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The Addiction Round Up is a monthly newsletter providing current information and research related to alcohol and other drugs.
Center for Excellence on Addiction
The Center for Excellence on Addiction is available to assist with a variety of needs related to alcohol and other drugs. If you or your organization are interested in receiving expert consultation, technical assistance and/or training, please complete this request form.

Supporting Healthy Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Alcohol Consumption Brief
Review the Center's most recent publication. This issue brief and infographic provides alcohol-related information, strategies and resources in response to national and state data which suggest an increase in the use of alcohol during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. This issue brief includes:
  • Current data related to alcohol access, sales and consumption during the pandemic;
  • Strategies to reduce drinking behavior risks; and
  • Resources to screen, evaluate, treat and support problematic use of alcohol.
Health Insurance Marketplace & Open Enrollment Extension for the 2021 Plan Year
Uninsured New Hampshire residents can purchase health insurance, following President Joe Biden's recent executive order to reopen enrollment on the Federal Affordable Care Act Exchanges (HealthCare.gov). The special enrollment period is February 15 to May 15. Covering the Care: Health Insurance Coverage in NH | 2020 Update, a publication prepared by The Institute for Health Policy and Practice, provides an overview of the health insurance landscape in New Hampshire, as well as updated policy explanations for shifts and changes in access. 

DCYF Community Response Guide
The Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) will be developing a community response guide, a web-based tool that can be used by individuals who are worried about a child or a family. The tool will guide users on how to respond to the concern, such as making a report to DCYF or connecting the family to community supports. DCYF is currently in the process of collecting data to inform the development of this guide.

NH Telehealth Alliance
The Dupont Group and UNH have created the Alliance to support a well-considered and robust telehealth industry in NH to ensure better access and cost-effective benefits of this modern healthcare structure based on telehealth services.  Yearly membership offers monthly webinars, on-demand resources, policy information and more.

NH Recovery Monument Input
Last year Chapter 22, SB 209, Laws of 2020, established a commission to create a New Hampshire recovery monument. The commission’s work is to oversee the location, design, construction, and maintenance of a New Hampshire recovery monument. The commission is seeking input and has created a short, anonymous, on-line survey to gather information and ideas. Please share with individuals and family members affected by alcohol and other drugs.

Certified Community Behavior Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grant Awardees
NH Department of Health and Human Services and The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester were two of 134 clinics awarded a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Grant recipients will work to increase access to critical integrated, evidence-based behavioral health services to those in need. 

St. Joseph Hospital Opens New Senior Behavioral Health Unit
Nashua’s St. Joseph Hospital has opened a senior behavioral health unit for those 65 and older experiencing behavioral and emotional health challenges. The 24-bed in-patient unit is staffed by a team of physicians, nurses and a variety of other disciplines with specialized training in geriatric mental health. Referrals for admission can be made by physicians, families, and patients themselves at (603) 884-5560 or by contacting SBHU Community Education Manager, Peter Burke, at pburke1@covh.org.
Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employer's Tool
A free webinar to learn about this new tool that allows businesses to input basic statistics about their workforce.

Addiction & COVID-19: A conversation with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Nora Volkow
Topics covered will include the impact on people with substance use disorders, the latest on safe and effective vaccinations for COVID-19, and the unique challenges that the pandemic has presented for people in recovery. Please submit your questions for Drs. Fauci and Volkow by Friday, March 12th. Register for webinar here.

The Art & Science of Peer Assisted Recovery
This 30-hour, week-long training serves as an alternative to the Recovery Coach Academy. More information and registration can be found on the NH Training Institute for Addictive Disorders website

What Trauma-Informed Care Has to Offer Us in the Time of Crisis
A two-hour training that will identify trauma-informed responses to the global crisis and identify practical applications for those working with our most vulnerable populations.

Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use 
This four-part webinar series introduces health professionals to the SBIRT model as a way to learn from adolescents about their substance use, talk about what might motivate them to make a decision to reduce or abstain (if needed), and execute a plan to do so.
 
Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorder: Maximizing Evidence-Based Practices
This is a 1.5 hour training with Dr. Richard Rawson which will focus on identifying clinical challenges for individuals with methamphetamine use disorders. The benefits and challenges of Contingency Management (Motivational Incentives) strategy, Community Reinforcement Approach, and exercise will be discussed. Dr. Rawson will also review TRUST, an integrated behavioral model. 

Understanding ASAM Criteria for Non-Clinicians
This is a three-hour virtual training with Paul Kiernan, LADC, focused on ASAM Criteria. The training will provide an understanding of how the Criteria are utilized to determine patient’s treatment plans and level of care placement; fixed length of stay, program-driven model and how it can result in negative outcomes.

 
SAVE-THE-DATE: Substance Misuse Prevention (SMP) Conference 2021
This conference is supported by a grant from SAMHSA, Opioid Prevention Project to the UNH Cooperative Extension, and the Partnership. The theme of this conference is "The Power of Prevention." Conference details, including registration instructions, will be released over the next few weeks. You can visit The Partnership's website for more information as it is available. 

Stimulants 2021: Epidemiology, Effects and Treatments
View this presentation recording and slide deck presented by Dr. Richard Rawson, who provides a detailed overview of stimulant use disorder.
Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers
The "Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers” tool, originally released in 2017 and updated in 2020, allows businesses to input basic statistics about their workforce. The results show estimated prevalence of substance use disorders among employees and dependents, associated costs and potential savings if employees and their family members treat substance use disorders. The Calculator examines expenses in four categories of substance use, including alcohol, prescription pain medication, marijuana, and illicit drug use. A free webinar is scheduled on March 17th to learn about this new tool. 

New SAMHSA Advisories
SAMHSA has published a series of advisories based on existing Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) and Technical Assistance Publications (TAPs). These advisories summarize updated guidance and recommendations on topics in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment field. 

Coping with COVID-19: Products from SAMHSA DTAC
The SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) has released resources that can help the public, responders and outreach workers, healthcare professionals, and families to recognize reactions to the pandemic, manage stress, and support loved ones in coping.

Methamphetamine Overdose Deaths Rise Sharply Nationwide
Methamphetamine overdose deaths surged in an eight-year period in the United States, according to a recent study. The analysis revealed rapid rises across all racial and ethnic groups, but American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest death rates overall.

Cannabis Use Disorder Triples Risk of Depression, Anxiety
A systematic review and meta-analysis has identified three-fold higher rates of major depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) among people with cannabis use disorder.

Light Smokers May Not Escape Nicotine Addiction, Study Reveals
Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and Duke University found that many light smokers — those who smoke one to four cigarettes per day or fewer — meet the criteria for nicotine addiction and should therefore be considered for treatment.
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