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Alcohol-related deaths rose disproportionately quickly in the US among Black, Hispanic, Asian and American-Indian/Alaska Native populations at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.

Detailed in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the peer-reviewed analysis of official data revealed that while the rate of deaths that can be directly attributed to alcohol increased sharply overall, there were stark ethnic and racial disparities.

“Racial and ethnic minority groups experienced disproportionately higher rates of unemployment, fear of Covid and financial strain during the pandemic,” says lead author Dr Hyunjung Lee, who carried out the research whilst at the John McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.

A recent article on News-Medical highlights the positive impact of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) training for healthcare professionals in addressing bias, reducing stigma, and enhancing the quality of care for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). The study emphasizes the need for comprehensive training programs to equip healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to support those struggling with addiction effectively.

The research, conducted by experts in addiction medicine and published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, demonstrates that targeted MAT training significantly improves healthcare professionals’ attitudes toward OUD patients. By debunking addiction misconceptions and promoting evidence-based practices, healthcare providers can offer more compassionate and effective care to individuals battling substance use disorders.

The findings further emphasize the importance of collaboration between addiction specialists, primary care providers, and behavioral health professionals. By working together and sharing expertise, healthcare teams can deliver comprehensive care that addresses the multifaceted nature of addiction.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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