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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 9, 2021

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Why Are Half of U.S. Kids With Mental Health Issues Not Getting Treatment?
Over half of high-risk children in the United States are not receiving behavioral health services critical to their mental, emotional and physical well-being, new research warns.

Conceptual framework for telehealth strategies to increase family involvement in treatment and recovery for youth opioid use disorder
With opioid use at crisis levels, it is imperative to support youth ages with opioid use disorders (OUD) in taking medication and accessing behavioral services over long periods.

How to 'inoculate' kids against addiction, from an early age
How to talk to kids about drugs and alcohol in a way that helps them avoid the traps of addiction later on.

The serious risks of marijuana legalization on young people: Don't sugar-coat the problems we're likely to see
Alcoholism and addiction are pervasive, progressive, cunning, baffling and powerful diseases. Achieving and maintaining sobriety, especially for adolescents and young adults, is a challenging journey that requires dedication, vigilance and tremendous emotional and mental labor.

A year into the pandemic, students reflect on how life over Zoom has impacted mental health, social lives
After Northwestern sent students home last spring and prohibited them from on-campus living in the fall, Communication sophomore Catherine Zhong spent a lot of time unsure of their living situation. Between housing insecurity, fears of contracting COVID-19 and remote classes, Zhong said the pandemic took a toll on their mental health.

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