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The Epidemic Within the Pandemic: Increasing Overdose Deaths

For the 12-month period ending in May 2020, the CDC reported 81,000 drug overdose deaths — the most ever recorded in a 12-month period in the United States. We interviewed Danielle F. Haley, MPH, PhD, assistant professor in the department of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health about COVID-19 and the rates of substance abuse and overdose cases.

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Scoping Review of Substance Use Among Sexual and Gender Minorities Finds Most Studies Exclude Women, Transgender Individuals, Ethnic Minorities

With the number of studies reporting sexual orientation and gender identity disparities in mental health rising in the past 20 years, sexual and gender minority individuals have been found to be at a greater risk in accessing and maintaining good health than those identifying as heterosexual. Among the highest disparity are those related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
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