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2 Nov 2016 Healthcare

“Comprehensive Guide Delivers Presidential Candidates’ stance on Addiction Treatment” and Three Other Stories you Should Read

Kelsey Galles
Kelsey Galles
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This week PBS released a presidential election guide for understanding the candidates’ stance on drug addiction; Yale School of Medicine released a report about youth opioid overdoses, and a federal report showed the impact of parental drug use on the foster care system. If you missed these and other top industry stories, we have you covered.

Comprehensive guide delivers presidential candidates’ stance on addiction treatment

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Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree that drug use is a major concern in the United States. PBS delivered a comprehensive guide this week which details where each candidate stands in terms of funding programs and policies, stopping the supply of drugs, preventing drug use, treating addiction, and the criminalization of drug use.

This report is a great starting point for all Americans, but especially those in the addiction treatment space to understand how the next president will shape discussions and decisions surrounding the drug crisis in America.

Report shows rise in opioid overdoses among children

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Researchers from Yale School of Medicine reported that drug overdoses more than doubled among children between 1997 and 2012. The largest increase over time was among children aged 1 to 4 years old, and researchers confirmed that the majority of these poisonings were accidental. Teens aged 15-19 saw a 303 percent increase in accidental poisonings, but also saw a 140 percent increase in suicidal overdoses.

This research is vital in understanding an overlooked facet of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. — the pediatric community. While much discussion has been focused on patient education surrounding risk for dependence and compliance with prescriptions, it’s also clear that parental education is needed to reduce the likelihood of youth exposure to opioids.

Medicaid changes in some states moving to encourage more addiction counseling

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Some states are changing their Medicaid reimbursement structure for addiction treatment by providing funds for counseling and related medical services as needed instead of dispensing flat-rate payments for treatment.

This shift represents opportunity for individualized care and a more holistic approach to addiction treatment. As government and private insurance companies begin to tilt toward more inclusive reimbursement options, treatment centers can begin to shift their programs toward comprehensive recovery options that include counseling and related mental health care.

Annual report shows US foster care number rising, parental drug abuse a factor

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According to a federal report released Thursday, the number of children in the U.S. foster system has increased for the third year in a row. The report indicates that a major factor for this increase is the increasing rates of drug abuse among parents.

As the drug crisis continues to expand, the circle of those impacted continues to grow as well. The impact on families runs deep and indicates the need for comprehensive recovery options that include family counseling.

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