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AT A GLANCE - BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN THE NEWS

AT A GLANCE – BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN THE NEWS

Abnormalities in Visual Cortex Linked to Mental Illness According to a recent study (https://bit.ly/2I8pSV8) from Duke University, a person’s risk of mental illness broadly increases when the visual cortex has trouble communicating with brain networks responsible for focus and introspection. The researchers used brain imaging and study participant psychiatric assessments to assess the correlation between […]

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At A Glance: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN THE NEWS

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN THE NEWS By Lise Millay Stevens, M.A.

Number of Heroin Deaths Spiking According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, U.S. heroin deaths quadrupled from 2000 through 2013. The Midwest was particularly affected; heroin-related deaths in the region increased 11-fold over the same period. Overall, the highest rate of heroin deaths was among non-Hispanic white adults age 25 through 44 years. […]

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN THE NEWS By Lise Millay Stevens, M.A.

CDC: Opioid Overdoses Continue to Increase Nationwide According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017. (The CDC defines an opioid as prescription pain medications, heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl.) The Midwest was particularly hard hit—over […]

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEWS By Lise Millay Stevens, M.A.

Eliminating the Individual Mandate and Addiction Care The U.S. Congress passed the GOP-crafted tax bill in December; the legislation contains a provision to repeal a part of Obamacare concerning the individual mandate. The mandate itself will not disappear, but by 2019 the dollar amount and percentage of income penalties will be eliminated, reducing the federal […]

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ADDICTION TREATMENT MEDICATIONS DOMINATE NEWS CYCLE

Referral to Treatment Opportunities Missed by Judicial System https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0890. A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public reports that less than five percent of people referred for opioid-related treatment by the judicial system are sent to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs. The authors note that, in contrast, 40 percent of clients referred for opioid […]

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