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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 20, 2021

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Changes in drinking days among United States adults during the COVID-19 pandemic The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an international emergency that has dramatically changed daily life. This global pandemic is expected to have lasting effects on individual well-being including increased prevalence of psychological distress [1-3]. The pandemic ha...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 13, 2021

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Seniors Rarely Discuss Their Drinking With Their Doctors Plenty of seniors may struggle with problem drinking, but a new study shows that less than half of them discuss their alcohol use with their health care providers. The Importance of Restricting Youth Access to Marijuana in the Age of Legalization: Lessons Learned From Tobacco Control Efforts ...

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Some Back to School Tips for Parents

I am sure that as a parent you know that preparation is key when it comes to helping kids prepare to return to school. I thought I'd share with you what other parents have shared with me. And this especially true nowadays. After all, it has been months since your children have experienced what we all refer to as "normalcy". It seems that our kids w...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 6, 2021

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Words matter: language can reduce mental health and addiction stigma, NIH leaders say In a perspective published in Neuropsychopharmacology, leaders from the National Institutes of Health address how using appropriate language to describe mental illness and addiction can help to reduce stigma and improve how people with these conditions are treated...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 30, 2021

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More Americans Gaining Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment, But Race Matters Opioid addiction treatment has become more widely available to Medicaid recipients under the Affordable Care Act, but Black patients are much less likely than white patients to get that treatment, a new study finds. New Report from the Legal Action Center Finds that Denyi...

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Connecting to CMS Students Virtually During the Pandemic

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By Christina Lavigne, ClinicianOver the last year and a half, the pandemic has made us get creative with how to connect to others while remaining socially/physically distant. All schools had to make difficult decisions regarding reopening while thinking about the safety of their students and staff. Carteret Middle School utilized the hybrid mo...

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

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U.S. Overdose Deaths Soared to All-Time High in 2020 Deaths due to drug overdose in the United States surged to a record-breaking level during the pandemic last year, according to a report released July 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics. The rise from 72,000 fatalities in 2019 to 93,0...

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New INCORRUPTIBLE US Chapter Founded at Carteret High School During the Pandemic

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, Pathways Clinician and Advisor for Incorruptible US, and SADD Club In October 2020, Pathways was holding outdoor meetings of our clubs; during a SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) meeting, member Jasmin Langomas approached the club Advisor about starting a virtual chapter of Incorruptible US. She was passionate a...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 16, 2021

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Alcohol Still a Threat in Too Many American Pregnancies: Study More than half of American babies are exposed to at least some alcohol before they are born -- and for 8 out of 10, it happens before their mothers even realize they're pregnant, according to a Yale University study. 1 in 4 People With Anxiety, Depression Couldn't Get Care During Pandem...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 9, 2021

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New research shows vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for addiction Amy Daeschel is a woman in long-term recovery. "What that means to me is I haven't found it necessary to use a drink or a drug since August 23, 2017," Daeschel said. Daeschel had a successful life until she had multiple foot surgeries at the age of 37. She was prescribed oxycon...

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