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2019 Florida Substance Abuse Trends... Alert

October 26, 2019  DEA Drug Take Back

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Alcohol and Pregnancy- CDC

Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), which are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime

Attorney General Moody Outlaws Gas Station Heroin in Florida


Tianeptine is banned in several other states including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee due to the highly addictive nature and severe withdrawal symptoms. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, tianeptine is abused for its euphoric properties similar to other opioids, such as heroin. Severe adverse health effects, including respiratory depression, severe sedation and death have occurred from misuse.

5 Things Everyone (Parents, children, grandparents, employees, business owners....) should know about Delta-8

Do you know the Signs of Drug Abuse?

Knowledge and  an objective assessments are the key to identifying drug abuse.

Drive Baked, Get Busted

Marijuana's side-effects include slower reaction time, tunnel vision, impaired thought process, paranoia... does this sound safe?  Not only is it dangers for the driver but what about the innocent families on our roads!  Don't Drive STONED!

Fentanyl Overdoses on the Rise

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States.

Flakka Documentary
2020 MADD Townhall

For more information on marijuana at Drug Free America Foundation
Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

One Pill Can Kill

DEA Warns that Pills Purchased Outside of a Licensed Pharmacy are Illegal, Dangerous, and Potentially Deadly 

Learn how to identify counterfeit drugs. 

Rx, DEA, deadly
Opioid Prevention Tool Kit Opioid

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Tampa District Office, recently launched the DEA 360 Strategy in Tampa Bay using a comprehensive approach to tackle the cycle of violence and addiction generated by the link between drug cartels, violent gangs, and the rising problem of prescription opioid, heroin and fentanyl abuse in U.S. cities.

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Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products
Pill Card Fact Sheet

Photos and information on Prescription Drugs that are abused, side-effects, how to identify abuse or potential overdose.

Contact HCADA for more information

Think marijuana and suicide aren't connected- Read the Truth

"Makes you wonder what is happening? And we have seen the teen suicide rate going up across the country," Genen said.

In the past three years, teen suicide in Colorado rose from 12.9 to 20.4 deaths per 100,000 adolescents ages 15-19, according to the report. Overall, that rate put Colorado as the sixth worst state.

Nationally, the teen suicide rate is up 25 percent. Colorado's 2019 rate is nearly double that nationwide, 20.4 compared to 10.5

Teen Warning Signs

Mental Health


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