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Trump Says Punishment, Fear and Walls Will End the Opioid Epidemic. Will They?

Earlier this week, President Trump visited New Hampshire to release his “Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand.” Here, we break down some of President Trump’s statements and dive into The Buzz archives to share our stance on whether or not his approach will help end this devastating crisis.

Why We Need to Start Paying Close Attention to Methamphetamine Addiction Again

Just last week, The New York Times reported that United States border agents are seizing “10 to 20 times the amounts [of this drug] they did a decade ago.” The drug in question: methamphetamine. As our national consciousness has been  laser-focused  on the opioid epidemic, hundreds of thousands of people are struggling with addiction to this drug, commonly referred to as “meth,” “ice,” “crank,” “crystal,” “fire,” “glass,” or “speed.”

Learn About the Importance of Healthy Mother/Child Relationships from Yale Researcher Megan V. Smith, DrPH, MPH

As part of our Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Megan V. Smith, DrPH, MPH, Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine and Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Social Sciences at Yale School of Public Health, presented “Addressing Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences in Partnership with Mothers." We interviewed Dr. Smith to learn more about her fascinating research.  

5 Minutes with New York University E-Cigarette Expert, Donna Shelley, MD, MPH

As part of CASAColumbia’s Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Donna Shelley, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine, recently discussed her research on e-cigarettes. She shared her perspective on e-cigarettes’ effects on the re-normalization of smoking, marketing of e-cigarettes to kids, the role of big tobacco in e-cigarette marketing and sales, and what’s needed when it comes to future e-cigarette research. 

Sean J. Haley, PhD, MPH, Discusses Challenges Faced by Community Health Centers in the Wake of Health Care Reform

As part of CASAColumbia’s Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present some of their latest findings, Sean J. Haley, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College and CUNY School of Public Health, discussed his research on evaluating how prepared community health centers are to handle the growing need for addiction treatment services, in the wake of health care reform. 

Police Offer Treatment Over Jail Time: Applauding One Town’s Efforts to Prioritize the Public Health of its Community

The police in Gloucester, Massachusetts have taken a radical approach to combating the opioid drug epidemic affecting their citizens. The Gloucester Initiative, implemented on June 1st of this year, promises social support and treatment as opposed to stigma and jail time.

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