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Coronavirus
A recently released study finds that as unemployment rates rise, military veterans are at an increased risk for developing substance use disorders and dying by suicide.
Clinical Challenges
LGBTQ+ individuals were found to be more likely to engage in substance use at an earlier age, use illicit drugs for longer periods, and have more difficulty finding support when seeking treatment, according to a survey published by AAC’s Desert Hope treatment facility.
Clinical Challenges
Flavored products and new nicotine formulations have made vaping products more appealing to younger populations in recent years, says Brian King, PhD, MPH, of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.
12-Step Treatment
Warriors Anonymous, a specialty meeting for active military, veterans, first responders and EMTs, has been created to strengthen peer network for “warriors” in recovery.
Coronavirus
Methamphetamine use and HIV, now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, could create double jeopardy among men who have sex with men, according to an editorial recently published in the journal AIDS and Behavior.
Clinical
Substance use disorder prevalence rates in local jails can vary significantly between jurisdictions. Periodic monitoring with tools that capture diagnostic data is essential.
Special Populations
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said in an Rx Summit address that the department is using non-opioid interventions and telehealth to help veterans manage chronic pain.
Special Populations
As the U.S. population ages, Elisha Figueroa, LMSW, CPS, and Angie Jones, MSSW, of JBS International say prevention professionals will need to sharpen the focus of their messaging when working with older adults.
Special Populations
The FDA says it is trying to curb e-cigarettes from becoming a gateway to nicotine addiction for youth while still giving adults an “off-ramp” from combustible tobacco.
Policy/Advocacy
Language in the Senate Appropriations Committee report on the 2020 Department of Defense spending bill asks for a health education and support pilot program for servicemembers battling substance use issues.
Counseling
Binge drinking, often associated with young adults, isn't as rare as some might think among older Americans, a recent U.S. study suggests.
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