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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 27, 2019


States Are Adding Mental Health Training In Schools, But Is It Enough?
Schools are often on the forefront in spotting mental health issues in children. But historically educators have received little training in this area.

Doctors And Nurses With Addictions Often Denied A Crucial Recovery Option
Dr. Wesley Boyd, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard, has spent years working with state programs that help doctors, nurses and other health care workers who have become addicted to opioids get back on their feet professionally.

Mental health apps are scooping up your most sensitive data. Will you benefit?
An app for monitoring people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is so precise it can track when a patient steps outside for a cigarette break or starts a romantic relationship — and where that new partner lives. Another app, meant to screen for suicidality, analyzes not only text message metadata, but also the content of the conversations.

In Tiny Doses, An Addiction Medication Moonlights As Treatment For Chronic Pain
Lori Pinkley, a 50-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., has struggled with puzzling chronic pain since she was 15.

Suicide Deaths Are a Major Component of the Opioid Crisis that Must Be Addressed
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In observance, our two institutes, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), are taking this opportunity to highlight a dimension of the opioid crisis that receives too little attention—the links between opioid use, opioid use disorder (OUD), and suicide.

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