Colleges Offer Recovery Programs for Students Battling Addiction | Healthiest Communities Health News

Stereotypical notions of college life – frat parties, keg stands and bong rips among them – could easily lead to a conclusion that the risk is too high in higher education for a student trying to recover from addiction. But colleges and universities across the US have been making a concerted effort for years to … Read more

Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News

Researchers say regulations that limit patient access to methadone may have contributed to a significant decline in supplies of the opioid use disorder medication within the US since the beginning of the pandemic. The nation’s supply of methadone per capita fell 20% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of that … Read more

Fight Addiction by Reducing Opioid Use After Surgery | Healthiest Communities Health News

Driven by dangerously potent opioids like the synthetic substance fentanyl, deaths from drug overdoses are skyrocketing. Fatal overdoses among adolescents doubled between 2019 and 2020. And Black men – who in the past had a lower risk of drug-related death than white men – were one of the two most likely demographic groups to fatally … Read more

Yakima Losing Lives As The Nation Battles Drug Overdoses

Overdose deaths continue at a record pace in the United States. New information shows a big increase in overdose deaths linked to fentanyl and methamphetamine. The United States saw a 15 percent increase in deaths from overdoses in 2021 over 2020 to 107,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overdose death … Read more

Wear It or Drop it? It’s Optional in Yakima

The mask is optional. That’s the word from Yakima City officials who say masks are now optional on both Yakima Transit buses and inside the terminal at the Yakima airport. The option to wear or drop the mask is the result of a court order that says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2021 … Read more

Can Empathy Boost a Public Health Approach to Addiction? | Healthiest Communities Health News

The first federal harm reduction grant program from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at $30 million signifies significant momentum for efforts to take a public health approach to treating addiction. The funding aims to make services such as syringe exchanges and the distribution of overdose-reversal medication more widely available. This new program … Read more