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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 25, 2021

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The Opioid Addiction Crisis and Racism: A Long, Troubled History

The enduring racial gap in the opiate addiction rate stems largely from racist 19th-century medical beliefs about Black bodies, coupled with substandard medical care provided to Black Civil War troops.

FDA Must Do More to Stop Youth Vaping, House Members Say
"The alternative is going to be years and years of delay," says Democratic representative

Treatment center reacts to 'staggering' overdose deaths in Kentucky
Preliminary data from the CDC published last week shows that a record number of people died from drug overdoses last year, marking the most deaths since the CDC started tracking those statistics in 1999. There were upwards of 92,000 overdose deaths in the 12 month period ending in November 2020, according to data from the CDC. 

Addictions services commissioned by councils are failing their service users
An analysis in Health Service Journal headed by Dr Dan Poulter, who alongside being a local MP is a psychiatrist at an NHS mental health trust, has found that the move introduced in 2013 to take away responsibility for drugs and alcohol services from the NHS and to hand over to local councils, has failed. This is particularly concerning as the number of adults drinking and using opiates has risen during the pandemic.

Zoom Therapy And Not Enough Beds: How The Pandemic Affected Kids' Access To Mental Health Care
Mental health care for kids in Massachusetts is a confusing web of services. They can be hard to access — even in normal times.

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