Report Sheds Light On Substance Abuse In Iowa
What toll is substance abuse taking on Iowa? Many of the answers lie in a new report called the "State of Iowa Epidemiological Profile."
Recently released by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the report was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
"Collecting data on behaviors such as substance abuse is an important function of public health," said Kathy Stone, director of the IDPH Division of Behavioral Health. "This helps us prioritize our activities, especially in regard to prevention."
Stone says the report isn't just for public health or substance abuse professionals, however. Policy makers, educators, social workers, community members and others can learn a lot just by looking at a short summary of the report, called Key Findings. This summary and the full report show that: