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Surge in Overdose Deaths During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over 87,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses over a 12 month period ending in September 2020. Without question, there is a link between the increased numbers of people dying from drug overdoses and the COVID-19 pandemic. Fear, stress, job loss, enforced restrictions and closure to vital support services are some of the factors researchers are exploring when examining the impact COVID-19 has had on drug overdoses. This New York Times article provides an overview

Younger age of first cannabis use or prescription drug misuse is associated with faster development of substance use disorders

NIH analysis measures the prevalence of nine substance use disorders after first substance use or misuse in young people. A new study shows that in the time after first trying cannabis or first misusing prescription drugs, the percentages of young people who develop the corresponding substance use disorder are higher among adolescents (ages 12-17) than young adults (ages 18-25). In addition, 30% of young adults develop a heroin use disorder and 25% develop a methamphetamine

US-MX Border Rural Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Response: Lessons learned in program planning and implementation

Washington, D.C., United States,
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, starting at 03:00 PM (Washington, DC time), Maryland  Rural Opioid Technical Assistance initiative (MarylandROTA) invites you to the webinar “US-MX Border Rural Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Response: Lessons learned in program planning and implementation."

WEBINAR: Cary Hopkins Eyles on Authentic Self-Care for Addiction Professionals

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This webinar focuses on the issue of self-care for addiction professionals and was delivered by ICUDDR Deputy Director Cary Hopkins Eyles.

Many of us are drawn to work in the field of substance use disorders due to our history, family, and personal traits, such as compassion and empathy. While these can be great assets, they can also be detrimental to us personally.

How Many Tries Does it Take to Resolve a Substance Use Problem? Lessons from a National Study of Recovering Adults in the U.S.

Kelly, J. F., Greene, M. C., Bergman, B. G., White, W. L., & Hoeppner, B. B. (2019). How many recovery attempts does it take to successfully resolve an alcohol or drug problem? Estimates and correlates from a national study of recovering U.S. adults. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43(7), 1533-1544. doi: 10.1111/acer.14067
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This retrospective cohort study asks people who are in recovery or have not used alcohol or drugs for at least two years following meeting diagnostic criteria for having a SUD how many quit attempts they had made prior to success. The range was 0-100 previous attempts.