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Healthcare Reform — Now is the Time to Make It About You!

Confused about healthcare financing and where it's headed?  What about future access to addiction treatment?  These days it's hard not to be confused; the experts can't even agree on what's happening now, never mind on what will happen next.  For example, analysts concur that the United States spends far more on healthcare—dollars per capita and percent of gross domestic product—than 12 other industrialized countries.  But beyond that, they disagree on which statistics are appropriate to measure the return on that investment and whether the money is well spent.  Some say the United States has tens of millions of people without health insurance; others say those numbers are misleading, a myth.Besides conflicts of opinion, there are conflicts of interest.  In the United States, modern health insurance emerged in the 1930s to enable the sick to pay their bills and healthcare providers to get paid for their services.  Employers began incorporating health...Original linkOriginal...

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JAN
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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week-ending January 4th

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DEC
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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week-ending December 21st

Nearly One Third of College Student Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions with Co-occurring Mental Disorders Abuse Prescription DrugsA recent study of college students identified links between nonmedical prescription drug use, depressive symptoms, and suicidality, and raised the possibility “that students may be inappropriately self-medicating psychological distress with prescription medications.” The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) is a compilation of data on admissions to substance use treatment that can be used to look at college students with mental disorders who have been admitted to treatment for drug abuse. Specifically, TEDS data for 2010 show that across college student substance abuse treatment admissions,2 those with a co-occurring mental disorder were more than twice as likely as those without a co-occurring mental disorder to report abuse of prescription drugs3 (31.6 vs. 15.0 percent), cocaine (14.4 vs. 5.5 percent), and heroin (14.3 vs. 5.8 percent) (Figure). They were also less likely to report abuse of alcohol...

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DEC
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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week-ending December 14th

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DEC
07
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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week-ending December 7th

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NOV
30
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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week-ending November 30th

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NOV
30
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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week-ending November 23rd

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NOV
30
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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week-ending November 16th

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NOV
12
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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week- ending November 2nd

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NOV
21
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 22, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 22, 2019

As we approach the holiday season—the time of year from Thanksgiving through New Years when "joy" is the word but not necessarily the reality—it's worth reflecting on ways we can protect ourselves and those we care about from inconvenience and tragedy due to use of alcohol or other mood-changing substances. Start by believing that some measure of h...

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