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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 7, 2021

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Medical records analysis links cannabis use disorder in pregnancy to infant health problemsA new study of nearly 5 million live births recorded in California from 2001 to 2012 found that babies born to mothers diagnosed with cannabis use disorders at delivery were more likely to experience negative health outcomes, including preterm birth and low b...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 30, 2021

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Addiction Should Be Treated, Not PenalizedThe COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the large racial health disparities in the United States. Black Americans have experienced worse outcomes during the pandemic, continue to die at a greater rate than White Americans, and also suffer disproportionately from a wide range of other acute and chronic illness...
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Pathways Alumnus CONY Shares His Mental Health Journey and His Music at Live NBPAC Performance

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Byline: Lauren Balkan, LCSW, Director of the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program In celebration of National Poetry Month, the recently reopened New Brunswick Performing Arts Center held a free hybrid music event and mental health discussion on April 15, 2021 featuring young local artists. Headlining the event was hip-hop "artist on the ris...
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How to Talk to Your Senior Parent About Mental Health and Depression

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Mental illness in seniors is a topic that isn't discussed enough, especially with data showing two out of every three seniors aren't getting the proper care and support they need. According to the CDC, over 20% of older adults suffer from mental health disorders with depression being the most reported among older adults. Here are 5 ways to talk to ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 23, 2021

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The Other Pandemic: Addiction Amid COVID-19COVID-19 has exacerbated one of the nation's worst pre-pandemic health crises: addiction, and the despair that comes with it. In West Virginia, those trying to help have witnessed the devastation firsthand.. Murphy Administration Seeks to Expand Program to Get Emergency Rooms to Use Fewer OpioidsAs part of...
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Tips for Managing Chronic Conditions

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Half of all Americans have at least one chronic disease, and about 100 million Americans – one in three people – have ongoing pain, often referred to as chronic pain. An average of 7 in 10 deaths annually are due to chronic diseases. Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and canc...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 16, 2021

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NIH Lessons Learned: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Those Struggling With Substance Use DisordersFrancis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently spoke with Nora Volkow, MD, director of NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people struggling with sub...
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Alcoholism is Still Number One Substance Use Issue for Youth

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Every year, April is "celebrated" as Alcohol Awareness Month. The purpose of Alcohol Awareness Month is to point out the stigma that still surrounds alcoholism and substance abuse in general. Alcoholism seems to have lost its place as the number one addiction problem in America. Unfortunately, the opioid epidemic is front and center in most people'...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 9, 2021

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Why Are Half of U.S. Kids With Mental Health Issues Not Getting Treatment?Over half of high-risk children in the United States are not receiving behavioral health services critical to their mental, emotional and physical well-being, new research warns. Conceptual framework for telehealth strategies to increase family involvement in treatment and re...
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Carteret Middle School Students Take Part in Say Something Week

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By: Crystal Mutilitis, MSW, LSW, Clinician and Caroline Capriccio, Youth Development Specialist This March, Carteret Middle School participated in Say Something Week. The program, created by the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches students how to prevent school violence, shootings and other harmful acts. By following three essential steps — recognizing war...
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