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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 28, 2020

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N.J. Assn. of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies pushing for more funding in budget
Debra Wentz, CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, is pushing for full funding of behavioral health services in the next budget — saying it will be critical to the state's bottom line moving forward.

CBD for pets has gotten more popular, though vets urge caution
The increase in amateur fireworks earlier this summer rattled a lot of nerves, and not just human ones. In Washington's Kingman Park neighborhood, where fireworks became a nightly occurrence in May and June, a Labrador-hound mix named Nefertiti made herself a new home in the tiny space between the couch and the wall. Or, sometimes, the closet.

Stigma doesn't care if addiction is a disease
There is a belief among addiction professionals and individuals in the recovery community that if the public understands that addiction is a disease, like diabetes or hypertension, it will reduce the stigma towards individuals and families who struggle.

'A Pandemic Upon an Epidemic.' Syringe Services Struggle to Provide Care to Those Battling Drug Addiction Amid COVID-19
Americans who struggle with drug addiction have turned to syringe services programs (SSPs) for decades—not only to exchange used needles for clean ones but also as a first step towards treatment.

One size may not fit all: Psychiatrists develop mental health app assessment tool
About one in five U.S. adults, an estimated 47 million people, lives with a mental illness. Fewer than half of them receive treatment, counseling or medication. In recent years, smartphone apps have emerged as potentially cost-effective means of expanding access to mental healthcare.

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