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.”

Delaware: ATLAS™ Website Launches to Help Delawareans Navigate to Appropriate Addiction Treatment

Delaware: ATLAS™ Website Launches to Help Delawareans Navigate to Appropriate Addiction Treatment . “The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced the launch of ATLAS™, the first resource of its kind to help those looking for addiction treatment find high-quality and appropriate care. This online platform, http://www.TreatmentATLAS.org, provides the public and decision makers across the state with transparent data on the use of evidence-based medical practices and patient experiences at addiction treatment facilities. ATLAS will empower Delawareans to seek the treatment that is most likely to put them on the path to recovery at a time when it is more necessary than ever.” This treatment directory includes other states, but Delaware is new.

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: COVID-19 means long stretch of stormy weather for people with alcohol and substance use disorders

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: COVID-19 means long stretch of stormy weather for people with alcohol and substance use disorders. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment that is particularly problematic for individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders (ASUD), according to physician scientists at the National Institutes of Health. In a commentary now online in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers liken the global coronavirus emergency to a ‘perfect storm,’ with dire consequences for ASUD prevention and treatment that may endure after the pandemic.”

Brandeis University: New Online Tool to Help Communities Respond to the Opioid Crisis, with COVID-19-related Resources

Brandeis University: New Online Tool to Help Communities Respond to the Opioid Crisis, with COVID-19-related Resources. “The Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector (BORC) website (opioid-resource-connector.org) offers stakeholders more than 150 community-based program models across the continuum of care, which can serve as models for initiatives and policies aimed at reducing opioid addiction and overdose.”

The Register: ‘Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it…’ Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam

The Register: ‘Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it…’ Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam. “An investigator who asked to remain anonymous provided The Register with research detailing online advertising in the substance abuse treatment industry, including a review of Google search results listings and how they’re informed by Google My Business data, which companies provide about themselves to identify their store locations and hours. It appears that many of these are just front organizations, intended to pick up people desperate for care and with the insurance to pay for it.”