SERAC Epidemiologic Profile of Substance Use, Suicide & Problem Gambling - DHMAS 2012

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Purpose of Profile: Southeastern Regional Action Council (SERAC) is one of 13 Regional Action Councils that support prevention, health promotion and recovery services in Connecticut. SERAC serves Sub-Region 3B which includes the following 20 communities located in Southeastern Connecticut: Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown and Waterford.

Since 2004, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has practiced the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) at the State, sub-regional, and community levels. The SPF is a five-step, data-driven process known to promote youth development and prevent problem behaviors across the life span.

SERAC has produced this Epidemiologic Priority Profile with assistance from community members in support of the DMHAS SPF process and to facilitate a data driven analysis of the magnitude and impact of the following 8 priority issues of concern in Connecticut and within Sub-Region 3B: alcohol use, tobacco use, prescription drug use, marijuana use, heroin use, cocaine use, problem gambling suicide.

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