NNLM Reading Club: Substance Misuse

NNLM Reading Club: Substance Misuse


Topic: Substance Misuse
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Substance Misuse

Several National Health Observances (NHOs) throughout the year remind us to talk about substance misuse and addiction disorders. However, any day, week, or month is an opportunity to increase public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recognizes one week each year as National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), a health observance linking teens to science-based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs.

​Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors ​​National Prevention Week in May.

In September, National Recovery Month celebrates the people who have recovered and encourages others.


MedlinePlus

Use MedlinePlus to find information on substances that may be misused, including these examples:

Find Opioid Misuse and Addiction information in multiple languages.


Fact Sheets

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Comic E-Pubs

Sample page from People Recover Comic E-Pub

People Recover (36 pages PDF)

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Treatment and Recovery

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration logo is a substance use online locator that has information on thousands of state-licensed providers who specialize in treating substance use disorders, addiction, and mental illness.

Prescription Disposal

In April and October every year, the U.S. Department of Justice reminds us to dispose properly of all unused prescriptions on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. ​To locate a drop-off site, Google Maps has an enhanced feature to help you. Here's how to use it:

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  1. On a computer, phone, or another device, visit google.com/maps
  2. Type "drug disposal near me" in the search bar

The tool will show nearby government, health care facilities, and pharmacy drop-off locations. To learn more, visit New Maps Feature Makes Drug Disposal Easier and Safer.

Videos

Strengthen your social media presence and help spread the word. Embed the Drugs of Abuse videos by Learn. Genetics, which cover a range of substances including cocaine, meth, and nicotine, or this video from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.


Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that damages the liver. It usually is spread when blood from a person infected with the hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to prepare or inject drugs. Because opioid and drug misuse has profound economic and health consequences on Americans, including a marked increase in acute hepatitis C infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges Hepatitis Awareness Month every year in May with their campaign, ​Know More Hepatitis.

VIRAL HEPATITIS. ARE YOU AT RISK? Take this online assessment to see if you're at risk.Take Action

Library Skills Training

The following opportunities can help you learn more.

  • National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge. Take the quiz
  • Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where Do I Begin? (Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), October 16, 2020) An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This recording will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. You also will learn how to discuss many of these resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs in your library or organization. This 1 hour, online training is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators, and healthcare professionals.​
  • Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an interactive training that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. Pathways begins with a 7-minute video that provides background on the principles of health literacy, patient communication, and opioid-related ADEs that are addressed in the training. Pathways takes about an hour to complete.

There's an NIH for that

Book: Blackout
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Blackout

A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, Blackout is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure – the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It’s about giving up the thing you cherish most – but getting yourself back in return.ebook icon Audio book icon

New York Times Bestseller

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget | Sarah Hepola | Grand Central Publishing | 2015 | 256 pages | ISBN: 978-1455554577

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Sarah Hepola’s writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Glamour, Slate, Guardian, and Salon, where she was a longtime editor. She has worked as a music critic, travel writer, film reviewer, sex blogger, beauty columnist, and high school English teacher. She lives in Dallas.

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Book: Dreamland
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The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive - extremely addictive - miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin - cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Introducing a memorable cast of character - pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents - Sam Quinones, an acclaimed journalist with the storytelling ability of a novelist, weaves the tale of this catastrophic collision of events.ebook icon Audio book icon

Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction | Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015 | Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (Politico) Favorite Book of the Year | Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (Bloomberg/WSJ) Best Books of 2015

Dreamland (Young Adult Edition) | Sam Quinones | Bloomsbury | 2019 | 224 pages | ISBN: 978-1547601318 | Ages 12 and up

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A reporter for almost 30 years, Quinones lived and worked as a freelance writer in Mexico from 1994 to 2004. He spent time with gang members and governors, taco vendors and Los Tigres del Norte. He wrote about soap operas, and he lived briefly in a drug-rehabilitation clinic in Zamora, while hanging out with a street gang. He did the same with a colony of transvestites in Mazatlan, with the merchants in the Mexico City neighborhood of Tepito, and with the relegated PRI congressmen known as the Bronx. He hung out with the promoters of Tijuana's opera scene and with the makers of plaster statues of Mickey Mouse and Spiderman in that city's Colonia Libertad. In 1998, he received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, and Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2008, for a career of excellence in reporting about Latin America. He returned to the United States in 2004 to take a job with the LA Times, where for 10 years he wrote stories about immigrants, street gangs, drug trafficking, and marijuana growers in Northern California.

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Book: Hey, Kiddo
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In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery; Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents, two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction and finding the art that helps you survive.ebook icon Audio book icon

A National Book Award Finalist - All Iowa Reads

Hey, Kiddo | Jarrett J Krosoczka | Graphix | 2018 | 320 pages | ISBN: 978-0545902489 | Young Adult

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a finalist for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. He has delivered two TED Talks, which have collectively accrued more than two million views online. Krosoczka has been featured on NPR and can be heard weekly on The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a show focusing on books, authors, and reading. His Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, and Platypus Police Squad series are all currently in development for film. Krosoczka lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank.

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