1. COVID-19 exacerbates an already fractured opioid addiction treatment framework: ANALYSIS

Opioid overdoses in the United States have spiked by about 18% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program at the University of Baltimore. This, after the CDC, reported 2019 opioid overdose deaths topped over 71,000, a record high at the time. (abcnews.go.com)

2. Alcohol addiction: could the brain’s immune system be the key to understanding and treating alcoholism?

Alcohol abuse is a serious problem worldwide. In England alone, over 350,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions – and over 5,000 alcohol-related deaths – were reported in 2018. Long-term alcohol abuse can have many harmful effects on our bodies. But one of the organs most affected by alcohol is the brain. (theconversation.com)

3. Most Residential Addiction Treatment Programs Don’t Offer Live-Saving Medication

Patients seeking treatment for opioid addiction have limited access to life-saving medication, buprenorphine, in residential treatment facilities across the U.S. Research published in JAMA finds that 29% of 368 programs contacted offer the drug that helps reduce cravings for heroin or fentanyl (wbur.org)

4. Education on treatment, signs, and recovery for addiction amid a global pandemic

September is acknowledged as National Recovery Month which is used to educate people about substance abuse, treatment, and signs. (wgxa.tv)

5. Patients detail recovery from addiction during Congressman Trone visit

In a small office space in a business park on Thomas Johnson Drive in Frederick, nearly half a dozen women gathered in a small circle with Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) and some staff members. (fredericknewspost.com)