Supervised Injection Facilities: A Controversial but Proven Solution to a Deadly Epidemic

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By Amanda Li and Michele Calvo In 1995, at the peak of the United States’ HIV/AIDS epidemic, 43,115 people died from the disease within that one year alone. Now, in 2017, we are facing an even deadlier epidemic: the opioid crisis. Drug overdoses are currently taking more lives than the HIV/AIDS epidemic did at its peak; in 2015 alone, over …

The Future of Mental Health is Unclear

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Mental disorders and substance abuse have widespread, disabling burdens on our health and communities. Over 20% of people in New York suffer from mental illness-related symptoms every year, and 1 in every 10 people experience symptoms severe enough to hinder their day-to-day functioning. Moreover, across New York State, nearly 2 million people are …

HHS releases guidance on how to request funds for syringe support services

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By Michele Calvo, Policy Associate A recent public health victory has gone quietly unnoticed: the 2016 federal budget agreement revised the ban on the use of federal funds for syringe support services. As a result, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released guidance for state, local, tribal and territorial health departments on how to request funds to …

White House Announces Multi-Level Efforts Responding to Prescription Drugs & Heroin: A Guest Post from the Advancing Prevention Project

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Last week, President Obama announced a set of multi-sectoral actions responding to the growing problems associated with opioid and heroin use. The White House’s announcement is an encouraging, albeit modest step in the right direction towards supporting a range of prevention activities. Federal actions include increasing prescriber training and improving access to medication-assisted treatment. The announcement was also accompanied by state, local, …

Opioid Overdose Prevention – A guest post from the Advancing Prevention Project

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Demonstrating its commitment to fighting the prescription drug epidemic, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the recipients of the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States awards, a new project created to support states as they attempt to reverse the prescription drug overdose epidemic.  The 16 states that were each given four-year awards between $750,000 and $1 …