WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials see some improvement in national substance abuse trends, but also some concerns.
Among the data they find encouraging in the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health is a decline in prescription drug abuse, from seven million people in 2010 to just over six million last year. But White House drug policy director Gil Kerlikowske says the findings are mixed. He says the survey shows "steady progress" but also "a troubling picture in the rise of heroin use." He says it's "a trend that warrants close monitoring and concerted action."
Binge drinking also went up. Health and Human Services substance abuse chief Pamela Hyde says more than 20 million Americans, or eight percent, were classified with substance dependence or abuse.
Hyde calls it "a huge public health issue." She says behavioral health conditions lead to more deaths than HIV-AIDS, traffic accidents and breast cancer combined.
200-a-12-(Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee), director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, at news conference)-"and concerted action"-White House drug control chief Gil Kerlikowske says the findings from the 2011 survey are mixed, with a possible shift from abuse of prescription drugs to heroin. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (24 Sep 2012)
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199-a-14-(Pamela Hyde, administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, at news conference)-"people in 2011"-Pamela Hyde, the Health and Human Services Department's substance abuse and mental health chief, says there are some encouraging data about prescription drug abuse. (24 Sep 2012)
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