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New Funding to Tackle Mental Health Crisis

From SAMHSA Biden-Harris Administration Announces Millions of Dollars in New Funds for States to Tackle Mental Health Crisis Tuesday, October 18, 2022 In addition to nearly $300 million awarded in September for new and existing Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, $15 million in new grants will be awarded early next year thanks to the Bipartisan […]


Improving Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

A CDC feature article Health equity is the fair and just opportunity for all people to be as healthy as possible, and that includes the opportunity to be free from commercial* tobacco. Yet, some people don’t have this opportunity because of factors like their race or ethnicity, where they live, or what kind of job they […]


Rainbow “candy” fentanyl

From WTRF, 08/24/2022 | View original article West Virginia officials warn about “rainbow fentanyl”; It looks like candy MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WBOY) — Candy-colored “rainbow fentanyl” has made its way to West Virginia, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia and Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force announced during a press […]


Meth Use Contributes to National Overdose Epidemic

From Oicanadian, August 22, 2022 | View original article Study Finds Methamphetamine Use Common, Contributing to National Overdose Epidemic in Rural America by Tammy Sewell Methamphetamine remains a stubbornly prevalent illicit substance across large swaths of rural America, according to a new study by researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and other institutions. The […]


Marijuana & hallucinogen reach all time-high

From NIDA, August 22, 2022 | View original article. Marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults reached all time-high in 2021 NIH-supported study also found past-month vaping levels rebound after early pandemic drop Marijuana and hallucinogen use in the past year reported by young adults 19 to 30 years old increased significantly in 2021 compared […]


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Little-known Drugs Add to U.S. Overdose Count

From WTOP, by The Associated Press Two powerful drugs now adding to US overdose crisis Emerging reports show that two little-known drugs are making lethal new contributions to America’s drug overdose crisis. Para-fluorofentanyl and metonitazene are being seen more often by medical examiners looking into overdose deaths, according to a government report published Thursday. They […]


Realistic Treatment

From Health Affairs, Nora D. Volkow Making Addiction Treatment More Realistic And Pragmatic: The Perfect Should Not Be The Enemy Of The Good Last year saw drug overdose deaths in the U.S. surpass an unthinkable milestone: 100,000 deaths in a year. This is the highest number of drug overdoses in our country’s history, and the […]


Opioid Treatment Equity

From NPR, by Marisa Penaloza Black Opioid Deaths Increase Faster Than Whites, Spurring Calls For Treatment Equity A study published Thursday reveals a growing racial disparity in opioid overdose death rates. Deaths among African Americans are growing faster than among whites across the country. The study authors call for an “antiracist public health approach” to […]


Naloxone Injection Approved

From the FDA. FDA approves naloxone injection to counteract opioid overdoses Action: FDA has approved ZIMHI (naloxone hydrochloride) injection as an additional option to treat opioid overdose. ZIMHI is administered using a single-dose, prefilled syringe that delivers 5 milligrams (mg) of naloxone hydrochloride solution through intramuscular (in the muscle) or subcutaneous (under the skin) injection. […]