Substance abuse – NCSAPCB Sat, 25 Jun 2022 11:13:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Substance abuse – NCSAPCB 32 32 NFL skipping supplemental draft for third straight year; here are the top 5 picks from the extra era Sat, 25 Jun 2022 00:15:10 +0000

The NFL will forego holding an additional draft again, as the league has informed teams they won’t have one this summer (per NFL Network). In the supplemental draft, any team that made a bid on a player would have to forfeit their draft pick in that round the following season (for example, using a third-round pick as a bid on a player in the supplemental draft would result in a dropping a third-round pick in the NFL Draft next year).

Players eligible for the supplemental draft include any player whose draft eligibility changed between the time of the NFL Draft and July – when the supplemental draft usually took place. Safety Jalen Thompson was the last player taken in an extra draft, as the Arizona Cardinals placed a fifth-round offer on him in 2019. Thompson has 197 tackles, four interceptions and 11 assists defended in three seasons with the Cardinals – from 25 of 37 games.

With no extra draft picks this year, let’s take a look at the top five extra draft picks in NFL history since the process was enacted in 1977.

A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft by the Browns, Gordon’s off-court issues have taken center stage after a strong start to his career. Look no further than a 2013 season when Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards and 117.6 receiving yards per game – earning an All-Pro selection at age 22.

Gordon has missed more than 50 games for offenses during his career, having racked up just 1,833 yards since the start of the 2014 season. He was suspended in December 2019 for violating league policies on addiction and performance-enhancing drugs, and was only reinstated in September 2021. He showed flashes on the pitch, but the many violations hampered Gordon’s potential to have a great career. .

4. Bernie Kosar, Miami Quarterback, Browns

The first pick in the 1985 supplemental draft, Kosar became a star for the Browns in the mid-to-late 1980s — a time when the franchise reached three AFC Championship games in five years. Kosar won a playoff game three straight years in Cleveland, made the Pro Bowl in 1987, and led the league twice (1986, 1988).

In nine years with the Browns, Kosar threw for 21,904 yards with 116 touchdowns on 81 interceptions. He is third in franchise history in passing yards and passing touchdowns (behind Brian Sipe and Otto Graham in both categories) and was the last quarterback to start the opener in the season for the team for five consecutive seasons.

Kosar is one of the most beloved players in Browns history and was just games away from taking the franchise to a Super Bowl at its peak.

3. Rob Moore, Syracuse WR, Jets

Moore was a strong receiver in the league for a decade, finishing with 628 catches for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns with the Jets and Cardinals. An additional first-round selection by the Jets in 1990, Moore made the Pro Bowl in 1994 in his final season with the team when he had 1,010 yards and six touchdowns.

Moore played with the Cardinals after being traded there in 1995, with two 1,000-yard seasons (1996, 1997) and was one of the league’s top deep ball receivers. He led the NFL with 1,584 yards in 1997 when he posted a career-high 97 catches.

Leg injuries ended Moore’s career prematurely, as he never played another regular season snap after the 1999 season (even though Moore was on a roster for two more years).

2. Jamal Williams, Oklahoma State TD, Chargers

The Chargers’ second-round pick in the 1998 supplemental draft, Williams became one of the best nose tackles in the game in the mid-2000s. He earned two consecutive All-Pro selections (2005, 2006) and three consecutive selections in the Pro Bowl (2005, 2006, 2007).

Williams has started 135 of 167 games in his 13-year career (12 with San Diego) and finished with double-digit tackles for two losses. The Chargers received excellent value betting on Williams.

1. Cris Carter, Ohio State WR, Eagles

A fourth-round pick in the 1987 supplemental draft, Carter is the only supplemental draft pick to have reached the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Philadelphia Eagles took Carter in 1987 and he had three productive seasons with the team (catching 11 touchdowns in 1989) before being released due to substance abuse issues.

Carter was claimed by the Minnesota Vikings and had eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 1993-2000, leading the league in receptions once (1994) and touchdown catches three times (1995, 1997, 1999). He earned two All-Pro selections, eight Pro Bowl selections, and was a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team.

Carter finished his career with 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 receiving touchdowns. He is sixth on the all-time receptions list, 13th all-time in receiving yards and fourth in touchdown catches. He is considered one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.

Instagram’s age verification stops teens from impersonating adults Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:05:56 +0000
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Instagram may ask you to prove your age, but only in certain circumstances.

The photo and video sharing platform announced from Thursday that it would start testing new age verification tools if accounts listed as under 18 tried to change their age to over 18. 18 years old.

But users can still misrepresent their dates of birth when creating an account.

The change comes as Instagram’s parent company Meta faces increased scrutiny for the presence of children under 13 on its apps. A federal privacy law prohibits the collection of data on people under 13 without parental permission, but only if the platforms know it is happening, allowing companies to look the other way, say the privacy advocates. State and federal lawmakers have proposed a variety of bills — including the Senate Child Online Safety Act, the Senate Child and Teen Online Privacy Protection Act, and the California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code Act – which would dramatically increase tech companies’ legal responsibility to protect children online.

Your kids’ apps are spying on them

Thursday’s change isn’t meant to keep young children away from Instagram, Meta director of data governance and public policy Erica Finkle said, but to ensure teenage accounts reflect real age and receive the right guarantees. Teen accounts can’t receive direct messages from adults they aren’t connected with, for example, and they’re protected against certain types of ad targeting. Instagram also recently began prompting teenage accounts to turn on the “pause” feature, which reminds them to stop scrolling through the platform’s infinitely scrolling feeds.

“I’ve worked with policy makers, with regulators, and we all share the same goals,” Finkle said. “What really drives all of this, regardless of the specific legislation, is to make sure teenagers have appropriate online experiences and are safe and protected.”

Instagram rolls out teen safety features a day before its CEO testifies before Congress

Adult accounts who attempting to change their age to under 18 already had to provide identification for verification. Today, the company is experimenting with new ways to verify age. People can still send accepted ID, which Meta says it will store securely and delete within 30 days. They can ask three Instagram friends to vouch for their age – these friends must be adults, must respond within three days, and cannot vouch for anyone else. Or, they can submit a “video selfie” and Meta will use digital identity company Yoti’s AI to guess their age, the company says.

Yoti says her AI is trained on images of the faces of people around the world who have given “explicit and revocable” consent.

For parents and others concerned about young people on Instagram, this decision seems incomplete, says Irene Ly, policy adviser for Common Sense Media, an organization that advocates for child-friendly media policies. In 2021, leaked documents suggested that Meta had buried internal research into Instagram’s harmful effects on young women, according to Frances Haugen, whistleblower and former Meta employee.

“While it is good that Instagram is trying to experiment with user age verification with technology that would not compromise user privacy, Instagram still needs to make changes to the design of the platform so that ‘it’s safer for younger users,’ Ly said. “It won’t address the fact that their algorithm amplifies harmful content that promotes eating disorders, self-harm, or substance abuse.”

Meta spokeswoman Faith Eischen pointed to the app’s existing guidelines for algorithm-recommended content and its Sensitive Content Control, which allows people to reduce or increase the amount of guns, drugs, naked bodies and violence they see on Instagram.

For teens, navigating Instagram’s mental health pitfalls is part of everyday life

Even the idea that Instagram’s age-guessing AI protects privacy is debatable, says Mutale Nkonde, founder of algorithmic justice organization AI for the People and a member of the content moderation advisory board of Tik Tok. Meta is known to share data internally to build detailed profiles about its users, she said. How can people be sure that Meta and Yoti aren’t using their video selfies for anything other than age verification? In addition, Nkonde said that one of the reasons Instagram can run its age verification test in the United States is that, unlike the European Union, companies can collect data from people under the age of 18. 16 years old. She asked: Why are teenagers the face guinea pigs of Meta-digitization partnership?

“Children are a protected class, so every precaution should be taken to protect them rather than using them to test new technology,” she said. “This is an inappropriate use case.”

Eischen said Yoti is a respected company with in-house research that supports the accuracy and fairness of its AI. The system never recognizes faces, only estimates their age, she noted. And Meta will never use the data it collects for age verification for any other purpose, she said.

]]> Jackie Nitschke Center: Don’t Let Summer Get You Addicted Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:14:23 +0000

(Green Bay, Wis.) — As the weather warms up, summer activities are in full swing. This means barbecues, picnics, outdoor recreation and get-togethers with family and friends. For some people, especially in Wisconsin, these activities often include alcohol. This summer, be sure to take steps to protect your own health and the health of others.

“It’s so easy to get carried away with drinking when your activities increase and it’s hot,” said Tina Baeten, clinical supervisor at the Jackie Nitschke Center. “Although you can usually limit yourself to one or two alcoholic beverages at an event, when there is a full day activity or more activities than usual, this number can easily turn into half. -dozen or more. For anyone on the path to substance addiction, summer activities can be a tipping point.

If alcohol is a central part of an event or activity, Baeten says there are some things to keep in mind if you’re recovering or just don’t want to drink. “Don’t be afraid to say ‘no, thank you’ to your host or someone who encourages you to drink,” Baeten says. “Or just let them know you prefer water or a soda. That, more often than not, will end the discussion. Or bring your own cooler of soft drinks if you think they won’t be available.

Family members and friends can also be helpful when organizing a summer get-together:

  • Have several different non-alcoholic beverages available
  • Provide a variety of healthy foods and snacks
  • Keep conversations light and on positive things. Do not venture into discussions on controversial topics or family issues that may make people anxious or angry
  • Help customers get home safely – use designated drivers, taxis or ride-sharing services

Keeping these things in mind can help you avoid alcohol-related problems during the summer months. But if you find yourself on the road to addiction, be sure to seek help. The Jackie Nitschke Center is dedicated to helping those struggling with addiction through residential inpatient and outpatient programs for individuals and their families, as well as recovery housing for those who have completed treatment.

Kerrville’s morning radio host makes the transition in a very public way Sun, 19 Jun 2022 19:02:00 +0000

For a transgender person, their journey is usually complicated. Transitioning is a huge step, and it’s even more daunting in a small town, when you’re a local celebrity.

Meet Mikaela Taylor. Taylor is the host of the “Morning Mayhem Show” on 99.1 Mike FM in Kerrville, Texas. Every weekday morning, Taylor and his sidekick Radkowski air a comedy-focused morning radio show with lots of funny jokes and modern music.

Mikaela is married and has five children between her and her wife. She is about six months into hormone replacement therapy after announcing on social media, and later on air, that she is a trans woman.

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Live broadcast of the “Morning Mayhem Show” with Radkowski, Mikaela and Kayla the intern

Mikaela’s journey with gender dysphoria began at an early age, but as a teenager things got worse. “My body was making changes and I wasn’t comfortable with the changes,” she said. “And I was told before, you know, before I hit puberty that my body would make these changes. And it didn’t sound very appealing to me when I was told that. And then they started to happen. And that’s when it all got out of hand.”

She struggled with her feelings. She turned to alcohol and drugs. At one point, Mikaela contemplated suicide. Then there was the first time she tried on women’s clothing. She described the experience. “It was complete euphoria. I finally felt complete. And it was the first time in my life that I felt like that. And, you know, I had substance abuse issues at the time. I was an alcoholic. times, I had a few months of sobriety that first time. But actually, I felt like I saw myself more in the mirror. It was actually me. And not, you know, what I had become.

In 2021, Mikaela had told his wife of his feelings, before she made the decision to make the transition. She asked his wife Chelsea to take Antonio on a “girls’ trip”.

“I wanted to go for the river walk. I wanted to go to different places in San Antonio,” Mikaela said. “I wanted to go where nobody knew me. Where no one would know who I was and would just walk around and be free and be myself.

Chelsea went with it.

“We went shopping and she was like, you know, I want to buy myself some women’s clothes. And I was like, really? I guess that’s something we do. And that’s what she did. She bought women’s clothes. clothes for herself,” she said.

It was that night that convinced Mikaela to make the transition

“And I just thought to myself, I’m a trans woman. And I felt instant relief. My shoulders dropped. They had been tight for 20 years or whatever,” Taylor said.

Chelsea have embraced Mikaela’s transition. “As far as Mikaela and I are concerned, you know, I married her. I married her because I love her. I love the person she is. And, you know, it doesn’t matter that she either male or female. I’m going to love it anyway,” she said.

Chelsea have seen Mikaela start to change. “She’s a lot more emotional, for sure. Things with the kids that excited me like, oh, it’s the first day of school, it’s this and that. And, you know, before this n It wasn’t really a big thing for her. And now she gets emotional about these things with me,” Chelsea said.

Then, came public. His bosses were supportive. On her morning show before her official release, Mikaela and co-host Radkowski began to occasionally reference her transition. One morning, they joked about giving the employee of the month award “to a Mike Taylor, who no longer works at the company.”


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Chelsea (Rae) and Mikaela Taylor

Kerrville, with a population of just over 23,000, is a fiercely conservative town. About 75% of voters turned Republican in the last presidential election. “I expected to have to pack up my family and move out of town,” she said. “You know, Kerrville is a very conservative neighborhood. I was expecting rocks and beer bottles.”

But the community adopted Mikaela. Kelsey Wallace is a longtime listener to the show. She loved feeling like she was part of Mikaela’s transition. “I thought it was the coolest thing to know that this is how Mikaela has felt for so many years, I was glad to be a part of the whole coming out story,” Wallace said.

Despite the support from the community and radio listeners, Taylor says there has been a casualty in her relationships. After seeing a photo of Mikaela wearing makeup, her father stopped talking to her.

Indiana Recovery Organizations Discuss Best Practices at Inaugural Summit Sat, 18 Jun 2022 03:59:27 +0000

Tom Coderre, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, speaks at the Indiana Recovery Community Summit 2022. - Mitch Legan, WTIU/WFIU News

Tom Coderre, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, speaks at the Indiana Recovery Community Summit 2022.

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Statewide and national addiction recovery advocates gathered in Noblesville on Friday to discuss best practices for influencing public policy and organizing effective local programs.

The conversations took place at an inaugural summit presented by the Indiana Recovery Network. Brandon George, vice president of Mental Health America of Indiana, helped organize the event.

He said the rapid expansion of the state’s recovery network in recent years necessitated an opportunity for advocates to collaborate and share what works.

“We have great programs in place, but we need to act together. We have to mobilize,” George said.

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated Hoosiers’ mental health issues, leading to two straight years of record overdose deaths.

Alcohol problems also increased early and remained high.

Supporters have stressed the importance of expanding current programs to deal with a growing crisis.

“We need to go beyond just the story of recovery and use this lived experience to influence policies and programs in our communities across the state,” George said.

Tom Coderre, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke about the federal government’s role in addressing the mental health crisis and opportunities for local groups.

Community organizations also spoke at the event. Representatives from Scott County recovery organizations discussed strategies to overcome stigma at the local level. Groups are working there to reopen a groundbreaking needle exchange that was recently shut down by county commissioners.

Shelly Weizman, a Georgetown University law professor specializing in addiction and public policy, led a session on working with state and local authorities on recovery efforts. The key, she said, was to couple success stories with targeted proposals.

“Pledge to understand how money works,” she said. “Because if you understand how money works, you are 10,000 times better placed to influence public policy.”

The event coincided with the announcement of a new Indiana Family and Social Services Administration project to measure the resources available for addiction treatment and recovery across the state.

]]> Kentucky breaks fatal overdose record; Fentanyl blamed | Kentucky News Mon, 13 Jun 2022 21:46:00 +0000

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, topping 2,000 deaths as increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — led to a record number of deaths in the state, according to a report released Monday.

The report showed that 2,250 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in 2021 — a plague that plagues rural counties and the state’s largest cities. It was the first time the Bluegrass State had exceeded 2,000 drug overdose deaths in a single year, said Van Ingram, executive director of the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

The rise in the number of deaths in the state reflects the growing epidemic of overdoses in the country. Last year, for the first time, more than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in a 12-month period, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about two-thirds of those deaths being linked to fentanyl and other synthetic drugs.

In Kentucky, fentanyl was identified in nearly 73% of overdose deaths last year, according to Monday’s report.

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“We have never seen a single drug so prevalent in toxicology reports of overdose deaths,” Ingram said in a phone interview.

Overdose deaths are often attributed to more than one drug. Some people take multiple drugs, and fentanyl is increasingly being cut into other drugs, often unbeknownst to buyers, officials say.

“I spoke to a director of the drug task force last week who said, ‘We find fentanyl in everything,'” Ingram said.

US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who has funneled large sums of federal money to his home state of Kentucky over the years to deal with his substance abuse issues, said in a recent column that fentanyl had “flooded” the country’s southern border.

“Law enforcement officials across the Commonwealth tell me that in order to reduce overdose deaths, our number one priority should be to stop fentanyl from illegally entering our country through Mexico,” McConnell said. .

State officials have also pointed to the availability of potent and inexpensive methamphetamine as another factor in the latest increase in drug overdose deaths in Kentucky.

The highest number of drug overdose deaths in 2021 occurred among Kentuckians between the ages of 35 and 44, according to the report. There were 672 deaths in this age group last year, up 17.5% from the previous year.

The report on overdose deaths was released by the Kentucky Cabinet of Justice and Public Safety and Office of Drug Control Policy.

Kentucky has long been plagued by high rates of addiction to opioid painkillers.

In 2020, more than 1,960 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses, up nearly 50% from the pre-pandemic death toll of 1,316 in 2019. Many people have halted their treatment efforts for the drug addiction for fear of contracting COVID-19. That, along with the sense of isolation caused by the virus, contributed to the spike in overdose deaths in 2020, state officials said at the time.

Now, treatment and recovery programs are ramping up again in Kentucky.

“Every day we must work together to fund recovery programs and treatment options so that we can continue to fight this scourge and get our people the help they need,” Governor Andy Beshear said Monday. in a press release.

The governor said the death toll from overdoses was “devastating and extremely heartbreaking”.

Ahead of Monday’s report, Beshear announced another step toward achieving a statewide policy goal of providing free services close to home to help Kentuckians overcome drug addiction.

The state is working to create cities and counties as “recovery-ready communities” — aimed at providing high-quality recovery programs throughout Kentucky, the Beshear administration said.

“This drug epidemic in this country is going to be solved one community at a time,” Ingram said later Monday, touting the program.

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy is partnering with Volunteers of America to launch the Recovery Ready Community Certification Program. Cities and counties can seek certification by providing free transportation, support groups, and employment services to people seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. A measure signed into law last year by Kentucky lawmakers created an advisory board to create the recovery-ready certification.

Kentucky State Rep. Adam Bowling, the measure’s lead sponsor, said Monday the program “will enable cities and counties to provide a powerful lifeline to help Kentuckians build addiction-free lives.” “.

“Make no mistake about it, drug addiction is a debilitating and dangerous disease that can be successfully prevented and treated,” Bowling said in a statement. “However, those facing it need to have community support and access to treatment and resources, regardless of where they live or how much money they have in their bank account.”

People can call the KY Help call center at 833-8KY-HELP (833-859-4357) to speak one-on-one with a specialist who can connect Kentuckians to treatment.

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Appointments, Honors and Activities – Purdue University News Fri, 10 Jun 2022 15:11:07 +0000

  • Appointments and promotions:

– Purdue University’s Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) and the university’s Office of Health Equity Initiatives have announced Holly Wood as Senior Director of Health Equity Initiatives, effective immediately. Previously a subject matter expert in several areas of public health at the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), Wood joined Purdue in 2021 to serve as Program Director for Indiana Healthy Opportunities for Everyone (I-HOPE). , an RCHE-IDOH partnership initiative that addresses the effects of health disparities. In his dual role, Wood will continue to oversee I-HOPE as it engages with 30 at-risk Indiana counties to support local priority public health improvements at the community level. With the goal of bringing the voice of the community back to campus and amplifying it nationally through a framework developed by Purdue Presidential Fellow and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, his new duties will be to elicit faculty interest in health equity projects, coordinate the Purdue Health Equity Council, and lead health equity-related funding applications. Read more.

– Purdue University researchers Pengyi Shi, associate professor of management; Nan Kong, professor of biomedical engineering; and Omolola A. Adeoye-Olatunde, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, were recently selected to receive the 2022 Shah Family Global Innovation Lab Seed Grant Award. The honor was for their proposal to co-develop a digital solution and decision support system addressing the youth drug addiction crisis in Aru, Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more.

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– Purdue University’s junior elementary teacher preparation program has been named one of the best in the nation when it comes to ensuring future elementary school teachers have the essential content and skills they need to teach mathematics. The National Council on Teacher Quality, a national research and policy organization that regularly assesses the core requirements and practices of more than 1,100 programs that prepare future primary school teachers, has released a new report in which the program undergraduate from Purdue University earned an A for its elementary math requirements. Read more.

HHS Invests Nearly $15 Million in Rural Areas to Combat Stimulant Use Wed, 08 Jun 2022 21:09:54 +0000

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, is investing nearly $15 million in 29 organizations in rural communities to address the abuse of psychostimulants and overdose deaths that are associated with it.

Psychostimulants include methamphetamine and other illegal drugs, such as cocaine and ecstasy, as well as prescription stimulants for conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or depression.

The overdose crisis has evolved over time and is now largely characterized by deaths involving illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, and, increasingly, psychostimulants, according to the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy.


Funding goes to 29 organizations for amounts of $500,000 each.

Drug overdose deaths involving psychostimulants, including methamphetamine, have increased from 547 in 1999 to 23,837 in 2020, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The rate of drug overdose deaths associated with psychostimulants in general is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, overdose deaths related to cocaine and psychostimulants disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations, the CDC said, including black and Native American/Alaska Native populations.


With the $15 million investment, HHS has provided a total of more than $400 million to the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative, the HRSA said. This is a multi-year initiative to reduce morbidity and mortality related to substance use, including opioid use, in high-risk rural communities.

Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS also recently announced $55 million in funding for its Tribal Opioid Response grant program that addresses the overdose crisis in communities. tribal.

Both programs address opioid and stimulant abuse, as evidenced by the President’s proposed FY2023 budget for HHS on $21.1 billion drug-related programs and initiatives. of dollars. Funding helps support the National Drug Control Strategy.

Additionally, last month the White House released the administration’s plan to address methamphetamine and its impact on public health and safety.


“The nation’s overdose epidemic has claimed too many lives too soon, especially in our rural communities,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.
“The Department is committed to expanding access to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services as part of our national overdose prevention strategy. Today’s funding builds on our continued efforts to do all we can to meet the needs of those struggling with addiction – only care, but hope, to all individuals and their relatives.”

“As we work to stop the devastation caused by fentanyl, we cannot and will not lose sight of the role psychostimulants play in the country’s substance use crisis,” said Carole Johnson, Administrator of the HRSA. “Our investment will help rural communities across the country expand access to addiction treatment for psychostimulant abuse and open pathways to recovery.”

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Burnout Threatens Healthcare Workers: HHS Study Mon, 06 Jun 2022 13:19:57 +0000
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The United States faces high levels of burnout among healthcare workers, which could lead to serious gaps in patient care, according to a new report from the US Surgeon General.

Health care worker burnout was a serious problem even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the stress caused by the ongoing pandemic has made matters worse, said Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

“The pandemic has accelerated the mental health and burnout crisis that now affects not just health workers, but the communities they serve,” Murthy said.

“Already, Americans are feeling the impact of healthcare system staffing shortages in hospitals, primary care clinics and public health departments. As burnout and the mental health crisis among workers conditions worsen, it will affect the public’s ability to get routine preventative care, emergency care and medical procedures It will be more difficult for our nation to ensure we are prepared for the next emergency public health. Health disparities will worsen as those who have historically been marginalized suffer more in a world where health care is scarce. Costs will continue to rise.”

Growing labor shortage

The report from the Surgeon General and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) noted that several studies have documented a growing shortage of healthcare workers. Federal researchers say the current healthcare system is short of 1.1 million registered nurses, and Mercer Health Care Market Analysis predicts a national shortage of more than three million low-wage healthcare workers within three years. These workers are primarily women of color and caregivers such as nursing home workers or nurse or physician assistants in other health care settings.

“The Association of American Medical Colleges has projected in 2020 that demand for physicians will continue to grow faster than supply, resulting in a shortage of 54,100 to 139,000 physicians by 2033, with the most alarming gaps in primary care and rural communities,” the report said. .

Persistent pandemic

The report comes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to mutate into different variants, resulting in persistently high levels of infection. The relatively large number of previously infected and vaccinated Americans means that these infections are not as deadly as in previous waves, but hospital and health care workers continue to see a higher caseload due to infections in Classes.

The report calls for several measures to reduce the burdens on healthcare workers. These include:

  • Protect the health, safety and well-being of all healthcare workers by ensuring they have the appropriate equipment and training and are protected from workplace violence.
  • Eliminate punitive policies for seeking mental health and addictions care.
  • Reduce administrative and document burdens and improve health information technology and payment models.
  • Prioritize the well-being of health workers at the organizational level – this includes the provision of competitive salaries, paid sick and family leave, breaks, educational debt support and other measures to reduce the burden on health workers.

“Healthcare workers are the pillars of our collective health and well-being, and therefore should be valued and respected by their organizations and society,” the study states.

Provisional health committee meets on maternal and child care in the state. Fri, 03 Jun 2022 18:55:00 +0000

The Wyoming Legislature Labor, Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday morning to discuss maternal and child services, pregnancy and newborn outcomes in the state.

The Wyoming Department of Health shared that it partnered with Utah to create the first maternal mortality review board. Between 2018 and 2020, there were 13 pregnancy-related deaths in the state. Twelve were reviewed by the committee. Preliminary data shows that the main factors contributing to the death of pregnant women are the lack of access to health care or the lack of financial resources to access appropriate care.

Three mothers lost their insurance coverage prior to the time of death. Franz Fuchs, a policy analyst at the Wyoming Department of Health, said that was a big factor in the bigger picture.

“I think access to cover would be a bit like tinder or drought, in this fire,” Fuchs said. “Compared to maybe not causing this causally but maybe contributing to the layer…causes that potentially need to be addressed.”

Fuchs said these numbers are preliminary numbers and cautioned that the results should be taken with a grain of salt due to such a small sample size. The final report will be published in July.

The committee also continued its discussion on how to reduce the number of exposures to substance use in infants. A bill that classifies the use of methamphetamine or narcotics by a pregnant woman as child endangerment failed in the Senate in the last legislative session.

Dr. Laura Mook spoke to the committee about her personal experience as a pediatrician at Fort Washakie. Mook told members she was seeing more and more pregnant women coming in without having prenatal care.

“I think not having prenatal care is often a sign to me that something else was going on during their pregnancy, other mental health issues, a substance use disorder,” said she declared.

She said the legislature’s proposed bill to criminalize women who have a problem with substance use during pregnancy would further compound the problem, as women would be afraid to seek care.

Representatives from the Wyoming Association of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers (WAMHSAC), Wyoming Medical Society, Legislative Service Office and Wyoming Hospital Association spoke to committee members about data and issues related to pregnancy outcomes , newborn care, and postpartum Medicaid coverage.