White House report: Opioid crisis cost taxpayers $504 billion

WOODBURY - A new White House report says the true cost of the opioid drug crisis in 2015 for U.S. taxpayers was a staggering $504 billion. In the report released today, the Council of Economic Advisors said the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate in 2013. It adds that…

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New LICADD Phone App!

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), is pleased to announce the launch of our new phone APP, Suffolk LIGHT (Long Island Guide to Health and Treatment). Suffolk LIGHT, was designed as resource to help and support individuals, families, schools and communities with substance abuse challenges. Mr. Hilary Mathwasa of PD House,…

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There Are So Many Ways to Support LICADD this Holiday Season

We Live Here. We Give Here. October 26th LICADD is pleased be part of this special giving day. It's Our Island is a group of community-based organizations (LICADD!) working in partnership to positively impact the lives of Long Islanders. Our members advocate, educate, and mentor one another to build a strong community for all. Entering…

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LICADD at WFUV

Photo: LICADD Executive Director, Steve Chassman and Lee Anne Vetrone-Timothy at WFUV radio in the Bronx, NY. LICADD was pleased to visit Fordham University radio station, WFUV to share information and resources for individuals and families who struggle with substance abuse disorder. LICADD's segment will appear in several public service announcements and an on-air interview…

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VIDEO: Your brain and drugs [Politico]

Congress recognized 25 years ago that mental health and substance abuse are connected — that was the premise behind the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, established in 1992. But researchers are still working to understand how mental health disorders affect an individual's risk for substance abuse, and vice versa. With the nation struggling…

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Back to school for LICADD’s BUDDY Mentor program

Photo: LICADD Development Department; social work Intern, Mike; Deborah Hollingsworth, Backpack Coordinator for the Sigma Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority; Steve Chassman, Executive Director, LICADD Brightly colored backpacks filled with back to school supplies for the children of LICADD's "BUDDY" (building unique, diverse and dynamic youth) mentoring program filled the conference table!…

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From addict to Ironman [CNN]

At 50 years old, Todd Crandell is high on life. The extreme triathlete has crossed the finish line in 28 Ironmans, 42 half Ironmans and two Ultramans. With every mile, he runs, bikes and swims farther away from the life he once lived. A time when he wished he was dead. "Every single day, the…

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