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Trump, Christie Pledge to Combat Nation’s Opioid Addiction
THE WASHINGTON POST (3/29) - President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, and he’s tapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the fight. Trump convened an emotional roundtable Wednesday with Christie, members of his Cabinet, law enforcement chiefs, recovering addicts and advocates. It was the first public event tied to the launch of a new addiction commission that Christie, a longtime Trump friend and formal rival, will chair. Read more Related:
Unemployed? Congress Wants to Make it Easier for States to Drug Test You to Collect Benefits.
VOX (03/20) - Republicans in Congress want to make it easier for states to drug test the unemployed before they collect government benefits. This is no longer just a wish. Over the past few weeks, the Republican-controlled House and Senate sent a bill to President Donald Trump’s desk — which he’s expected to sign — that would undo an Obama-era regulation that limited drug testing for federal unemployment insurance. Read more
This Prescription Drug is Implicated in Almost a Third of All Opioid Overdose Deaths
THE HUFFINGTON POST (03/15) - Opioid overdose deaths are at a record high in the U.S., and deaths from prescription painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone, are implicated in almost half of all cases. Less well known is the fact that benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, prescription tranquilizers used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures, are involved in about 30 percent of those prescription opioid deaths, perhaps due to deadly interactions. Read more
Smoking Slows Recovery from Drug Abuse
CHICAGO TRIBUNE (03/27) - People recovering from illicit drug abuse are more likely to be successful if they don't smoke cigarettes, a new study finds. Most illicit drug users also smoke cigarettes, but many substance abuse programs do not include treatment for nicotine dependence, the study authors said. Read more
Drug Rehab Recovery More Successful if Completed for 30 Days or More
ADDICTION NOW (03/22) - Patients in drug rehab recovery are more likely to succeed when they are in treatment for more than 30 days, according to a new research conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California. Read more
How the Opioid Epidemic Became America’s Worst Drug Crisis Ever, in 15 Maps and Charts
VOX (03/24) - In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses...To understand how and why, I’ve put together a series of maps and charts that show the key elements of the epidemic — from its start through legal painkillers prescribed in droves by doctors to the recent rise of the highly potent opioid fentanyl. Read more
White House Proposes New, Sweeping Budget Cuts at NIH
STAT (03/28) - The White House is proposing a $1.2 billion cut this year to the National Institutes of Health’s budget, targeting research grants. The proposed NIH cut is part of $18 billion in spending reductions that President Trump’s team is proposing to Congress for the current fiscal year, which ends in October, according to a summary obtained by STAT. Read more
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Unique Obstacles Put US Latinos at Risk for Addiction
ADDICTION NOW (03/30) - Immigrant and U.S.-born Latino adults face disadvantageous social and psychological circumstances that can impact health outcomes and lead to anxiety and substance addiction, according to researchers. Read more
American Carnange: The New Landscape of Opioid Addiction
FIRST THINGS (04/2017) - A willingness at least to talk about opioid deaths (among other taboo subjects) surely helped Donald Trump win last November’s election. In his inaugural address, President Trump referred to the drug epidemic (among other problems) as “carnage.” Those who call the word an irresponsible exaggeration are wrong. Read more
Survey: Transgender College Freshmen Drink More, Experience More Blackouts
SOCIAL WORK TODAY (03/2017) - A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their cisgender peers to experience negative consequences from drinking, including memory blackouts, academic problems, and conflicts such as arguments or physical fights. The 989 students who identified as transgender were also more likely than their cisgender peers to cite stress reduction, relationship troubles, or the sedating effects of alcohol as motivation for drinking, according to an analysis of the survey publishing March 21 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Read more
New Study Links Opioid Epidemic to Childhood Emotional Abuse
NEWSWISE (03/14) - A study by researchers at the University of Vermont has revealed a link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse, a new finding that suggests a rethinking of treatment approaches for opioid abusers. Read more
Video Games May Protect Mental Health and Avert Trauma, Addiction
ARS TECHNICA (03/29) - Video games often blamed for rotting minds may actually protect them, according to a series of studies. Researchers report that Tetris—a classic game that takes hold of spatial and visual systems in the brain as players align irregular polygons—seems to jumble the mind’s ability to process and store fresh traumatic memories. Read more
Drug & Alcohol Problems Linked to Increased Veteran Suicide Risk, Especially in Women, Long-Term Study Finds
SOCIAL WORK TODAY (03/2017) - Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide than their comrades, and women veterans with substance abuse disorders have an even higher rate of suicide–more than five times than that of their peers, a study finds. Read more
Medicaid’s Role in the Delivery and Payment of Substance Use Disorder Services in Montana
JDSUPRA BUSINESS ADVISOR (03/28) - In a new report for the Montana Healthcare Foundation, Manatt Health explores Medicaid’s new role as the primary payer for SUD services in Montana as a direct result of the 2016 Medicaid expansion to cover most low-income adults in the State. The report lays out strategies that the Montana Medicaid program may pursue in this new role to improve SUD service delivery. Read more
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