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The ongoing 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted care provision for patients with pain disorders, as well as those with opioid use disorder. As a result, public health experts have voiced concern that the COVID-19 pandemic may worsen the opioid crisis in the United States, and the populations affected most seriously by both crises may overlap significantly.1-3 For patients receiving treatment for addiction, access to support systems, clean needles, methadone provision, and psychiatric care may be seriously interrupted or shifted to virtual platforms.1 Furthermore, the risk of overdose may be increased during prolonged periods of heightened anxiety and isolation from...
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The people directly affected by conditions like substance use disorder should be involved at the state and federal levels in developing policies. Starting Jan. 20, the Biden administration will be responsible for addressing three major public health crises: the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 330,000 Americans and infected more than 17 million; the mental health crisis, which the pandemic has exacerbated to the point that 40% of U.S. residents now report struggling with mental or behavioral health issues; and the drug overdose crisis, with 81,000 deaths in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest ever recorded in a year-long period. Drug overdoses don’t happen because a...
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The festive season has been dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year”, but for those in and seeking recovery, it can sometimes be especially hard. It is possible to have an enjoyable time while embracing a life of recovery. Take the opportunity to celebrate not only the holiday, but also your recovery, which is something to be proud of. Plan each and every day of your holiday season Make a six-week plan to get you through the holiday period. Organize your events and plan to spend time with friends and family who are supportive of your recovery. Be realistic...
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Oregon will become the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin and cocaine. Voters on Tuesday passed Measure 110, which also expands addiction services using the state’s marijuana tax revenue. “I think Oregonians made it clear that they support a more humane, effective approach to drug addiction,” Anthony Johnson, one of the measure’s chief petitioners, said Tuesday night. “We took a huge step for funding more treatment and recovery services, and for ending racist drug war policies.” Proponents said drug addiction is currently treated as a crime, not as a health disorder. With the removal of punishments for nonviolent drug offenses and...
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Like millions of Americans, Diane Urban watched the first presidential debate last month at home with her family. When it was over, she turned off the television and climbed into the bed her 25-year-old son Jordan used to sleep in. It was where she found Jordan’s lifeless body after he overdosed on the opioid fentanyl one morning in April 2019. After watching President Donald Trump target the son of former Vice President Joe Biden for his history of substance abuse, Urban was reminded again of the shame her son lived with during his own battle with addiction. “I just think...
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Vote Recovery is an initiative created by the Recovery Advocacy Project (RAP). RAP is working to build a visible and effective constituency to demand community and public policy based solutions in response to America’s long-standing addiction crisis. Vote Recovery is a hub to learn about voting, your rights, and the issues that recovery voters like yourself are passionate about. It’s also a space to explore tools for engagement to get others involved. We can either imagine a world in which our elected officials court and value the votes, suggestions, and voices of us in the recovery community, OR we can...
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New Polling Shows Need for Immediate Congressional Action to Avert Collapse of Behavioral Health Organizations and Resulting Public Health Crisis Demand for mental health and addiction treatment services has increased significantly just as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken the financial viability of behavioral health organizations and reduce the availability of lifesaving treatment and services, according to new polling released by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Key findings from the survey of behavioral health Chief Executive Officers include: Demand for behavioral health services is increasing, with 52% of behavioral health organizations seeing an increase in the demand for services;...
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This year’s Mobilize Recovery event showed, once again, that the recovery advocacy community is diverse, dedicated, and resilient. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national advocacy event was hosted virtually by the Recovery Advocacy Project and the Voices Project, making it the largest and most accessible training to date. Advocates from across America attended to network, learn new skills, and share tactics to improve recovery outcomes during the national drug epidemic. The event included a star-studded lineup of speakers such as Elton John, Macklemore, former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and President Bill...
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Where do unhoused people wash their hands? There’s no punch line. As Philadelphia closes down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public bathrooms, restaurants, and even gyms have shut their doors. If you don’t have soap and running water, you can’t prevent coronavirus. That puts 5,700 people’s lives on the chopping block. Their crime is simply not having a place to live. In Philadelphia, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced 13 percent of people out of their jobs and is poised to ignite a massive eviction crisis. People are coping with homelessness any way they can. With fewer than 50 homeless...
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Imagine every ventilator in the United States being switched off, all at once. That’s what leaders are doing to recovery funding for addiction services in America — and they count on us dying before anyone notices. Before coronavirus, America already faced record numbers of deaths from a different epidemic. Over 350 people died every day from an illness just as deadly as COVID-19. This disease, which is more widespread than any flu, hides in plain sight in one third of all American households. It affects 27 million people, every day. It’s substance use disorder, and it’s killing Americans at record rates. In spite of...
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