Substance abuse

Illinois House Bill 3308 extending telehealth coverage

On May 30, 2021, Illinois lawmakers passed Bill 3308 (“HB3308“or the”Bill”) Aimed at expanding the use of telehealth services in the state. The bill would increase access and coverage to telehealth by establishing parity of payment for behavioral health and addiction services and by creating an expert panel to study …

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OSHA Reaches Settlement with Florida Behavior Residential Health and Treatment Facility – Occupational Health and Safety

OSHA Reaches Settlement with Florida Behavior Residential Healthcare and Treatment Facility Fort Myers Institution agrees to revamp its violence prevention program after an investigation found five incidents had occurred. By Shereen Hachem 04 June 2021 OSHA has entered into an agreement with a behavioral health care and residential treatment facility …

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Emirates News Agency – National Rehabilitation Center launches drug and alcohol prevention capacity building initiative in United Arab Emirates, Middle East

ABU DHABI, May 29, 2021 (WAM) – The National Rehabilitation Center (NRC), a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating center of excellence in drug addiction in the Middle East, to prepare to organize a training event for capacity building in the field of drug and alcohol abuse prevention. The program will …

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SEPTA is testing a new way to help people with addiction

If you take the Market-Frankford line from SEPTA to Somerset station and exit onto Kensington Avenue, you might run into someone like Kenneth Harris. He is an outreach specialist for Merakey, a social service agency that recently partnered with the authority to help people struggling with homelessness and substance abuse …

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Tampa Bay opioid crisis escalates during pandemic

Every day, three people in the Tampa Bay area die of an opioid overdose in what is described as “the epidemic within the pandemic” – the peak in opioid use associated with COVID-19. To solve the problem, the Tampa Bay Partnership, a coalition of regional business leaders, recently launched a …

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Site Approved Recovery Facility | Local

A residential facility that uses a faith-based approach to help people recover from drug addiction was approved Thursday night to move into a former missionary church property at West Rudisill Boulevard and South Wayne Street. Andy Collins, executive director of Adult & Teen Challenge of Northern Indiana, told the Fort …

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Bartholomew County sees surge in overdose deaths

Posted: May 5, 2021 / 10:29 p.m. EDT / Update: May 5, 2021 / 10:29 p.m. EDT BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Indiana – Bartholomew County officials see recent spike in overdose deaths. In the first four months of this year, the Sheriff’s Office and the Columbus Police Department responded to more overdoses …

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House OKs removing purchase permits to buy handguns

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The long practice in North Carolina of county sheriffs granting permits to local residents before they can purchase a handgun would end under legislation approved by the House on Wednesday night. The North Carolina Sheriffs Association supported the repeal of the gun purchase license – a …

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MediciNova receives notice of intention to grant

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 5, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – MediciNova, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ: MNOV) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s JASDAQ Market (code number: 4875), announced today that it has received a notice of intention to grant from the European Patent Office for …

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Study: Massachusetts tops stimulant prescriptions

A review by the Federal Agency for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs reveals that Massachusetts has the highest rate of stimulant prescriptions among 26 representative states, including drugs to treat ADHD such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. John Eadie, who tracks drug prescriptions under the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Zone …

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Health systems must put patients first

Robert C. Garrett and Patrick Young For decades, the American healthcare system has focused primarily on healing patients and connecting with people in illness or crisis. Fortunately, there is a new approach. Increasingly, American medicine is looking beyond the radar of traditional health care to tackle some of the biggest …

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Re-entry program

Reintegration programs and reintegration courts are designed to help returning citizens successfully “reintegrate” into society after their incarceration, thereby reducing recidivism, improving public safety and saving money. One of the main goals of our reintegration efforts is to remove or reduce barriers to successful reintegration, so that motivated people – …

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