More Than 40 Percent of Americans Know Someone Who Died of Drug Overdose

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February 2024

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1 in 8 Adults Have Had Their Lives Disrupted by a Drug Overdose Death

More than 40 percent of Americans know someone who has died of a drug overdose and about one-third of those individuals say their lives were disrupted by the death. Read more »

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Rise in Child Suicide in the U.S. Linked in Part to the Nation's Opioid Crisis

The rise in child suicides in the United States since 2010 was fueled in part by the nation's opioid crisis, which previous studies found increased rates of child neglect and altered household living arrangements.

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Solving Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Bed Shortages

RAND researchers developed a framework to measure behavioral health treatment bed shortages. They employed this approach in four California-based analyses, the findings of which determined how many beds to build and where to build them.

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Photo by Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times TNS/ABACA via Reuters Connect

Treat Psychedelics Like Cannabis?

Similar to cannabis a decade ago, the United States is in the early days of legalizing some psychedelics for nonmedical purposes. Now is the time to make thoughtful choices.

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