October 29, 2015
Vote for Your Local ADAMH Levy on November 3rd
Next Tuesday, November 3, 2015, voters from across Ohio will go to their local voting locations where they will vote to consider supporting local Alcohol, Drug, Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board levies. If you vote in the following Board areas, we encourage to support your local levy. The Board areas are: Allen, Auglaize, Hardin; Ashland; Belmont; Clermont; Columbiana; Franklin; Licking, Knox; Madison; Mahoning; Marion; Perry; and Richland.
Empowering Prescribers to Prevent Opiate Abuse
On Tuesday, Governor John R. Kasich announced a plan to invest up to 1.5 million dollars annually to help integrate the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) directly into electronic medical records and pharmacy dispensing systems across the state, allowing instant access for prescribers and pharmacists. This will help pharmacists be more aware of patient records and create more cohesiveness between clinicians and pharmaceutical providers. For more information, click here.
Antipsychotics Use among Older Adults
A recent study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that adults over the age of 65 are more frequently prescribed anti-psychotic medication, especially as age increases. In 2009, of the adults aged 70 years and older that were prescribed anti-psychotic medicine, only 20% percent of them had an actual mental health diagnosis before receiving medication. For more details, click here.
Recovery Is Beautiful Highlight
A new story is now available on the Recovery is Beautiful website! In this story, Stan, a person in recovery, converses about how his past struggles can be now used as an asset. Stan goes on to explain how he has found a deeper appreciation for life, which involves supporting others along their recovery path. To read Stan’s story, click here.