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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 4, 2020

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Look beyond opioids to solve national substance use epidemicOvercoming the nation's opioid epidemic will require clinicians to look beyond opioids, new research from Oregon Health & Science University suggests. Recovery Homes Are Struggling to Stay Afloat Amid PandemicKim Bock is the head of New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residences, which...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 28, 2020

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N.J. Assn. of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies pushing for more funding in budgetDebra Wentz, CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, is pushing for full funding of behavioral health services in the next budget — saying it will be critical to the state's bottom line moving forward. CBD for pets has gotten more...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 21, 2020

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The Effects of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic on the Risk of Youth Substance UseThere is little doubt that coronavirus disease 2019 is wreaking havoc on the lives of people across the globe and straining the public's physical and mental health and social and financial security. Fighting Back against the Stigma of AddictionWhen health care pr...
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The Impact of Social Isolation on Seniors’ Health

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Despite the significant portion of the older adult population that is affected, social isolation and loneliness are serious public health risks that are not taken seriously, especially during COVID-19. Even before the pandemic began, a 2020 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medi...
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Pathways Summer Program Goes Virtual!

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW Clinician When the world turned upside down, one of the things that threw us for a loop at Pathways School Based Youth Services Program was the gradual realization that we would not be able to hold our usual active summer program at Carteret High School, complete with field trips, basketball and volleyball, silly contests, ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 14, 2020

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Vaping linked with much higher risk of getting COVID-19Teen and young adult vapers were up to 7 times more likely to get COVID-19, compared with non-vapers, the study found. Using Telemedicine to Treat Opioid AddictionGetting medication long meant seeing a licensed provider. Now a strategy for evading Covid-19 makes treatment available via the web....
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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Showcases the Power of Youth

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By Yashi Srivastava, Middlesex County Youth Ambassador Campaign for Tobacco-Free KidsThe use of tobacco in the U.S. is the No. 1 cause of preventable death. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is a non-profit organization that has dedicated more than 20 years to protecting children and saving lives from tobacco use, and is the leading ad...
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During the Pandemic, Remember that Older Adults Have Substance Use Issues too!

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There are over 47 million people in the United States who are 65 years or older. What's alarming is that substance abuse among those 60 years and older (including those who misuse prescription drugs) currently affects about 17 percent of this population – that's a whopping eight million people. As a baby boomer myself, and the fact that I work for ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 7, 2020

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Head back to school with '4 Be's' for mental healthThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused much stress and uncertainty for students, parents, teachers and staff. "For students and the adults who care for them, the desire is so strong to have our lives return to normal, which also involves schooling," says Craig Sawchuk, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic psychologist. ...
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‘988’ Designated as National Suicide Prevention Hotline

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The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors.  The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16,...
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