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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 6, 2021

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Words matter: language can reduce mental health and addiction stigma, NIH leaders say

In a perspective published in Neuropsychopharmacology, leaders from the National Institutes of Health address how using appropriate language to describe mental illness and addiction can help to reduce stigma and improve how people with these conditions are treated in health care settings and throughout society.

Schizophrenia linked to marijuana use disorder is on the rise, study finds
The proportion of schizophrenia cases linked with problematic use of marijuana has increased over the past 25 years, according to a new study from Denmark.

Assessing how a tobacco-free campus leads to attitude change and support among students, faculty, and staff
Universities are increasingly considering tobacco-free campus policies to help promote a healthy learning and working environment. We assessed attitudes of students, faculty, and staff, before and after the implementation of a tobacco-free campus policy at a large, urban university. We also examined individual factors associated with these attitudes.

Maine is the first state in the US to rollout a statewide overdose alert program
A new program is aimed at alerting Mainers when there are overdoses in communities so people can be aware and help loved ones.

Mental Health America Report Shows Blacks Most Affected by Incidents of Trauma and Violence
According to Mental Health America, overall, mental health conditions occur in Black and African–American (B/AA) people in America at about the same or less frequency than in white Americans. However, the historical Black and African–American experience in America has and continues to be characterized by trauma and violence more often than for their white counterparts and impacts the emotional and mental health of both youth and adults.

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