Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


Officials: More seeking help for drug, alcohol use

July 31, 2020 By Patrick Cloonan

More people are seeking treatment for drug or alcohol use in the wake of COVID-19.

“We actually have seen an increase in our numbers for people who are in Medication-Assisted Treatment,” said Vince Mercuri of The Open Door in Indiana.


When it comes to addiction, words matter

July 30, 2020 By BradfordToday Staff

There are various forms of stigma:

Social stigma: when one experiences negative attitudes or behaviors toward people who use drugs.

Structural stigma: when healthcare providers or first responders ignore or do not take people with problematic substance use seriously.

Self-stigma: when people apply to themselves the negative attitudes and beliefs that they have heard from others.


Sesame Street launches online series on substance abuse

July 30, 2020 By CNN Newsource

Sesame Street is launching a new webinar series to discuss parental addiction.

Sesame Street in Communities partnered with DisposeRX to create the program for child and family therapists, first responders, community leaders and other service providers.


Despite More Awareness Of Opioid Addiction, Prescription Rates Still High

July 27, 2020 By Dean Knetter

Opioid drug addiction is recognized as a national health crisis, but doctors and dentists continue to prescribe opioid painkillers at high rates. That’s according to an NPR investigation that tracked prescriptions around the country.


FDA now requires Naloxene information on opioid labels to reduce overdoses

July 24, 2020 By Isabella Colello

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on July 23 their added requirement of changes labels on opioid pain medicine and medicine to treat opioid use disorder.

The required changes recommend that health care professionals consider prescribing naloxone when they prescribe OUD treatments. The recommendations state that health care professionals consider prescribing naloxone those who are at risk of opioid overdose.


Maine to launch ‘rapid response team’ to combat opioid crisis

July 23, 2020 By Joe Lawlor

Gordon Smith, Maine’s director of opioid response, said one of the gaps in the state’s response to the opioid crisis is finding people with substance use disorder and getting them into recovery programs. Smith said many details on the rapid response team are being worked on, but he envisions a group that includes social workers who visit the homes of people who overdosed and try to connect them with treatment.


COVID-19 has led to surge in opioid overdoses. Here’s how we can confront the stigma.

July 21, 2020 By Gary Mendell

Social distancing, which has led to the loss of support from family and friends, has made worse the sense of isolation those who are addicted already feel because of the unjust stigma associated with this illness.

Treatment and recovery support also have become more difficult to access because of the pandemic.


Combating the stigma of opioid dependency with the help of architecture and emotions

July 21, 2020 By Archinect News

Emotions, Architecture, Opioids presents a unique opportunity to explore how architecture can function and solve problems on multiple levels: concretely (administering methadone), abstractly (combating stigma), and how a combination of design and concept can become more than the sum of its parts – a Bilbao effect of sorts, but with social undertones.


Doctors And Dentists Still Flooding U.S. With Opioid Prescriptions

July 17, 2020 By Brian Mann

Despite widespread devastation caused by America’s opioid epidemic, an investigation by NPR found that doctors and other health care providers still prescribe highly addictive pain medications at rates widely considered unsafe.


Drug overdose deaths soar amid pandemic: ‘What we need to do is replace stigma with hope’

July 16, 2020 By Angela Sanchez

“There’s no shame in seeking treatment. There’s only a downside in not seeking treatment,” said Dr. Michael Genovese.