Decaturish: Dear Decaturish – In response to coronavirus, resources for addicts move online. “In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, something amazing is happening that I think most people don’t realize. It’s historical but if you’re not a part of the 12-Step community you might not even know that it’s happening. For the first time in its entire history, an entire subsect of American culture is going digital. Millions of people, who suffer from alcoholism and addiction, are taking their meetings online. Over a dozen meetings in Decatur alone will now be streamed over the internet.”
MSN News: Federal database of addiction treatment providers outdated, study finds. “There’s a rallying cry heard often in the battle against opioid addiction: People with opioid use disorder need immediate access to treatment, particularly the medications that stop cravings and prevent overdoses. But a study published this week in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that one avenue to addiction treatment — a federal database of clinicians who prescribe buprenorphine, a key antiaddiction medication — is rife with inaccuracies and unlikely to connect patients with care.”
AP: White House launches website aimed at addiction treatment. “[The site] modernizes an obscure directory of 13,000 licensed treatment providers maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, adding user-friendly search criteria and tools. For instance, it will now allow users to search based on the type of treatment sought — such as inpatient, detox or telemedicine — by payment option and whether the treatment is medication-assisted.”
CNET: Google Maps adds tools to find drug addiction recovery resources. “Google on Thursday said it’s adding tools to its Maps app to help people recover from drug addiction. The search giant said it launching a new feature for Google Maps that shows people where to go to attend more than 83,000 recovery meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous gatherings. The meetings take place in more than 33,000 locations, such as community centers or churches.”
Pennsylvania: Wolf Administration Announces Comprehensive Tool to Help Individuals Identify Resources for Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Related Support Services. “The Wolf Administration today announced the launch of the Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART), an online resource designed to help Pennsylvanians seeking substance use disorder treatment for themselves or a loved one find treatment options and other related services in their area. The tool is a centralized hub that consolidates available resources to assist people looking for services but are not sure where to begin.”
TechCrunch: Google slowly lifting ban on addiction center ads after adding vetting process . “Google will now allow ads to run on addiction-related keywords and phrases after a nearly year-long ban instituted to crack down on shady providers cashing in on vulnerable patients. A small group of providers vetted by a third party have been approved by the company to appear in results for searches like ‘help quitting pills’ or ‘meth addiction.'”
News Channel 9: Tennessee launches new website to help people find mental health resources fast. “Tennesseans have a new way to find mental health and substance abuse resources and information fast. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) unveiled its new Fast Facts website Thursday.” The site includes directories of various services… and the services covered do include substance abuse and addiction.