Drug Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years.
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Scientific advisers to the C.D.C. also recommended the coronavirus vaccine boosters for those with certain medical conditions, but excluded those at risk because of their jobs.
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During the Covid-19 pandemic, the existing overdose epidemic has only continued to rise. So have the rates of substance use. Addiction experts, including the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, weigh in on what this data means and what else we should be considering.
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Conclusions: These findings may provide insight into changes in opioid overdose mortality during this time and assist in future disaster planning.
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In 1974, President Nixon signed the Narcotic Addiction Treatment Act, which gave statutory authority to the regulations governing the provision of methadone for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in the US. The original name for the bill was revealing: the Methadone Diversion Control Act. These regulations that were meant to restrict dispensation on methadone have undergone only modest revision over the ensuing decades even in the midst of a current overdose epidemic. In the US, methadone for OUD can only be provisioned at federally certified opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Patients receiving methadone must prese...
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