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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 11, 2022

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A look inside the first safe injection sites in the U.S.

Two rooms in New York are the first places in the U.S. where local officials are allowing illegal drug use to make it less deadly. Philadelphia's attempts to start one have so far been thwarted.

Mental health and substance use challenges for rural and remote communities: The Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the mental health and substance use needs of people living in rural and remote communities and their access to adequate and timely services and supports..

Workers Who Legally Use Cannabis Can Still Lose Their Jobs
Thirty-seven states now allow adults to use marijuana medically, recreationally or both. But in most of those states, people can be fired or denied a job for using cannabis in their free time.

Mobile Van Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder Is Not Enough
Primary care has a foundational role in the identification and ongoing treatment of chronic illnesses, including opioid dependence and use disorder. Opioid use disorder (OUD) results from changes to receptors in the brain due to chronic response to exogenous opioids..

Hospitals don't routinely test for fentanyl — it's time to add to the 'federal five'
14-year-old boy presented unresponsive to a children's hospital after a presumed fentanyl overdose. His urine drug screen was negative in the emergency department, including opiates. While in the ICU on a ventilator he was kept sedated with a fentanyl drip, a common ICU medication.

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