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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 6, 2019

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More states requiring mental health education
Experts recommend beginning as early as kindergarten, with a focus on age-appropriate instructional practices

School-Based Drug Prevention Programs
Drug prevention programs are a significant part of the national strategy to reduce the prevalence of substance use disorders. Schools are an important setting for these interventions because drug use typically begins during adolescence and schools provide easy access to large numbers of youth.

End the Stigma, End the Silence brings awareness to overdose prevention and recovery
Hospice of Frederick County, along with the Phoenix Foundation of Maryland, hosted an End the Stigma, End the Silence event in downtown Frederick on Saturday to shine a light on International Overdose Awareness Day.

Treating mental illness in the ED
With nowhere else to turn, mental health patients are flooding emergency departments. Teaching hospitals are figuring out how to better care for them — and keep them comfortable while they wait for long-term services.

Garden State to receive cut from Trump admin's $1.8B to combat opioid crisis
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced roughly $1.8 billion in funding from the Trump administration to state and local governments to tackle the opioid crisis.

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