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Filmmaker highlights language barriers fueling overdose crisis in Philly’s Black communities

From Metro Philly, by Brandon Dorfman, September 1, 2021 In the new short film “OPIOIDS: A Breakdown of the Invisible Overdose Crisis in the Black Community,” artist and filmmaker Richard Patterson, Jr. recalls Philadelphia’s transition from crack cocaine to Percocets and the language barriers that separated the Black community. Everyone talked about percs, Patterson said […]


Methamphetamine Deaths Soar, Hitting Black And Native Americans Especially Hard

From NPR, by Brian Mann, 09/22/21 When Winnie White Tail convened a new session of inpatient substance use treatment last month for members of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes, she found that roughly half her clients were struggling with methamphetamine addiction. “It’s readily available, it’s easy to get,” White Tail says. She’s a Cheyenne tribal […]


Opioid prescriptions fell over past decade while drug overdose deaths climbed: AMA report

From The Hill, by Justine Coleman, 09/21/21 Physicians have prescribed 44 percent less opioids over the past decade, yet fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses have continued to climb, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (AMA). The association called on lawmakers to “act now” over the overdose statistic. AMA’s report documented a […]


Uncontrollable vomiting due to marijuana use on rise, study finds

From CNN, by Sandee LaMotte, 09/17/21 An unusual illness is on the rise in the United States, especially in states that have legalized marijuana. Habitual users of cannabis, including teenagers, are showing up in emergency rooms complaining of severe intestinal distress. “They are writhing, holding their stomach, complaining of really bad abdominal pain and nausea,” […]


Overdose Deaths In State Prisons Have Jumped Dramatically Since 2001

From NPR, by Beth Schwartzapfel and Jimmy Jenkins, July 15, 2021 Prisons and jails in the United States have been increasingly deadly places in recent years, according to new federal data. But one cause of death has climbed most dramatically: overdoses. From 2001 to 2018, the number of people who have died of drug or […]


Vaping linked to increased eating disorder risk among US college students

From Fox News, by Kayla Rivas, 09/14/21 Recent vaping or e-cigarette use was associated with an increased risk of an eating disorder and a higher likelihood of a self-reported eating disorder diagnosis, according to a recent study. While vaping is common among young adults and eating disorder onset typically occurs before age 25, the association […]


OUD Treatment Restrictions Eased

HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Tuesday, April 27, 2021 In an effort to get evidenced-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new buprenorphine practice guidelines that among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied […]


Telehealth Addiction Treatment Comes of Age

From Treatment Magazine Virtual healthcare, which has proliferated and become more sophisticated during the pandemic, will be an even greater presence in the future By Jason Langendorf Eight months was all it took for Eric Bogue to be transformed from a person frustrated and only half-interested in his recovery into a true believer and apostle […]


Fentanyl Test Strips

From SAMHSA, April 7, 2021 Federal Grantees May Now Use Funds to Purchase Fentanyl Test Strips New Guidance Aims to Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that federal funding may now be used to purchase rapid fentanyl […]


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

  The National Council’s “Conversation” video series are 15-minute videos led by National Council President and CEO Chuck Ingoglia that deliver insights and experiences from its members across the country, while also showcasing their unique programs, services and solutions. Episode 3: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace discusses diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in […]