University of California San Francisco: New Industry Documents Highlight Role of Pharmacies in Driving Opioid Epidemic

University of California San Francisco: New Industry Documents Highlight Role of Pharmacies in Driving Opioid Epidemic. “Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have added new documents to the Opioid Industry Documents Archive that detail the role of retail pharmacies in the opioid overdose epidemic.”

Iowa Attorney General: IowaOpioidHelp. com provides resources for Iowans with Opioid Use Disorder

Iowa Attorney General: IowaOpioidHelp. com provides resources for Iowans with Opioid Use Disorder. “IowaOpioidHelp.com provides a pathway to recovery for Iowans with Opioid Use Disorder and their loved ones. Visitors to the website will learn about Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT), a proven method of using FDA-approved drugs to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms for people with opioid use disorder…. An interactive map at IowaOpioidHelp.com shows a list of MAT and OUD clinics contracted with the State of Iowa.”

WUSF: An online tool to find addiction treatment launches in Florida

WUSF: An online tool to find addiction treatment launches in Florida. “The online assessment and treatment locator is called ATLAS, and it’s designed to serve individuals struggling with addiction or concerned friends and family who are searching on their behalf. Users can fill out a questionnaire to get recommendations about the types of treatments that may benefit them, depending on their situation. Those could involve outpatient or residential programs, as well as additional services like mental health care or medication-assisted treatment.”

Bloomberg: Twitch’s Gambling Boom Is Luring Gamers Into Crypto Casinos

Bloomberg: Twitch’s Gambling Boom Is Luring Gamers Into Crypto Casinos. “These days, ‘slots’ is the seventh most popular content category on Twitch, ahead of the video game Fortnite. Many streamers are paid handsomely to take part in the activity. One popular streamer said he makes “much more” than $1 million a month as part of his sponsorship with Stake to crypto gamble in front of live audiences on Twitch.”

New Hampshire Bulletin: Little by little, the state is seeing progress in its efforts to reduce drug overdose deaths

New Hampshire Bulletin: Little by little, the state is seeing progress in its efforts to reduce drug overdose deaths. “There is no question the state has made progress fighting the drug overdose epidemic. But evaluating that success – and deciding where to invest resources – requires looking at the details, not a single metric…. The Department of Health and Human Services also just unveiled a new website tracking trends associated with opioid use and the outcomes of treatment.”

KCRA: Bill would allow lawsuits against social media companies for addicting children

KCRA: Bill would allow lawsuits against social media companies for addicting children. “A new assembly bill being introduced in California would put big tech companies on the hook if children get addicted to the technology and experience side effects, like depression or even suicide. The bill would establish that companies running big social media platforms, like TikTok and Instagram, would have a duty not to addict children. Violating that duty could then open them up to facing lawsuits.”

Wales Online: Social media gambling adverts ‘more appealing to children than adults’ – research

Wales Online: Social media gambling adverts ‘more appealing to children than adults’ – research. “A study carried out by the University of Bristol found that disguised gambling marketing and adverts for esports betting proved particularly enticing for under 25s, as they triggered positive emotions. More than 650 children, young people and adults across the UK were surveyed between May and July 2021, with the vast majority of the adults stating they felt wary or annoyed by gambling adverts, whereas children mainly reacted positively.”

12 News: Arizona offers tool to help residents find treatment for opioid addictions

12 News: Arizona offers tool to help residents find treatment for opioid addictions. “The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System has a new online map that can help residents find providers for treating addictions to opioids. Users can enter their zip code into the AHCCCS website and find a list of nearby recovery centers that offer in-patient treatment programs or doses of Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication.”

Personalised gambling adverts: a troubling new trend (The Conversation)

The Conversation: Personalised gambling adverts: a troubling new trend. “There’s a new type of gambling advert being used online and on social media to try and appeal to viewers, recent research has shown. Unlike on television, these online advertisements can be more personalised, interactive and may be harder to distinguish from other content. For example, gambling companies will use methods like taking polls on the winning team of a football match to entice users to engage with them. Although the effect of these advertisements is relatively unknown, early research suggests that it is likely they will increase consumer engagement with gambling.”

Mental Health for All: New York City Launches First Ever Comprehensive Website and Public Education Campaign To Connect New Yorkers to Mental Health Resources (NYC Health + Hospitals)

NYC Health + Hospitals: Mental Health for All: New York City Launches First Ever Comprehensive Website and Public Education Campaign To Connect New Yorkers to Mental Health Resources. “Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray today unveiled a new comprehensive website and public education campaign to help New Yorkers navigate all the mental health resources available to them and find substance misuse support that meets their needs.”

TechCrunch: Opioid addiction treatment apps found sharing sensitive data with third parties

TechCrunch: Opioid addiction treatment apps found sharing sensitive data with third parties. “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to reduce transmission in the U.S, telehealth services and apps offering opioid addiction treatment have surged in popularity…. While people accessing these services may have a reasonable expectation of privacy of their healthcare data, a new report from ExpressVPN’s Digital Security Lab, compiled in conjunction with the Opioid Policy Institute and the Defensive Lab Agency, found that some of these apps collect and share sensitive information with third parties, raising questions about their privacy and security practices.”