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The dashboard includes state-level and county level information on 1999-2015 opioid-related deaths based on Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics data. This tool has provided us the information that can help pinpoint areas in need of opioid prevention, intervention, and treatment services. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released opioid courses in the forms of program modules called TRAIN. The program is designed to educate the public on opioids and ways to reduce the risks of opioids. 

Cigarette smoking has dropped so sharply among American teenagers that vaping and marijuana use are now more common, according to a national survey of adolescent drug use released Thursday. The report found that 22.9 percent of high school seniors said they had used marijuana within the previous 30 days and 16.6 percent had used a vaping device. Only 9.7 percent had smoked cigarettes.

With the increase of deaths due to opioids (over 300,000 since 2000) the Trump administration has declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency. This will allow the administration to more readily tackle the problem of substance abuse in America by expanding access to telemedicine services, opening the Department of Health and Human Services to make temporary appointments of specialists, and more. 

A new study from the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital has aimed to estimate the number of Americans who have had a drug or alcohol problem. According to their report almost half of respondents who had reported a previous problem overcame it without assistance. Furthermore only 46% of those who were successful in overcoming their problem said they were "in recovery."

A Pew survey conducted in august found that 46% of Americans have a friend or family member with a current or past addiction. This finding showed no particular increase or decrease when broken down by race or political leanings. There was a notable decrease in people over 65 and in those with post graduate degree.