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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 30, 2021

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More Americans Gaining Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment, But Race Matters

Opioid addiction treatment has become more widely available to Medicaid recipients under the Affordable Care Act, but Black patients are much less likely than white patients to get that treatment, a new study finds.

New Report from the Legal Action Center Finds that Denying Necessary Care for Substance Use Disorders in Emergency Departments Can Violate Federal Law
Widespread implementation of evidence-based practices related to substance use disorder screening and diagnosis, medication for opioid use disorder, and referrals would save lives, increase treatment retention, and address racial health disparities.

'Ridiculous' price of medical marijuana leaves patients scrambling
Many people who use the drug to treat chronic conditions are priced out of their state's medical marijuana program.

Deaths Related To Alcohol And Drug Overdoses Are Skyrocketing In State Prisons
Deaths related to alcohol and drug overdoses in state prisons have jumped 600 percent. That's prompted advocates to push for a different way to prosecute and treat incarcerated people with addictions."

NYC sent non-police teams to respond to mental health calls for a month. Data shows that more people got help and fewer were hospitalized.
A New York City pilot program that sends social workers instead of police officers to respond to mental health crisis calls is showing some early signs of success, according to data from the city.

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