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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 20, 2021

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Changes in drinking days among United States adults during the COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an international emergency that has dramatically changed daily life. This global pandemic is expected to have lasting effects on individual well-being including increased prevalence of psychological distress [1-3]. The pandemic has resulted in numerous stressors, including social isolation [4] and historically high unemployment rates [5], which are likely to have ongoing implications for public health in the United States (US).

As opioid epidemic rages, an overdose antidote is in short supply

Rhode Island is facing a shortage of lifesaving overdose reversal treatments, even as the opioid epidemic continues to surge. The issue is with naloxone, a treatment that quickly reverses opioid overdoses and saves lives. Outreach organizations in Rhode Island have been able to get it in injectable form through a national consortium called the Opioid Safety and Supply Network Buyer's Club, which in turn has a deal with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Fentanyl epidemic hits the U.S. West Coast: Opioid-related deaths in San Francisco from 2009–2019
Opioid-use disorders have led to a nationwide epidemic of accidental overdoses in the United States. In recent years this opioid epidemic has worsened due to the increased availability of fentanyl in the illicit drug market..

Sobriety Is a Social Justice Issue Too
Inclusive practices around sobriety help everyone struggling with addiction, but especially people of color in recovery.

Less passive screen time, more structure better for kids' mental health during pandemic
There are a number of simple, practical steps that families can take -- including reducing passive screen time and news consumption, having a structured daily schedule and getting enough sleep -- that can promote resilience against mental health problems in youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

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