drug treatment

Washington State Law On Behavioral Care Balances Parental Rights, Teens’ Autonomy

When Ben Packard met with the 16-year-old girl a little over a year ago, she was a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she’d been admitted after trying to kill herself. Her parents were distraught. “They wanted to know what was going on, and why their kid wanted to die,”…

Attorneys General Tell Trump Health Law Replacement Must Fund Drug Treatment

The attorneys general of 19 states have told President Trump and Republican leaders of Congress that any replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must adequately fund drug treatment, the Associated Press reports. In a letter, the attorneys general said the initial ACA replacement plan, which was pulled from consideration…

Program Providing Treatment, Not Jail, for Those Surrendering Drugs Shows Promise

One year after it began, a program in Gloucester, Massachusetts that provides treatment instead of jail for those surrendering drugs is showing promise, according to WBUR. The program lets people come to the Gloucester police department for help getting into treatment. Since it began, more than 400 people have gone…

As Chicago’s Heroin Problem Grows, Treatment Funding in Illinois Shrinks

Chicago’s heroin problem is increasing at a time when Illinois has cut funding for drug treatment, according to a new report. A review of treatment capacity found Illinois, in just five years, fell from 28th in the nation to third worst in the nation, ahead of only Texas and Tennessee,…

Shortage of Drug Treatment for Pregnant Women Can Endanger Fetuses: Experts

The shortage of drug treatment for pregnant women can endanger fetuses, experts tell USA Today. Fewer than 2,000 of the 11,000 treatment facilities listed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration include services for pregnant women. “In many communities, women are left with very few options,” said Stephen Patrick…