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The New York Times

Matt Richtel

28 November 2020

United States

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Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous are turning to Zoom and other telehealth tools to maintain a connection with clients during the coronavirus pandemic. While data are lacking about "the effectiveness of onli...

Mountain Grown Community Radio (KVNF)

Laura Palmisano

17 November 2020

Olathe, Colorado, United States

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Haven House, a faith-based provider of transitional housing for families experiencing homelessness, offers a safe place to live while working to reunite families that face possible loss of child custody over their hou...

The Boston Globe

Dan Adams

2 November 2020

United States

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Drug courts can help some people with serious drug problems who face serious criminal charges, if such court programs are run carefully, based on evidence-based approaches. But, too often, such courts – which push cri...

The Current

Christiaan Mader

28 October 2020

Colfax, Louisiana, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic caused organizations and businesses to shut their doors, some medical practices, such as facilities that treat addiction, found relief by moving to telehealth services. In Lousiana, "emer...

The New York Times

Abby Goodnough

27 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A substance abuse program known as contingency management offers incentives to those who to stay in treatment and remain abstinent from the use of drugs. Although not all agree with the merits of the program and quest...

The Oregonian

Molly Harbarger

Melissa Lewis

25 October 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Temporary housing providing drug treatment and other services to people experiencing homelessness appears to cut the chances that people arrested in Portland on minor charges will cycle repeatedly through the criminal...

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Lisa Bartfai

12 October 2020

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine, United States

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The Penobscot Nation's Healing to Wellness Court is a drug court, diverting people charged with drug offenses from possible fines and jail into therapy. But it has an added cultural element, providing traditional heal...

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Helen Redmond

17 September 2020

United States

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The LEAD program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion), which was launched in Seattle in 2011 and is used in such cities as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, provides intensive case managemen...

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Margaret Carmel

8 September 2020

Boise, Idaho, United States

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An emergency shelter, a housing nonprofit, the City of Boise, and the Boise Police Department came together to coordinate efforts and give assistance to the growing number of residents experiencing homelessness and li...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

10 August 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Although COVID-19 has taken a toll on the healthcare industry, some providers and clinics have figured out a way to eliminate barriers during this time for those seeking treatment. According to the director of the Beh...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 August 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has largely led to the expansion and adoption of telemedicine, which has helped those seeking treatment for addictions more easily access care. Although advocates of medication-assisted treatm...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

4 June 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Alamosa, Colorado, gives police officers the option of sending people to substance abuse treatment rather than straight into the criminal justice system. Used i...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

28 May 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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Alamosa, Colorado has lowered its jail population and the number of felony cases and arrests, and has broken the cycle of repeat offending, by diverting people with drug problems from prosecution into treatment. The l...

WBUR

Deborah Becker

21 May 2020

United States

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When the pandemic hit, substance abuse centers had to quickly adapt and determine how they would stay in touch with patients who may be more likely than ever to use. Around-the-clock phone lines, telehealth, and take-...

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Roshan Abraham

20 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York City is piloting a methadone distribution system for residents struggling with opioid addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially intended to avoid unnecessary visits to medical centers, the model is no...

100 Days in Appalachia

Fernando Alfonso III

14 May 2020

Kentucky, United States

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Stay-at-home orders and social distancing can worsen opioid addiction problems, and so some health providers, social media, and agencies in opioid-heavy Appalachia have devised ways to turn a threat into an opportunit...

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Damien Fisher

3 May 2020

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire's community mental health centers are working together to deliver both in-person and telehealth services to community members during the coronavirus pandemic. All 10 of the state's centers are "sharing i...

The Atlantic

Beth Macy

1 May 2020

Batesville, Indiana, United States

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To close a gap in drug treatment that often denies help to people who end up jailed, a hospital employee schooled in the strong evidence of effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment cobbled together a program usi...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

27 April 2020

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has prompted health insurance companies to support coverage of telemedicine across the United States, and in New Hampshire, mental health counselors are seeing many advantages to the practice....

Kaiser Health News

Phil Galewitz

23 April 2020

Walnut Creek, California, United States

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Addiction experts have been offering online counseling for addiction patients for years but have also been working to change a federal law that required patients seeking medications to help with withdrawals to first m...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Aubrey Whelan

22 April 2020

Lisbon, Portugal

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When faced with an opioid crisis, the government in Portugual made a drastic decision to decriminalize drug use. This shift in policy allowed for a shift in perspective – addiction problems could now be treated as a p...

The Sierra Nevada Ally

Jessica Santina

12 April 2020

Reno, Nevada, United States

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When the size of group gatherings began to be limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19, recovery programs had to rethink how to hold meetings – such as moving groups to online formats. Although there are limitations ...

The Atavist Magazine

Max Blau

March 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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A mother's grief and a doctor's determination led to the first syringe-exchange center in Florida – a significant first step in increasing conversation around the merits of harm reduction policies. Since opening, the ...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Tyrone Turner

5 March 2020

Hagerstown, Maryland, United States

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Named after his daughter who overdosed, a former narcotics police officer created Brooke's House, a women's treatment facility in Maryland. Combining methodologies and using multiple approaches, the program works to h...

The New York Times

Dan Levin

23 February 2020

Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States

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In Carter County, Tennessee, where an opioid crisis is underway, elementary-aged children and teenagers are being taught how to administer the overdose reversal nasal spray, Narcan. Although this strategy has faced op...

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