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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 5, 2021

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NJ Human Services To Expand Availability Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment
The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is planning to expand access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder through five new regional contracts with opioid treatment program (OTP) provider organizations. The regional contracts went out to bid in mid-January, and the contracts are slated to start in April 2021.

New California bill would decriminalize psychedelics, expunge criminal records
"The war on drugs has been a complete failure," state Sen. Scott Wiener said. "It hasn't stopped people from using drugs and it hasn't stopped addiction."

The Opioid Crisis, Fueled by Covid, Is Worse Than Ever
The last thing Dave A. Mullen remembers is the sound of his speech slurring. Then he collapsed.

AA and NA Are Popular, but Are They Actually Effective?
Long considered a key component of recovery, 12-step programs are as popular as ever. But that doesn't mean they work for everyone.

How Increased Cannabis Access May Ease the Opioid Crisis
In addition to killing more than 500,000 people in the United States in just 1 year, COVID-19 has had devastating effects on health and well-being in other ways. Between June 2019 and May 2020, there were more than 81,000 overdose deaths.

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