Being Mindful About Changing Psychedelic Policy

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NOV 2020

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Being Mindful About Changing Psychedelic Policy

The question for California isn't really if psychedelic policy will change, but more likely how. If policymakers seek to shape these discussions, they may want to do so in a deliberate manner — and soon. Read more »

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Police Officers, Stigma, and the Opioid Crisis

Stigma of substance use disorders is one barrier to fighting the opioid crisis. Researchers measured levels of stigma among a sample of police officers. Findings suggest the need for greater training on substance use addiction for police officers, particularly courses that focus on neurobiology and addiction.

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Alcohol Consumption Rises Sharply During Pandemic Shutdown

American adults have sharply increased their alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 shutdown, with women increasing their heavy-drinking episodes (four or more drinks within a couple of hours) by 41 percent.

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New Prevention Research Project Combines Two Effective RAND Initiatives

The Project ALERT - GTO study assesses the effectiveness of the Project Alert substance use prevention program alone and in combination with implementation support through a system called Getting to Outcomes® (GTO).

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Photo courtesy of Dan Smee

There's Help for Veterans with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Many post-9/11 veterans who have PTSD or depression also struggle with substance use. There are clinically proven treatments to help break the cycle of the co-occurring disorders, but the VA and other facilities need guidance on how to expand and enhance treatment opportunities for these veterans.

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Beau Kilmer

Beau Kilmer

Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center