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To overcome setbacks in combating the nation’s opioid crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, policies and resources will need to be crafted in ways that address systemic inequities that have exacerbated challenges for specific populations, Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Tom Coderre told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees on Wednesday evening.
Marijuana users between the ages of 12 and 17 were found to be twice as likely to develop a substance use disorder vs. those who initiated use between the ages of 18 and 25, according to data in a study conducted by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers that was released on Monday.
Judge Kevin R. Mullins, of Kentucky’s 47th district, explains how helping defendants connect with treatment and other community-supported initiatives have helped Letcher County respond first to the opioid crisis and now a surge in methamphetamine use.
Substance use disorder prevalence rates in local jails can vary significantly between jurisdictions. Periodic monitoring with tools that capture diagnostic data is essential.
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