Category: Opioid Crisis

Nov 08

Addressing MT’s Substance Abuse; Summit Brings Former Surgeon General and State Leaders Together

KTVH By Mikenzie Frost HELENA – One in ten Montanans deal with substance abuse in some way and a shift in the way the country thinks about addiction is changing the way people get treatment. Millions of people across the country suffer from what is now known as substance abuse disorder. Tuesday, the Montana Healthcare …

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Oct 06

Mental Health: How Alabama Is Responding

Montgomery Advertiser By Kym Klass In her “come full circle” career, Lynn Beshear believes everything she has accomplished has led her to oversee the state’s mental health system. It comes from her time working in the Intensive Care Nursery at Duke University Medical Center, to her latest 17-year stint as executive director of Envision 2020 – where mental health …

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Sep 07

Yadkin County, NC Commissioners Learn at National Convention

The Yadkin Ripple By Beanie Taylor As students returned to their regular regime of learning, Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin described the education commissioners received over the summer. In addition to one every early spring in Washington D.C., the National Association of Counties holds a traveling national conference every summer. “This is the first time any …

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Mar 12

As Opioid Overdoses Rise, Police Officers Become Counselors, Doctors and Social Workers

The Washington Post By Katie Zezima The nation’s opioid epidemic is changing the way law enforcement does its job, with police officers acting as drug counselors and medical workers and shifting from law-and-order tactics to approaches more akin to social work. Departments accustomed to arresting drug abusers are spearheading programs to get them into treatment, …

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Mar 01

Maryland Governor Declares State of Emergency for Opioid Crisis

The Washington Post By Bill Turque REISTERSTOWN, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday escalated his administration’s response to the opioid-addiction crisis, declaring a state of emergency and committing an additional $50 million over the next five years to beef up enforcement, prevention and treatment services. Hogan (R) signed an executive order calling for the …

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