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

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The pandemic is a mental health crisis, but some health plans and insurance companies are 'falling short' on coverage, report says Too many health plans and insurance carriers are putting mental health coverage behind physical health conditions even as the pandemic puts mental health problems in hard focus, according to a Tuesday report from the fe...

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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 rema...

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Medications and Dietary Supplements: A Dangerous Mix

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Those of us who frequently take a combination of prescription or over-the-counter medications usually don't think there is any danger when we also take vitamins or other dietary supplements. But there could be, according to FDA and CDC reports. One CDC survey indicated that 34% of participants (approximately 72 milli...

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Coalition for Healthy Communities Looking Forward to 2022

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist The Middlesex County Coalition for Healthy Communities held its first meeting of 2022 on January 12. The coalition is looking forward to fostering community change by educating the community and working with our partners during the upcoming year. At the meeting, discussions were focused on a few of the key even...

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The Value of Engagement in School-Wide Activities

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By Gideon Abadilla Carteret High School students who participate in Pathways' various clubs have been significantly involved in engaging their fellow students and staff. At least once a month, Pathways clubs organize programming that takes place within the school to stimulate participation from the entire school community. In October, SADD clu...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 21, 2022

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NYC spending $730K to install vending machines that dispense naloxone, clean needles A pilot program in New York City will install public health vending machines (PHVM) which will dispense products like naloxone and clean needles in an effort to help those who are "disproportionately burdened" by overdoses. Marijuana legalization fuels rise in acci...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 14, 2022

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More than a million Americans have died from overdoses during the opioid epidemic Deaths due to drug overdose have topped a million for the first time since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began collecting data on the problem more than two decades ago. Opioid overdoses are killing Americans. Improving access to methadone can save liv...

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When it comes to Youth Substance Use, There Is Always a Resource You Can Turn To

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So you are not sure how to prevent drug or alcohol use? Or what to do if you suspect or have discovered substance use? The information and resources you seek are close by. We all know that the teen and young adult years are confusing, complicated and formative. Understanding what's happening socially and developmentally — and how it can intersect w...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 7, 2022

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Making Addiction Treatment More Realistic And Pragmatic: The Perfect Should Not Be The Enemy Of The Good The magnitude of the drug overdose crisis demands out-of-the-box thinking and willingness to jettison old, unhelpful, and unsupported assumptions about what treatment and recovery need to look like. Among them is the traditional view that abstin...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 23, 2021

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Greetings friends. The Board of Directors and staff of Wellspring Center for Prevention wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. Note that the weekly ATOD Recap will not publish next week. "Schizophrenia" Still Carries a Stigma. Will Changing the Name Help? For example, he said, suppose a teenage patient goes to t...

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