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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 19, 2021

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Trends in US Emergency Department Visits for Mental Health, Overdose, and Violence Outcomes Before and During the COVID-19 PandemicThese findings suggest that ED care seeking shifts during a pandemic, underscoring the need to integrate mental health, substance use, and violence screening and prevention services into response activities during publi...
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When Life Becomes Overwhelming, Take Care of Yourself Too

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When your child is struggling with substance use, your focus is on them and their needs. It is not unusual for you to continually monitor where they are and who they are spending time with. Worry permeates your very being, every day. And in short order, you feel anxious and exhausted. I am telling you this because your own self-care is an important...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 12, 2021

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NJ Human Services to Expand Availability of Medication that Supports Recovery from AddictionNew Program Will Increase Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment that Aids in Recovery from Opioids Mental health professionals are the ones taking care of us: Who's taking care of them?USA TODAY spoke with half a dozen mental health workers who told us the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 5, 2021

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We Need To Talk About Another Pandemic Mental Health Crisis: Therapist BurnoutThere is a clear mental health crisis and growing need for care in the United States. A recent Gallup poll showed American's assessment of their own mental health is "worse than it has been at any point in the last two decades." Cannabis Companies Are Ready to RollThe haz...
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Why Are Senior Adults at a High Risk for Substance Misuse?

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While many might believe substance misuse and addiction is more prevalent in the younger populations, senior adults are also at a high risk for these habits — and for a variety of reasons. From mental health issues like depression and memory impairment to physical health issues like chronic pain and medical conditions, it's often a slippery slope i...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 29, 2021

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As More Legal Pot Dispensaries Open, More Young Adults Start UsingAs more states legalize marijuana and more shops begin to sell it, more young adults are using pot and developing drug-use disorders, a new study finds. For the study, researchers looked at young adults in Los Angeles County before and after retail sale of recreational marijuana was ...
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12 Tips to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol At Every Age

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As a parent, you want to help your child grow up to be safe, happy, and healthy. This includes protecting them from addiction and the dangers of substance use and misuse. While it's never too early to start teaching your child the skills they need to make positive life choices and to stay away from drugs and alcohol, you'll want to approach the con...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 22, 2021

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A Medical Treatment For Meth Addiction Proves Effective In New Trial.For the first time, a medication regime has been found effective for some patients with meth addiction in a large, placebo-controlled trial. It's welcome news for those working with the growing number of people struggling with meth addiction.. 10 of the Best Podcasts About Mental ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 15, 2021

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The Coming Mental Health TsunamiOn October 24, 2020, against the backdrop of a presidential election, the third wave of COVID-19 hit the U.S. Americans were already sick. With mental healthcare inaccessible to many Americans and a 35% increase in annual suicide rates from 1999 to 2018 according to the CDC, an epidemic was already festering.. Impact...
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Parents need to be the Role Models Once Marijuana is Available

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As I was writing this column, the law enabling the sale of marijuana in New Jersey has not gone into effect yet. I expect that the governor already signed the bill and it went into effect January 1, 2021. But don't assume that sale of the plant will go into effect immediately. There is more work for the legislature to do. There is a need for the st...
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