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America’s Staggering Opioid Epidemic

America’s opioid epidemic is the worst in the industrialized world, killing nearly as many people as car crashes every year. Over the past two decades, thousands of people died from unintentionally overdosing on prescription or illicit painkillers, and millions more became dependent on them. As a result, public health and medical officials from communities and governmental entities across …

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Why Mental Health Disorders Co-Exist With Substance Use

The numbers do not lie. Mental illness and addiction often overlap. In fact, nearly 9 million people have a co-occurring disorder according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Yet, only 7 percent of these individuals get treatment for both conditions. And nearly 60 percent receive no treatment at all. Understanding Comorbidity Comorbidity refers to the fact that two conditions, such …

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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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