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Record overdose deaths-82,230

From the Washington Post. 81,230 overdoses set record for such deaths in a 12-month period, CDC says by Linda Searing A surge in the number of U.S. residents who have died of a drug overdose — 81,230 in the 12 months ending last May — set a record for the most such deaths in a […]


Construction Industry Hit Hard by Opioid Epidemic

From the Wall Street Journal Opioid Use Hits Construction Industry as Overdoses Soar by Vipal Monga Mark St. Cyr, a construction superintendent in the Pittsburgh area, often sees telltale signs of opioid use among workers at sites where he works. “If I’m supervising 10 guys, two or three will be using almost every day,” said […]


Overdose deaths increase due to synthetic opioids

Official CDC Health Advisory Increase in Fatal Drug Overdoses Across the United States Driven by Synthetic Opioids Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network December 17, 2020, 8:00 AM ET CDCHAN-00438 Summary The purpose of this Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory is to alert public health departments, healthcare professionals, […]


Online support groups – what was lost/gained

From the Washington Post What was lost when covid forced addiction support groups online — and what was gained by Allyson Chiu In the roughly eight years since she left treatment for alcohol-use disorder, Amy Durham has been to countless recovery group meetings. At first, she went every day, before gradually scaling back to two […]


Mental Health First Responders

From ABCNews How sending mental health responders instead of police could save Black lives “One-quarter of fatal police shootings involve people with mental illness.” by Dr. Divya Chhabra New York City Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray announced a pilot project this week that experts say could save lives by using […]


AAAP awarded 2-yr, $32M opioid grant

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) has been awarded a 2-year grant of $32 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address opioid use disorders and stimulant use disorders. The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) network is part of the grant’s coalition of 40 national professional organizations. The Opioid […]


Cocaine overdose deaths triple

From U.S. News & World Report Overdose Deaths From Cocaine Rising Dramatically by Steven Reinberg While opioids were grabbing the headlines, cocaine overdose deaths in the United States have marched upward, nearly tripling over five years, a new government report shows. After a period of stability, cocaine-induced deaths rose by about 27% per year, on […]


Well-being app for Black women

From Katara Enterprises LLC EXHALE is an emotional well-being app designed for Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (BIWOC). It’s time to exhale – to let go of all that isn’t serving you and breathe in life, energy, healing, and love. The practices in this app are what we call “soul medicine”- medicine for the depths […]


New Opioid Awareness Campaign

Mediaplanet has just pushed out a national Opioid Awareness media campaign! The Opioid Awareness campaign focuses on opioid use among individuals, families, and communities within the United States, while highlighting resources regarding prevention, treatment, and recovery of opioid misuse. Topics include workplaces, stigma, families, pain management, COVID-19, children, co-occurring disorders, myths, among others.


Drug- and alcohol-related deaths up in Maryland

From the Baltimore Sun Drug- and alcohol-related deaths across Maryland jump more than 9% due to the coronavirus, officials say by McKenna Oxenden As the coronavirus continues to claim the lives of Marylanders every day, state officials said Tuesday that fatal drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths also are increasing throughout the region. New state data […]