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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 15, 2021

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The Coming Mental Health Tsunami
On October 24, 2020, against the backdrop of a presidential election, the third wave of COVID-19 hit the U.S. Americans were already sick. With mental healthcare inaccessible to many Americans and a 35% increase in annual suicide rates from 1999 to 2018 according to the CDC, an epidemic was already festering..

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Patients With Alcohol Use Disorder and Associated Risk Factors for Relapse
The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups like patients suffering from substance use disorders is expected to be tremendous, and corresponding concerns were raised early on by many experts around the world.

Vaping May Addle the Adolescent Brain
Teenagers who use e-cigarettes may be at increased risk of "mental fog," a new study suggests. The study, of thousands of U.S. teens, found that those who vaped were three times more likely than their peers to report problems with concentration, memory and decision-making.

Coronavirus Pandemic Put A Halt On Plans To Tackle America's Opioid Crisis
The pandemic interrupted what was expected to be a year of reckoning for drug companies tangled up in the opioid crisis. Many communities are left waiting as lawsuits remain on hold.

Many people may stick with virtual mental health care
A new study suggests that more than half of people receiving mental health care will want to keep getting care virtually after the pandemic subsides.

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