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The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

5 April 2019

Spokane, Washington, United States

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Keeping families together eases the burden on the foster care system and reduces issues such as homelessness and substance abuse in the long term. Former foster children in Spokane, Washington, end up relying heavily ...

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Dan Vergano

25 February 2019

Little Falls, Minnesota, United States

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Cities that invest in multi-faceted opioid addiction treatment programs succeed in lowering overdose deaths. In Little Falls, Minnesota, the idea of “medication-assisted treatment” includes combining the traditional u...

Colorado Public Radio

Natalia Navarro

19 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, four communities are piloting a program that offers low-level drug or prostitution offenders an alternative to prison. This program, known as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, matches the offender with ...

Albuquerque Journal

Ryan Boetel

11 February 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Albuquerque Police Department is rolling out a new program that aims to get people the help they need rather than place them in jail where they are likely to relapse. Similar to programs already working in other s...

North Carolina Health News

Taylor Knopf

21 January 2019

Switzerland

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By prioritizing treatment over law enforcement, Switzerland dramatically reduced its drug problem. In 1994, the country adopted a progressive policy to treat heroin addiction as a public health crisis, focusing on har...

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Katherine Barrett

Richard Greene

15 January 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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States and localities are moving beyond traditional uses of geographic information systems, also known as GIS, and into a wide array of smart, dynamic uses of the burgeoning technology. In Cincinatti, city analysts ex...

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Jeremy Cooke

8 January 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Rather than treat opioid users like criminals, Vancouver has deemed it a public health crisis. The city, especially its downtown east side, witnessed 1,500 deaths in just one year from opioid use. Its approach is uniq...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

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21 December 2018

California, United States

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After San Joaquin County adopted a slew of criminal justice reforms, crime dropped by 20 percent, the lowest number in a decade. One of the things that was implemented were speciality courts aimed at decreasing arrest...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

3 December 2018

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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The Currier Museum of Art began offering the "Art of Hope" program to families living with addiction. In group sessions, a docent guides discussion around works of art in the collection and then everyone participates ...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

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30 November 2018

Durango, Colorado, United States

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Many people struggle with some form of addiction, but not many will seek help. Young People in Recovery aims to change that by not replacing other avenues of help, but rather "enhance other forms of care" by providing...

Washington Post

Lenny Bernstein

27 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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Employers are creating “recovery friendly’ workplaces by providing support for employees with substance use disorders in the same manner as they would for employees who needed support for any other disease. A job and...

Bangor Daily News

Jackie Farwell

26 November 2018

Maine, United States

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Groups Recover Together is a for-profit clinic in Maine that helps treat people addicted to opioids. It prescribes buprenorphine, provides weekly counseling, and serves around 600 people a week at 60 clinics in the co...

CityLab

Jason Plautz

21 November 2018

Colorado, United States

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Colorado has recently adopted a new .25 percent sales tax to create a pool of funding for mental health and addiction services. The initial funds are earmarked to create a new mental health center, while the overall v...

The Guardian

Mattha Busby

21 November 2018

Denmark

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In Denmark, drugs users can safely get high inside “drug consumption rooms.” One of those is Skyken, users have access to clean needles, are allowed 24 hour access, and nurses can treat overdoses with antidotes. Evide...

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Daliah Singer

20 November 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A Phoenix gym uses CrossFit classes as an effective way to keep people in subustance use disorder recovery. The class provides non-judgmental support, community, and exercise all of which can have a beneficial effect ...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

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19 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver lawmakers and activists are working to curb drug addiction and prevent overdose deaths with legislation and services. Despite federal illegality, local legislators want to legalize safe injection sites in the s...

NPR

Andrea Hsu

Ari Shapiro

19 November 2018

Rhode Island, United States

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In order to reduce opioid related deaths, Rhode Island has taken a rare step among state prisons: offer medication and drug counseling to opioid addicts. The Rhode Island Department of Corrections gives small doses of...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

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16 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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Moms In Recovery is a New Hampshire-based program providing team-based comprehensive care for pregnant women in recovery from substance use disorder. Women in the program receive therapy, obstetric services, and prima...

Gillette News Record

Andrew Graham

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14 November 2018

North Dakota, United States

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After years of growth, the prison population in North Dakota dropped thanks to sentencing reform and a shift to rehabilitation. State officials funneled funds saved through less incarceration to a program that uses th...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

10 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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A state program is providing supports for businesses to create 'recovery friendly' workplaces for employees with substance use disorders. Supports include connecting employees with a licensed counselor, peer supports,...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

3 November 2018

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

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A New Hampshire business is an exemplar of a new state push to create “recovery friendly” businesses. For the Chameleon Group, this takes the form of managers attending drug court hearing o support workers, holding 12...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

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19 October 2018

Miami, Florida, United States

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The Miami Police Department has joined efforts with health care and social services partners to offer an alternative to prison for opioid users. The Collaborative Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery (CLEAR) program con...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

14 October 2018

Vermont, United States

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Vermont's hub-and-spoke model for medication-assisted treatment is a response to the opioid crisis that other states are working to replicate. Patients start at one of the hub facilities and then have a local care pro...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

29 September 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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A growing number of people are entering the human services field in New Hampshire in response to the opioid crisis. Local colleges are responding to the demand by offering more courses and opportunities for budding so...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

28 September 2018

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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With a new program of certified “recovery support specialists,” Alabama residents have a peer to help them navigate the challenges of everyday life in recovery from substance use disorder. Research has found that peer...

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