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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 10, 2020

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Suicide: The hidden risk of addiction and mental health issues
It can be difficult for a person who suffers from addiction and mental health issues to ask for help. Tragically, the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health can make a person feel worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Addiction and mental health issues also affect the lives of loved ones.

Telehealth can be life-saving amid COVID-19, yet as virus rages, insurance companies look to scale back
By April, the pain was overwhelming, but she was too anxious about the virus to go to the doctor. Her gastroenterologist did a cellphone video visit with her and suggested a diet change. When it got worse last month, Dr. Christopher Ramos did another video call and told Peeters to come in for a colonoscopy.

This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster
If SARS is any lesson, the psychological effects of the novel coronavirus will long outlast the pandemic itself..

Why more states could legalize cannabis in 2021
Actions by states to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana use and possession are fueling momentum for the broader movement to legalize cannabis and have it serve as an economic engine for cash-strapped coffers, industry members and policy experts say.

Colleges Are Preparing to Boost Their Mental Health Services
Some schools are training professors to spot trauma in students — even if their only interaction with them is via Zoom

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