Read about Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the Local, National and International News.
The Opioid Epidemic
Job loss, anxiety, isolation: Coronavirus is a prescription for more opioid use. By Mary Bono, Opinion, USA Today. April 16, 2020.
Officials worry of potential spike in overdose deaths amid COVID-19 pandemic. Alexander Mallin, ABC News. April 15, 2020.
COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Abuse Disorders. National Institute on Drug Abuse. March 12, 2020.
The death toll of the opioid epidemic is higher than originally thought, researchers say. By Meryl Kornfield, The Washington Post. February 28, 2020.
Democrat: Lawmakers need to approach opioid crisis as ‘a chronic situation’. By Julia Manchester, The Hill. February 26, 2020.
House candidate in Arizona suspends campaign after drug overdose. By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN. February 25, 2020.
DEA: The US opioid crisis is ‘ever-increasing’. By Adriana Belmonte, Yahoo News. February 20, 2020.
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.
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.
Why Grieving an Overdose Death is So Hard. By Joseph Kirkpatrick, DrJFK.com. October 3, 2018.
Coronavirus: Why healthcare workers are at risk for moral injury. BBC News. April 6, 2020.
COVID-19 and Mental Health
Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Toll on Mental Health: Interrupted Treatments, heightened anxiety and enforced isolation cause lasting damage, especially to those with existing conditions. By Ruth Bender and Rachel Pannett, Wall Street Journal. April 9, 2020.
Long-term social distancing may be traumatic. Here is what to expect and what to do. By Madeline Holcombe, CNN. April 9, 2020.
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19: Managing Anxiety and Stress. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
General Mental Health News
Mental-Health Research Ask: What Is ‘Recovery’?: There are many ways to measure mental distress. But it’s far harder to predict, or even describe, the improvement that often follows. By Benedict Carey, The New York Times. February 25, 2020.
The Distorted Reflections of an Eating Disorder: The mirror became a cruel optical illusion: I kept crunching, tucking, sweating and squatting, but my reflection just got uglier. By Abby Sher, Voices Section, The New York Times. February 25, 2020.
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
How bigotry created a black mental health crisis: Racism has led to misdiagnosis, incarceration instead of treatment. By Kylie M. Smith, Made by History Section, The Washington Post. July 29, 2019.
Racial Disparities in Mental Health and Criminal Justice. By Leah Pope, National Alliance on Mental Illness. July 24, 2019.