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With more than 40 states reporting an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Association, in partnership with the firm Manatt Health, has published an update to its National Roadmap on State-Level Efforts to End the Nation’s Drug Overdose Epidemic.
Policy/Advocacy
The American Medical Association this month honored former ASAM executive vice president and CEO Penny S. Mills with its Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.
Policy/Advocacy
A combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in e-commerce has changed familiar traffic patterns around the globe for several illicit substances, Stephen McConachie, chief operations manager for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told Cocaine, Meth & Stimulant Summit attendees in a Sunday session.
Populations
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.
Management
Siobhan Morse, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC, divisional director of clinical services in the Behavioral Health Division at UHS, has been presented with the 2020 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month Presidential Proclamation.
Policy/Advocacy
Oregon has voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs, and voters in New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana and Arizona appear to have approved recreational use of marijuana, while Mississippi voters have approved a measure to legalize marijuana for medical use.
Coronavirus
The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) has announced it will provide more than $634,000 in grants to 10 organizations to help at-risk populations that are struggling with increases in opioid use and overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinical Challenges
National Institutes of Health officials have outlined additional details on the HEALing Communities Study, a multi-year initiative that will attempt to address gaps in efforts to reach the communities that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic and provide evidence-based interventions for OUD.
Policy/Advocacy
The Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, part of the Institute for Behavioral Health at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy Management, has launched a website to inform communities and local leaders on what other municipalities are doing to address the opioid crisis and help shape interventions of their own.
Policy/Advocacy
As it crafts its next strategic guide, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has identified four topics to which it will devote special focus during the next five years, according to NIDA director Nora Volkow, MD.
Policy/Advocacy
American Addiction Centers has entered into a partnership with the NFL Alumni Association on a public awareness campaign to address stigma around addiction and mental health.
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