain for Types of Schizophrenia

In a study using brain tissue from deceased human donors, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they found new evidence that schizophrenia can be marked by the buildup of abnormal proteins similar to those found in the brains of people with such neurodegenerative disorders as Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s diseases.

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ADVANCES IN NEUROLOGICAL RESEARCH

More proof #schizophrenia should be reclassified as a neurological condition, not as "behavioral health." It requires medical intervention to control symptoms and help the patient achieve some improved quality of life. Schizophrenia has been called juvenile onset demential -- we don't send alzheimers patients to prison. 

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ABOUT GRIEF

When  dealing with loss, we may find ourselves confused or forgetful. Now scientists are learning why.


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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -- SAMHSA

An invaluable resource for all of us. They may be able to guide you to a treatment program such as for suicide awareness,  intervention after a psychotic episode, or finding treatment for an opioid addiction

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THE TREATMENT ADVOCACY CENTER

TAC is an organization whose sole purpose is to advocate for better treatment for people with serious mental illness. Their site will lead you to info on getting treatment and/or the latest legislation. You can sign up to receive their weekly newsletter and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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