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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evidence-Based Practices
The Foundation for Opioid Response and New York Community Trust are providing $750,000 to Housing Works for a program that aims to improve high-risk populations’ retention and adherence to medications for opioid use disorder.
A presentation at the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit emphasized a person-centered mindset for the activities of rapid response teams targeting overdose survivors.
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