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Colleges are struggling to keep up with an increase in requests for mental health counseling. UCLA has adopted internet-based screenings and online mental health treatment as well as “resilience peers” who are not licensed counselors but who offer a release valve for stressed-out students. Other colleges profiled in the article for expanding access to mental health services include Kent State University, Jefferson Community College, and Ohio State University.
A study done by USC researcher Jessica Ho compared the U.S. to 17 other wealthy nations and found that the level of overdose deaths in the States has outpaced other nations for more than a decade. Other nations involved in the study include Sweden, Finland, Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, and more.
FDA Calls for New Studies on Opioid Effectiveness for Chronic Pain – Washington Post
In an effort to curb the use of narcotics that started the drug epidemic, the FDA will begin to require drug companies to study whether prescription opioids are effective at stopping chronic pain. Some studies already indicate that some opioids are ineffective for pain beyond 12 weeks and that long-term use leads to addiction.
Alaska Kicks Off Celebration of Sobriety Awareness Month – Anchorage Press
Last year, Alaska state senators established March as Sobriety Awareness Month for Alaska. The rates of alcohol and substance abuse in the state are among some of the highest in the nation and the law is intended to help draw awareness and support for battling addiction. The month will consist of Dry Weekend Challenges, alcohol-free drink additions at bars and restaurants, and sober pop-up events.
This week, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced that they will launch an enhanced registry system that will help more than 1500 drug manufacturers and distributors around the nation more efficiently identify potential illicit drug movements and, in turn, fight the opioid epidemic.
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