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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 22, 2021

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Michigan moves to fund mental health like physical health

Starting this month, 13 mental health and addiction clinics across Michigan will receive the same Medicaid funding as any other health center in an effort U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says will help bridge the stigmatic and funding divide between mental and physical health.

Teen vapers have few tools for quitting, despite growing health crisis

The FDA took a huge step on Wednesday when, for the first time, it approved three electronic cigarettes for sale, saying the help they could provide to people trying to quit traditional cigarettes outweighs their risk. But experts complain that teen vapers who want to quit aren't getting the help they need. Regulators haven't authorized any tools to help young people stop vaping, despite a growing public health crisis.

You should familiarize yourself with harm reduction
Harm reduction is a public health approach that aims to reduce harms related to substance use by treating people with dignity and compassion. It includes a variety of approaches with the goal of connecting people who use drugs to resources and helping them to thrive in a supportive environment.

Children's mental health declared a national emergency
Children's mental health is now considered a national emergency according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children's Hospital Association.

You Are Not Alone: Mental health conditions are no one's fault
Rob Wesemann, NAMI Utah Executive Director says mental health condition are no one's fault. Because of stigma, he says, many families are wrongly blamed for their loved one's difficulties. Such blame is devastating.

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