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Perspectives on rapid fentanyl test strips as a harm reduction practice among young adults who use drugs: a qualitative study

Of the 81 (87%) participants who returned for follow-up, the majority (n = 62, 77%) used at least one FTS, and of those, a majority found them to be useful and straightforward to use. Positive FTS results led some participants to alter their drug use behaviors, including discarding their drug supply, using with someone else, and keeping…

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Opioid Surcharge- Friends of Recovery- New York Policy Statement

On January 16, 2018, Governor Cuomo announced the following budget proposal: “A new surcharge of 2 cents per milligram of active opioid ingredient on prescription drugs, directing all proceeds to the Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Fund. This new fund will support on-going efforts to respond to the epidemic.” This policy briefing includes four sections:…

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Next steps for the recovery movement: Stay vocal, issue is bipartisan

With the loss of some recovery leaders from federal government, some advocates in the field are worried that their momentum will be lost (see ADAW, February 6). But interviews last week revealed that even without a website for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) — something which has rattled advocates who want everything…

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Moving the Field Forward: Policy, Advocacy and Education Toolkit

Soon after the passage of Health Reform legislation, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) identified 10 aspects of federal health reform that states must get right if they are to be successful in implementation. States that adopt a coordinated, strategic approach to implementing federal health reform will find that the new law contains…

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Letter to Congress About Health Care Marketplace Stabilization plan

“As you develop a market stabilization framework, we respectfully ask that benefit protections for mental health and substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services through the exchanges and individual/small group markets be maintained and that those benefits be offered consistent with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).”

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