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Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Preventing Overdose Deaths During High Risk Transition Periods

The rate of drug overdose deaths has increased substantially over the past decade, but there are opportunities to address this growing concern. The risk of overdose death is particularly heightened when individuals with substance/opioid use disorder (SUD; OUD) encounter a transition in their lives, such as completing OUD treatment or being released from a correctional facility (e.g., prison or jail).
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

School-Based Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Prevention Strategies & Programs

As a primary setting for youth development, schools can play a key role in substance misuse prevention. From school contexts (e.g., in the classroom, after school programs) to facilitators (e.g., teachers, nurses, peer mentors), there are strategies policymakers can consider to maximize youths’ access to and participation in school-based substance misuse prevention programs.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Strategies to Support the Needs of Substance-Exposed Infants: Services & Monitoring

Prenatal substance exposure is a significant public health problem that can lead to multiple negative consequences for infants and their families. Although multifaceted care is critical for the health and well-being of both parents and their children, there are barriers to pregnant individuals receiving care for substance use.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Strategies to Support the Needs of Substance-Exposed Infants: Screening & Notification

The stigma and punitive policies surrounding substance use disorders can pose a significant obstacle for pregnant individuals and families in seeking care for their substance use disorder - care which could prevent detrimental outcomes associated with untreated addiction for individuals and their children.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Preventing Substance Use Disorders with Prescription Opioid Labeling

Prescription opioid misuse can increase the risk of dependence and is one driver of the opioid epidemic. From 1999 to 2020, more than 263,000 people across the country died from overdoses directly involving prescription opioids.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Support for People with Substance Use Disorders: Crisis and Peer Supports

As the opioid epidemic continues to be a major public health crisis with record-breaking deaths, policies that promote services for people with substance use disorders (SUDs) beyond clinics and in-patient facilities can help support treatment and recovery.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Audio

Episode 10: Exploring PacMAT, The Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment Program

For our March episode, we explore the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment Program, or PacMAT, which builds evidence-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from opioid use disorder. Currently, there are 14 PacMAT centers throughout Pennsylvania that utilize a hub-and-spoke model.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Teen and College Student Alcohol Use During COVID-19

Excessive alcohol use costs the US an estimated $249 billion each year.[1] The COVID-19 pandemic has affected young people in ways that may increase their risk for heavy alcohol use.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Providing Support to Parents with Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced unique challenges for parents with substance use disorders (SUDs). Although some barriers have been alleviated (e.g., medication assisted treatment is more accessible for some and telehealth is broadly available), COVID-19 has still resulted in barriers to support for parents with SUDs.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Policy Recommendations for Excessive Alcohol Use Amid COVID-19

Excessive alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States[i] and has been made worse by the stress, anxiety, depression, and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Audio

Episode 5 – The Stigma Of The Opioid Crisis

What is there left to say about the opioid crisis that has not already been said? It’s claimed thousands of lives, torn apart families and communities, strained our country’s already fractured healthcare system, and cost the economy billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars. If burning a path through communities for the last twenty years was not enough, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many individuals and families to endure joblessness, potential homelessness, and other uncertainties, causing a spike in substance use and subsequently, overdoses.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

COVID-19 and Opioid Risk Mitigation

Improve Access to Items Needed to Reduce Harm Associated with Opioid Misuse.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Substance Abuse Treatment: Predictors of Success and Accountability

Addiction is a complex disease, and there is no “one-size fits all.” Treatment should be personalized, measure progress over time, and develop a long-term strategy for continuing care after treatment.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Written Briefs

Substance Use Treatment for Women

Many women who use substances are mothers with minor children or are of reproductive age.
Family Impact Seminars
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Events and Videos

Indiana Family Impact Seminar #20

Diversion Programs at the Intersection of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Family Impact Seminars
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Events and Videos

Virginia Family Impact Seminar #2

Substance Abuse Prevention: Policies, Programs and Strategies for Virginia’s Youth
Family Impact Seminars
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Events and Videos

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #10

Building Resiliency and Reducing Risk: What Youth Need from Families and Communities to Succeed
Family Impact Seminars
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Events and Videos

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #8

Programs and Policies to Prevent Youth Crime, Smoking and Substance Use: What Works?

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