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FOR RELEASE: September 5, 2003
Interim State of the State’s Health Report Focuses on Mental Health Issues
The Oklahoma State Board of Health today announced the release of its State of the State’s Health 2003 Interim Report, Mental and Addictive Disorders. Due to its subject matter, the report was developed and issued in concert with the Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
The report notes that mental and addictive disorders impose a greater burden of disability on Oklahoma’s citizens than cardiovascular diseases or cancer. The report reviews substance abuse, including alcohol dependence, illicit drug use, and tobacco use and nicotine addiction; caloric addiction and its impact on obesity; depression; and other mental disorders.
The report concludes that mental and addictive disorders result in significant increased risks for several chronic health conditions as well as unintentional injuries and motor vehicle crashes. These disorders can also play a key role in suicide, child neglect and abuse, homelessness, divorce, unemployment, school drop out, unwanted pregnancies, and incarceration.
To deal with these problems effectively, the report offered the following three recommendations:
Develop enhanced population-based data systems for mental and addictive disorders.
Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree
To schedule an interview, call the Office of Communications, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 405/271-5601.
The State of the State’s Health 2003 Interim Report, Mental and Addictive Disorders can be found on the Web at: http://www.health.state.ok.us/board/state/index.html.
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