Opioid overdoses, which killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, are now the leading cause of death among people younger than 50. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports prescription opioids have driven the increase in opioid overdose deaths over the last 15 years.
The number of opioids sold has nearly quadrupled since 1999, even though Americans report no more pain than they did 15 years ago. Opioid overdoses kill 91 Americans each day. Prescription opioids account for almost half of all opioid deaths. Ohio recently filed suit against five opioid manufacturers, claiming the drug companies misrepresented the addiction risk inherent in their products.
Researchers predict deaths from opioids and other drugs will exceed 59,000 when statistics for 2016 are finalized. The figure could be as high as 65,000.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced plans to reinvigorate the war on drugs. Those plans include harsh mandatory minimums for a range of drug crimes. President Donald Trump recently established a commission to fight opioid addiction. His administration has also been criticized for proposing a 95% cut to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s budget.
Apps can be a distraction or source of stress at work, but they can also improve psychological well-being. The right app can be particularly effective at sharpening mindfulness, instilling good habits, and offering virtual therapy options.
UK Schoolchildren Attempting Suicide to Qualify for Mental Health Treatment, Say Charities and Teachers
Young people in the United Kingdom face long waits and other significant barriers to mental health care. Research shows about a quarter of children seeking care from the National Health Service (NHS) are turned away because their conditions are not serious enough. Some young people have attempted suicide to access the help they need.
Many LGBQ students may find campus mental health services inaccessible, causing them to seek care off campus. A new study suggests California LGBQ students need campus mental health services more, but use them less frequently. Compared to heterosexual students, LGBQ students were 87% more likely to seek mental health services, but most of them sought help off campus.
A variety of laws make it illegal for most businesses, including hotels, to discriminate against people with disabilities, including those with mental health disabilities. But a new study suggests owners of Airbnb rentals routinely discriminate against people with disabilities. Hosts pre-approved 75% of people who did not mention disabilities, but rates fell dramatically when disabilities were disclosed. Just 25% of people with spinal cord injuries were approved for an Airbnb stay, compared to 43% of people with cerebral palsy and 50% of people with blindness.
A new Facebook chatbot, which users can access through the social media platform’s messenger service, uses principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help users with mental health concerns. The bot is completely automated and does not offer therapy or serve as a substitute for therapy. Instead, it aims to help users feel less alone by offering support and referrals to mental health services.
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