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Drug Overdoses Now Kill More Americans Than Guns
Associated Press  |  CBS News
Heroin overdose deaths rose 23 percent last year to overtake gun homicides, and deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl went up 73 percent. 

Surgeon General Report Cites Addiction as Top US Health Concern
Jeff Rowe  |  Continuum of Care News
In America, 27 million citizens struggle with addiction, and 78 people die every day from opioid overdose while only 10 percent seek treatment.

What Does the Cures Act Mean for Mental Health Care?
Irv Lichtenwald  |  HIT Consultant 
The benefits to mental health care in the 21st Century Cures Act are not hard to identify, but neither are the areas that demand more attention.

Telehealth, In-Person Visits Equally Effective for Depression Treatment
Jessica Kim Cohen  |  Becker's Hospital Review
In a study of 241 elderly patients evenly divided between telemedicine and in-person visits, no discernable pluses were identified for personal visits with counselors.

One in 6 American Adults Say They Have Taken Psychiatric Drugs
Benedict Carey  |  The New York Times
Among those who’ve take psychiatric drugs, almost 85 percent have filled multiple prescriptions, suggesting long-term dependency and issues with withdrawal.

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