Friday, May 29, 2020

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In the News: Use of Medication for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia Increases During Pandemic

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deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide leveled off in 2018
Deaths From Drug Overdoses, Alcohol and Suicide Leveled Off in 2018
The rate of deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide—so-called “deaths of despair”—were about the same in 2018 compared with the year before, a new study finds. Read More
addiction experts say pandemic could lead to spike in unhealthy alcohol use
Addiction Experts Say Pandemic Could Lead to Spike in Unhealthy Alcohol Use
Addiction specialists are concerned the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to an increase in harmful drinking, The New York Times reports. Read More
few Black overdose patients with private insurance recieve follow-up care
Few Black Overdose Patients with Private Insurance Receive Follow-up Care
Few people with private insurance who are treated in the emergency room for an opioid overdose receive follow-up addiction treatment, a new study finds. The problem is especially severe for black patients, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Read More
During this time of uncertainty, we're still here to support families.

Court Filing Asserts Big Pharmacy Chains Played Key Role in Opioid Crisis
A new court filing in a trial scheduled for next year asserts big pharmacy chains played a major role in the opioid crisis, The New York Times reports. Read More
Use of Medication for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia Increases During Pandemic
The number of prescriptions being filled to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia is on the rise during the pandemic, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read More
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