HotSpot Study Shines New Light on the Granite State ’s Opioid Crisis

Geisel researchers take a close look at New Hampshire’s complex opioid epidemic, and one city’s novel response.
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The authors discusses the nature and extent of opioid addiction in the United States and examines the critical role that law enforcement officers can play in reversing the lethal effects of opioid overdose by implementing opioid-reversal programs with nalo...
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CONCLUSIONS: More rural infrastructure resources as well as additional education for family networks, corrections staff, and the community at large in Appalachia are needed to address barriers to OUD treatment. Future research should examine barriers from the perspective of other key stakeholders (e.g., clients, families of clients) and test interventions to increase access to OUD treatment. PMID: 30509314 [PubMed - in process]
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Pennsylvania will be the first state to receive funding to battle the opioid epidemic from a $50 billion initiative announced Friday by the Bloomberg Philanthropies. The state will be getting at least $10 million to fund its efforts to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths, just a day after the Centers for Disease Control named Pennsylvania, along with West Virginia and Ohio, as having the highest age-adjusted rates of opioid-overdose deaths. Pennsylvania ranks No. 1 in drug overdose deaths…
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The recently enacted opioid legislation is an important step in ending the nationwide epidemic. But as Manatt Health’s Cindy Mann and Jocelyn Guyer report, the law contains no major new Medicaid funding to expand addiction treatment.        
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This study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Institute on Drug Abuse; a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science; the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services; the UCLA Center for AIDS Research; and the UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute.
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