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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 20, 2020


Please note that we will not be publishing our weekly News & Policy Update next week. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff at Wellspring Center for Prevention, we wish you a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday.

A Covid-19 surge of depression and anxiety is being treated by robots
The World Health Organization estimated before Covid-19 that over 250 million people globally suffer from depression, and suicide rates are particularly high among younger individuals.

House will vote on cannabis legalization bill in December
A bill to remove federal penalties on marijuana and scrap some cannabis-related records will receive a vote on the House floor in December, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

'Diseases of Despair' Skyrocket in America Even before the coronavirus pandemic began, Americans were already suffering: A new study reports that alcohol and drug misuse were up dramatically, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors were up 170% between 2009 and 2018.

The share of kids visiting the emergency department for mental-health concerns has increased during the pandemic
From mid-March through October, the proportion of mental health-related emergency-department visits for kids aged 12 to 17 increased by about 31% compared to the same period in 2019

The Mental Health Benefits of Doodling
For many, the new normal includes a lot of virtual meetings. We need the connection right now. Even so, screen time can still be draining. And it doesn't give us the movement or touch we crave.

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