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The Opioid Epidemic

Opioid crisis prompts construction company, other businesses to tackle addiction in the workplace. By Elizabeth Fite, Chattanooga Times Free Press. Feb 2, 2020

How America’s prisons and jails perpetuate the opioid epidemic. Medications for opioid addiction work. Most prisons and jails don’t offer them. By German Lopez, Vox. Jan 31, 2020.

Drug overdose deaths fell in 2018 — but were still near record highs. It’s the first drop in overdose deaths in decades. But maybe don’t celebrate yet. By German Lopez, Vox. January 30, 2020

Some universities should get a failing grade when it comes to the opioid crisis. Opinion. By Julia DyReyes, Philadelphia Inquirer. January 29, 2020.

Are we making progress or stuck in neutral with the opioid crisis? Opinion. By Adam Bruggeman, The Hill. January 27, 2020.

How Philly plans to combat the nation’s worst big-city opioid crisis in 2020. By Aubrey Whelan, Philadelphia Inquirer. January 21, 2020.

Study links Medicaid expansion to 6 percent reduction in opioid overdose deaths. A new study suggests the Medicaid expansion could help fight the opioid epidemic. By German Lopez, Vox. January 10, 2020.

Many Addiction Centers Lack Anti-Opioid Meds: Study. By Alan Mozes, US News. January 22, 2019


PTSD and Veterans

There’s More Than One Right Way to Treat PTSD in Veterans. By Kacie Kelly, Military.com. February 18, 2020.

Wounded Warrior Project: PTSD is Treatable. By Mike Richardson, Military Times. February 14, 2020.

PTSD in Veterans: Know the signs and ways to cope. By Nicole Blanton, Baylor College of Medicine. November 11, 2019.

Injections Founds to Successfully Treat PTSD Symptoms in Veterans. By Ben Kesling, The Wall Street Journal. November 6, 2019.

Virtual Reality PTSD treatment has ‘big impact’ for veterans. By Tomos Morgan, BBC News. October 1, 2019.

Statistics on PTSD in Veterans. Although it’s a widespread problem for service members, PTSD is treatable. By Elaine K. Howley, US News. June 28, 2019


General Mental Health News

Mental health: How we’ve improved and where we need to do better in 2020. Some of the most significant advancements in the last 10 years reveal just how far we have to go. By Nicole Spector, NBC News. January 10, 2020

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