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FY 2016 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report

This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2016. Since states are permitted to resubmit AFCARS data, the estimates may change over time. This report reflects all AFCARS data received as of October 20, 2017, related to AFCARS reporting periods through September 30, 2016.

  • Building Successful Partnerships between Law Enforcement and Public Health Agencies to Address Opioid Use

    As the incidence of opioid and heroin addiction grows, American law enforcement has developed new approaches to combating it. Based on collaborative partnerships with public health and other professionals, these new strategies stress prevention and treatment as well as enforcement. To identify the most effective of these approaches, the COPS Office hosted the Law Enforcement and Public Health: Successful Partnerships in Addressing Opioid Use Forum in partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Police Executive Research Forum. Participants—who included representatives from public health agencies, law enforcement executives, and other stakeholders—discussed the establishment of treatment and prevention partnerships, the use of naloxone deployment programs, and best practices to mitigate drug use. They also discussed methods for sharing access to data and intelligence. This report not only documents the discussions but also describes innovative programs based on collaboration between the public health and public safety sectors.

  • Substance Use Prevention: A Resource Guide for School Staff
  • The Office of National Drug Control Policy released the Federal Prevention Resource Guide, an overview of federal resources educators can use to identify and address student drug use, develop lesson plans on the current addiction crisis, and connect students to resources that can reduce risky behavior. This guide is a combined effort of ONDCP, the Centers for Disease Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education and presents teachers, principals, and other school staff with a comprehensive approach to reducing drug use.
  • National Drug Control Strategy
  • This National Drug Control Strategy, the Trump Administration's first, establishes the President's priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use, now and in coming years. It also provides the strategic direction necessary for the federal government to prevent initiates to drug use through education and evidence-based prevention, provide treatment for those suffering from the disease of addiction so they can reach long-term recovery, and reduce the availability of these dangerous drugs in every American community.
  • Opioid Misuse in Rural America

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is approaching the opioid crisis with a dedicated urgency and is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities impacted by the issue. This webpage offers information about USDA resources and tools for addressing the opioid epidemic and includes an interactive community assessment tool, a rural resource guide, and links to state government resources.

  • Addressing the Opioid Crisis
  • The U.S. Department of State plays a key role within the U.S. whole-of-government effort to address the nation's opioid epidemic, aiming to stop illicit opioids from being produced overseas and trafficked into the United States. This webpage offers an overview of the agency's strategic work to stem the flow of opioids trafficked into the United States and ultimately save lives.

  • Operation Prevention

    The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention’s mission is to educate students about the impacts of opioids and to kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom.

  • 2016 National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary–June 2016
  • 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment–October 2017

    The National Drug Threat Assessment provides a yearly assessment of the many challenges local communities face related to drug abuse and drug trafficking. Highlights in the report include usage and trafficking trends for drugs such as prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and the hundreds of synthetic drugs.

    The assessment factors in information from many data sources such as drug seizures, drug purity, laboratory analyses, information on the involvement of organized criminal groups, and survey data provided to DEA by 5,155 state and local law enforcement agencies across the country.

  • The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis
  • $72.3 billion for nonfatal consequences, which represents costs associated with health care for substance abuse treatment, criminal justice, and reduced productivity of the 2.4 million individuals suffering from opioid use disorders who survived as of 2015. The remaining $431.7 billion in estimated costs (85 percent of the total) were considered the costs of those lives that were lost (fatality costs).