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The American Opioid Epidemic in Special Populations: Five Examples

Source: The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

This discussion paper from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic looks at how the opioid epidemic in America affects 5 special populations: justice-involved individuals, people living in rural communities, veterans, adolescents and young adults, and people who inject drugs.

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The Native Center for Behavioral Health

Source: University of Iowa College of Public Health

The website for the Native Center for Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health provides information about and links to the projects managed by the Center, including the National American Indian & Alaska Native (AI/AN) Addiction Technology Transfer Center, the AI/AN Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, and the AI/AN Prevention Technology Transfer Center.

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A Guidebook to Reimagining America’s Crisis Response System: A Decision-Making Framework for Responding to Vulnerable Populations

Source: ABT Associates & Arnold Ventures

This guidebook is targeted to policymakers and emergency response agencies who are considering implementing or expanding crisis response programs in their communities. Crisis response programs are an option for diverting individuals experiencing a crisis from substance use, mental health, or homelessness from the criminal justice system to services.

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Peer Speak Out: Improving Substance Use Treatment Outcomes During COVID-19 – Report Summary

Source: Community Catalyst, Faces & Voices of Recovery, & American Society of Addiction Medicine

This 2-pager provides a summary of a recent report about how COVID-19 has affected patients in treatment and recovery from substance use disorders (SUD). Authors used a national online survey, 2 focus groups and the Patient Lead National Peer Council to identify what outcomes patients want from treatment, how COVID-19 is affecting them and what needs to change about treatment and recovery services offered during the pandemic and for the future.

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Peers Speak Out: Improving Substance Use Treatment Outcomes During COVID-19

Source: Community Catalyst, Faces & Voices of Recovery, & American Society of Addiction Medicine

This report explores how COVID-19 has affected patients in treatment and recovery from substance use disorders. Authors used a national online survey, 2 focus groups and the Patient Lead National Peer Council to identify what outcomes patients want from treatment, how COVID-19 is affecting them and what needs to change about treatment and recovery services offered during the pandemic and for the future.

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Expanding Public Insurance Eligibility Increases Substance Use Treatment Provider Acceptance of Public Insurance and Increases Adolescent Access to Treatment

Source: Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University & Center for Aging and Policy Studies

This summary provides an overview of a research study that looked at how expanding public insurance eligibility led to increases in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider acceptance of public insurance and increases in adolescent access to SUD treatment services.

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Principles for the Use of Funds From Opioid Litigation

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This report describes 5 principles policymakers can use to ensure the best use of funds from opioid litigation. The principles include:

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Peer Support Services for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Substance use disorder in families often leads to involvement in child welfare systems. Research shows that removal of a child from a family is traumatic for both the child and parents and can impede the parent’s journey to recovery. Many programs now employ family peer mentors or recovery specialists to work with the families on their treatment plan, connect parents and children to services and resources, and provide support as they go through a difficult process.

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