What do final exams and the holidays have in common?  They are both major stressors for many students during the last two months of the year.  Yet students seem to feel stressed throughout the entire year, not just this traditionally busy time according to CDC and WHO data.  According to the CDCsuicide rates are on the rise, and depression, according to The World Health Organization (WHO) has become one of the top disabilities in the world.  For young adults those number are even higher than the average for adults.  UCLA has been surveying incoming college freshman for nearly fifty years, and findings from a 2016 survey that questioned 137,456 incoming freshman at 184 colleges uncovered some startling results. The survey found “students’ self-rated emotional health dropped to 47.3%,” the lowest level ever.  This indicates that most students thought they were worse off than the average student regarding their emotional health and well-being.  As 2018 just ended and 2019 New Year’s Resolutions begin to form, I’d like to highlight a very valuable resource on the University of Nevada, Reno campus that is doing its part to fight rising mental health issues: The Take 5 program.

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“Of the 2.5 million Americans 12 years of age or older with [opioid use disorders] OUDs, fewer than 128,000 [less than 0.05%] of those attending specialty treatment programs had treatment plans that included pharmacotherapy” (Molfenter et al., 2017, p.2).

For many people with opioid use disorder (OUD), the most effective treatment is the combination of counseling and medication assisted treatment (MAT) with medications such as buprenorphine methadone, or naltrexone. MAT, an evidence-based best practice, allows individuals with OUD to be healthy, productive members of society (Sofuoglu, DeVito, & Carroll, 2018).

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Dr. Stephanie Woodard, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Senior Advisor on Behavioral Health, talks about how Assembly Bill 474 has helped with Nevada’s opioid crisis since its passage in 2017.

It’s been a little more than a year since AB474, or the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention act took effect in Nevada.

Lawmakers passed the bill in the 2017 legislature when it was obvious Nevada was dealing with an opioid crisis.

Experts who are on the front lines of this fight say opioid abuse is a vast problem and evolving every day.

Doctor Stephanie Woodard, the senior advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services on Behavioral Health says since the law went into effect January 1st of 2018, opioid prescriptions have dropped in Nevada …read more

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“The Downtown Reno Partnership ambassadors were trained how to use Narcan by The Life Change Center’s MORE team two weeks ago. The team, headed by Lisa Lee and Jennifer Cassady, uses Narcan during their outreach work. Now, all the ambassadors carry two doses of Narcan with them as they make their rounds through downtown Reno.” Read the full article.

As part of the STR/SOR Project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the State of Nevada, CASAT staffers have worked hard to design and disseminate these Naloxone kits and information surrounding them. You can find more information about Narcan and the State’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic at Nevada SOR.