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Category: Substance Use Disorder

Critical Improvements to Behavioral Health Services in California Getting Ready to Take Place

California Assemblyman Jim Wood has set out to initiate significant and positive change with the introduction and hopeful passing of Assembly Bill 942. The bill will implement behavioral health components…
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Recognizing Moral Injury Within the SUD Care System

I am not sure the first time I heard the term moral injury, I suspect it was probably in the context of military service members in combat situations in which…
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Data Shows Record-Breaking Spike in Drug Overdose Deaths

Representative David Trone has released a statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing a record-breaking spike in drug overdose deaths in the last twelve…
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Dire Straits: Substance Use Disorder Workforce in Crisis, Legislators Race to improve current Workforce and expand Future Workforce

We must not forget how the pandemic’s social isolation affected people suffering from a SUD. Executive Director of Soroptimist House of Hope, Inc. Rebecca Norton says, “Addiction is running rampant…
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Trends in California Drug Overdose Deaths

The below policy brief shows some statistics on how the California overdose rate has been skyrocketing these last few years. Fentanyl has played a large part in the rising rates…
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Truth in Advertising: We Must Eliminate False Advertising and Marketing in Addiction Treatment!

People living with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and their families are a vulnerable population that can unfortunately be taken advantage of by unethical treatment facilities. Senate Bill 434 (SB…
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Addiction Neuroscience 101

Dr. R. Corey Waller goes into great detail on the neurology of addiction. He explains the levels of dopamine for motivation for someone who does not do drugs, and then…
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The Piper Must be Paid, Sooner or Later

America has been using more substance during the COVID-19 pandemic, a result of increased stress and isolation. We are starting to glimpse the repercussions of these dynamics. There is early…
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Virtual Reality: Is Peer Support Tele-Health the future of recovery support?

Representatives Tony Cardenas (CA-29) and Paul Tonko (NY-20) introduced the Virtual Community Support Act last week. The act is aimed to strengthen community-based and peer support services virtually both during…
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Words Matter

The words we use can leave a long-lasting impression on someone.