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Substance Use Overview

Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes. “Substances” can include alcohol and other drugs (illegal or not) as well as some substances that are not drugs at all. “Abuse” can result because you are using a substance in a way that is not intended …

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Drug overdoses were increasing before Covid-19. The pandemic made things worse.

America’s Covid-19 epidemic is likely making its drug overdose epidemic even worse. While there’s no good national data for the year yet, local and state jurisdictions have reported increases in overdose deaths. According to the American Medical Association, as of July 20, more than 35 states have reported increases in drug-related deaths and other concerns with drug use …

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Addiction Treatment Facilities: Are They Prepared For The COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak?

By now, most people are aware of a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, that is wreaking public health havoc on a global scale. As of today, March 16th, 2020, over 3700 cases of novel coronavirus and 69 deaths have been reported. Once testing becomes widespread, these numbers are expected to increase significantly. Specific populations face unique challenges. …

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Nation’s opioid addiction treatment system during COVID-19 needs reform

Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. This often repeated and important public health messaging is critically important as the nation seeks to contain COVID-19. Recently, CDC officials encouraged people to have a 2-week stock of their medications. Unfortunately, for people taking medications for opioid use disorder, this simply may not be possible — without critical federal intervention.  …

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Suboxone Vs. Subutex: What’s The Difference? (And Which One Is Right For You?)

Suboxone and Subutex are two drugs that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opiate addiction. Both medications work to eradicate opiates’ influence on the brain, and both medications allow opiate addicted users to stop taking drugs such as heroin (or pills such as OxyContin or Vicodin) without experiencing painful withdrawal …

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She spent more than $110,000 on drug rehab. Her son still died.

Vox is investigating addiction treatment in America. Here’s our first story. By German Lopez@germanrlopezgerman.lopez@vox.com  Sep 3, 2019, 7:00am EDT SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont — Kim Blake keeps a folder in her house, swollen with papers. Each document represents yet another try at helping her son Sean recover from a decade of drug addiction. Some papers are certificates …

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