April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the Iowa Department of Public Health wants to remind you there is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”. Click "Read More" to access prevention resources, learn how alcohol impacts Iowans, and find local prevention and treatment professionals near you.
Did you know that 90.2% of Adult Iowans have gambled in their lifetime and that 45.8% have gambled in the past 30 days? March is Problem Gambling Awareness month, and for approximately 13.6% of Adult Iowans, they have experienced a sign or symptom of problem gambling in the past year.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five American adults and children will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime and 90 percent of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and thoughts of suicide can impact anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicidal thoughts should not be ignored and often indicate a more serious illness. Help and hope is available.
Iowa has experienced a 38% increase in methamphetamine treatment admissions over the past four years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant. When people stop taking it, withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, fatigue, severe depression, psychosis, and intense drug cravings.
Each year, approximately 30,000 Iowans experience a brain injury that results in a visit to an emergency department, admission to a hospital or death. Traumatic brain injuries, sometimes called concussions, are commonly caused by a fall, motor vehicle crash, assault or a sports injury, and can sometimes go undiagnosed.
Seventy-five percent of Iowans that smoke say they want to try to quit within the next year. If that describes you, Quitline Iowa is here to help.
Every day, 91 Americans die from opioid overdose. In Iowa, opioids are impacting women age 45-64 at an ever increasing rate. Why? In part, because they don't even know it. Women in this age group are more likely to have physical conditions for which opioids are prescribed, yet they don’t know about the severe risks of opioid misuse.
The 41st Annual Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse is April 18-19th, 2018 at the Veteran's Memorial-Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.
Did you know that 13 percent of Adult Iowans have experienced at least one problem related to their gambling?
Iowans who experience problems related to their gambling come from many backgrounds. They can be rich or poor, young or old, male or female. Problem gambling can affect people of every race, every religion, and every education and income level. It happens in small towns or big cities.