Researchers at National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA) are testing a new online program to prevent drug abuse in high school students, especially since most schools are shifting to remote learning. The e-LST program teaches students valuable life skills to help them avoid drug use and other health risks.   

According to a study in San Francisco, sudden deaths are often assumed to be caused by a failing heart. About 17 percent of deaths assumed to be caused by cardiac arrest may actually have resulted from drug overdose. Opioids were involved in 46,802 overdose deaths in the US in 2018, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

According to Shawna Wasko at the Office on Aging, Idaho ranks sixth in the nation for grandparents acting as parents, and drug use is one of the contributing factors. The Office of Aging does have support groups for grandparents who are helping to raise their grandchildren. 

New research shows that high opioid use can cause partial or full hearing loss. According to executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center, research shows that any opioid can cause hearing loss. 

According to the American Medical Association, more than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality. Experts say telehealth still isn’t reaching key groups suffering from addiction. Telemedicine could help reduce the danger posed to high-risk patients seeking medical attention amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

According to a new University of Colorado Boulder study of nearly 12,000 youth, as many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. New research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children’s sleep for as much as a decade.   

“Since COVID-19 outbreak drug overdoses and relapses have been on the rise. The director of the National Institute on Drug Addiction, estimates that drug overdoses have increased 30-40 percent since the outbreak. Due to COVID-19 people who do need help are hesitant to get it, while those who started treatment are relapsing because of isolation. “

“The number of opioid-related deaths being investigated by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has doubled in the first six months of this year compared to the same time period last year. The medical examiner’s office said Tuesday it likely has confirmed around 770 opioid deaths so far and has another 580 pending cases, most of which will likely be overdose-related. In 2019, the first half of the year marked 605 opioid-related deaths. And for all of 2019, there were 1,267 opioid-related deaths, Chief Medical Examiner Ponni Arunkumar said during a morning news conference.”

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has expedited its process to release emergency grants to strengthen access to treatments for substance use disorders and mental illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.