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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 28, 2022

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Snapchat makes it harder for kids to buy drugs

Snapchat's parent company said it changed its friend recommendation feature, making it tougher for drug dealers to connect with children.

Employers Identify Workforce College Students Struggle to Address a Mental Health Crisis

As the Covid-19 pandemic worsened, expectations and resources on campus remained largely the same.

There is life after addiction. Most people recover
The U.S. faces an unprecedented surge of drug deaths, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting another grim milestone this week. In a single 12-month period, fatal overdoses claimed 101,623 lives. But researchers and drug policy experts say the grim toll obscures an important and hopeful fact: Most Americans who experience alcohol and drug addiction survive. They recover and go on to live full and healthy lives.

Telemedicine Services in Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Facilities
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in more facilities having to adapt their services and increase their use of technology. Between 2019 and 2020, behavioral health treatment facilities experienced a sharp increase in the number of facilities providing telemedicine.

Mental Health Priorities for 2022
As the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt peoples' lives, employees' mental health remains a top HR priority. As in the past two years, employers identify stress and burnout as a major threat for their workforces, according to survey results released in January by consultancy WTW (formerly Willis Towers Watson).

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