- In New Jersey, lawmakers praised Governor Chris Christie's proposal to provide mandatory treatment for everyone convicted of a nonviolent drug offense.
- Meanwhile, the state's attorney general has announced the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program to fight the abuse of prescription drugs.
- The Army says its efforts to reduce stigma have helped more soldiers seek help for mental illness and substance use disorders.
- A Tulane criminologist is preparing to evaluate Louisiana's plan to treat individuals with criminal records who have both substance abuse and mental illness.
- A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that one in five Americans experienced mental illness in the past year, and that among them, rates of substance use disorder were higher.
- South Carolina's Medicaid program will begin reimbursing doctors to screen more than 30,000 pregnant women annually for substance abuse and refer them to treatment if necessary.