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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 23, 2021

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The Other Pandemic: Addiction Amid COVID-19
COVID-19 has exacerbated one of the nation's worst pre-pandemic health crises: addiction, and the despair that comes with it. In West Virginia, those trying to help have witnessed the devastation firsthand..

Murphy Administration Seeks to Expand Program to Get Emergency Rooms to Use Fewer Opioids
As part of its continued commitment to fight the opioid epidemic, the Murphy Administration today announced the expansion of the Opioid Reduction Option program (ORO) that aims to reduce the amount of opioids provides to patients in emergency rooms and prescribed when they're discharged.

Exploring the Link Between Neuroticism-Depression and College Drinking
Binge drinking is defined as consumption of 5 or more standard drinks on 1 occasion for males, or 4 or more for females, bringing blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter or higher.1 These drinking patterns lead to serious health and safety risks, including death from unintentional injuries such as motor vehicle crashes,2 sexual assault,3 suicide attempts as well as other mental health issues, legal charges, and, over the long term, damage to the liver and other organs.

Inhalant Use Among Teens a Growing Problem
Recreational use of inhalants such as computer dusters and spray cleaners is a growing problem among teens according to a recent case report published in Emerging Trends in Drugs, Addictions, and Health.

As pandemic enters year 2, mental health burden becomes clearer
Nearly four in 10 Americans say that worry and stress related to the threat of COVID-19 has played a negative role in their mental health, according to a health tracking poll from Kaiser Family Foundation. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a disparate impact on mental health across the country, intensifying the need for access to treatment..

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