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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 30, 2020

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A 17-Year Transition from Prescription Opioids to Heroin among US Adolescents Followed Into Adulthood
Objective: To examine the longitudinal relationships between US adolescents' prescription opioid use and misuse and any subsequent heroin use in adulthood.

Sharp Rise In Drug Overdose Deaths Seen During 1st Few Months Of Pandemic
Drug overdose deaths rose in the first three months of this year, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Law Creates 988 Hotline for Mental Health Emergencies
A bipartisan bill has been signed to create a three-digit number for mental health emergencies. The Federal Communications Commission had already picked 988 as the number for this hotline and aims to have it up and running by July 2022. The new law paves the way to make that a reality.

Emergency physicians reluctant to seek mental health help; cite stigma, job security
Many emergency physicians on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are hesitant to seek mental health treatment, according to a new poll from the American College of Emergency Physicians and Morning Consult.

America is still in the middle of an opioid epidemic. Why did we stop talking about it?
The social isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is making treating the opioid epidemic so much harder..

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