Category: Addiction, Blog, State of Affairs

STATE OF AFFAIRS: Southeast Shares What’s Happening In Fight Against Addiction

July 14th, 2016

ONE YEAR LATER: Addiction Campuses Asks “Where Are They Now?” An Update on the Progress of the Southeastern States   (July 13, 2016) – Over a year ago, Addiction Campuses took to the streets to bring you the most up-to-the-minute, detailed accounts of our nation’s drug epidemic state by state. We spoke with the nation’s top leaders in addiction, recovery,… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: Mid-Atlantic Makes Strides In Combating Addiction

June 30th, 2016

ONE YEAR LATER: Addiction Campuses Asks “Where Are They Now?” An Update on the Progress of the Mid-Atlantic States   (June 30, 2016) – Over a year ago, Addiction Campuses took to the streets to bring you the most up-to-the-minute, detailed accounts of our nation’s drug epidemic state by state. We spoke with the nation’s top leaders in addiction, recovery,… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: New England Battles Back In The Drug Epidemic

June 23rd, 2016
State of Affairs: New England

ONE YEAR LATER: Addiction Campuses Asks, “Where Are They Now?” An Update on the Progress in New England   (June 23, 2016) –  Over a year ago, Addiction Campuses took to the streets to bring you the most up-to-the-minute, detailed accounts of our nation’s drug epidemic state by state. We spoke with the nation’s top leaders in addiction, recovery, law… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: The United States One Year Later

June 16th, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2016) – When we started the State of Affairs column over a year ago, we saw a problem in the United States – silence. We saw embarrassment, shame, and a proactive mission for people everywhere to convince themselves that “it’s not happening here”. We saw over 120 people dying every day from an opiate epidemic that… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: New CDC Guidelines Could Put Pressure on Oklahoma Doctors

March 17th, 2016

  OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – (March 17, 2016) – We’ve seen it a countless number of times. An innocent prescription turns deadly for 40 people every day in the United States. But in Oklahoma, which ranks 10th in overdoses nationwide, some doctors say new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control aren’t practical, and could do more harm than… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program Launched in North Dakota

March 10th, 2016

  BISMARCK, N.D. (March 10, 2016) – Home to the exact geographical center of North America, the state of North Dakota is also center to a new program aimed at giving more people access to education in behavioral healthcare. Students in addiction treatment will receive relief of their loan payback for up to five years.   The state’s Legislature provided… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: Addiction to Opioids Reaches Full-Blown Epidemic in North Carolina

March 3rd, 2016
State Of Affairs North Carolina

Fatalities Due to Drug Abuse Hit Record Levels RALEIGH, N.C. (March 3, 2016) – Drug overdose took the lives of 1,358 people in the state of North Carolina during 2014 – more than the number who died in traffic accidents. “For far too long, the conventional thinking was that drug addiction was a choice made by criminals who are already… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: New Mexico Leads Nation in Alcohol-Related Deaths for Nearly 2 Decades

February 25th, 2016
New Mexico alcohol rates

SANTA FE, New Mexico – New Mexico has lead the nation every year since 1997 with the highest rates of alcohol-related traffic deaths. 12,268 cases of DWI went through its courts in 2014, and more alcohol-related deaths take place there than in any other state at 51 per 100,000 people. From 2006-2010, excessive use of alcohol cut the average New… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: One in 4 Children on Nebraska Indian Reservation Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

February 18th, 2016

STATE OF AFFAIRS: One in 4 Children on Nebraska Indian Reservation Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Four Stores Sell Nearly 4 Million Cans of Beer Annually   LINCOLN, Nebraska – According to a recent report, it’s estimated that one out of every 4 children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the Cornhusker State are born with fetal alcohol syndrome…. more

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President Obama Proposes $1.1B in New Funding to Address Prescription Opioid Epidemic

February 5th, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that opioids were involved in 28,648 deaths in 2014. According to the White House, between 2002-2013, the number of heroin-related deaths in America nearly quadrupled.   The President announced Tuesday a proposal that would invest $1.1 billion in the 2017 budget proposal to address the epidemic…. more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: Minnesota Arrests in Connection with Overdose Deaths Increase

January 28th, 2016
Minnesota drug arrests

STATE OF AFFAIRS: Minnesota Authorities: Arrests in Connection with Overdose Deaths More Common Appeals Court Says DUI Warrant Can Now Test for Drugs PAUL, Minnesota – The Minnesota employment rate has started 2016 strong by adding about 9000 jobs for the second month in a row, and it seems that’s not all that’s growing in the state. Authorities say there… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: Maine Passes $3.7 Million Addiction Bill

January 21st, 2016

Maine Passes $3.7 Million Addiction Bill Bipartisan Effort Grows to Fight Epidemic   AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul LePage wasted no time signing a bill unanimously passed by the state House and Senate Tuesday, in response to Maine’s growing number of overdoses and lack of treatment options.   “I’m pleased the House and Senate incorporated the common-sense recommendations of the… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: Iowa Sees 762 Drug Overdose ER Visits

December 31st, 2015

STATE OF AFFAIRS: Iowa Sees 762 Drug Overdose ER Visits 44 Deaths from Opioid Overdose   DES MOINES, Iowa – With the Iowa caucuses just weeks away, Presidential hopefuls are converging on the Hawkeye state while poll numbers are watched closely with anticipation. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Ripley’s Believe It or Not calls Snake Alley in… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: Idaho Sees Movement in Fight Against Opioid Addiction

December 17th, 2015
Idaho Fights Against Opioid Addiction

STATE OF AFFAIRS: Idaho Sees Movement in Fight Against Opioid Addiction 16% of State’s High School Students Abuse Prescription Drugs   BOISE, Idaho – The Gem State in recent years has seen an increase in prescription drug abuse, specifically among youth, according to recent studies, as Recovery Idaho shows its first results since its March 2014 launch, and the state… more

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STATE OF AFFAIRS: Only 23 States Increased Mental Health Spending in 2015

December 10th, 2015

STATE OF AFFAIRS: Only 23 States Increased Mental Health Spending in 2015 Congress Slow to Act on Nation’s Epidemic   ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released its annual survey of mental health care legislation this week, applauding Minnesota and Virginia as leaders in mental health reform. Disappointing was the fact that even after heroin overdose… more

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