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Collegiate Recovery Programs are An Effective But Underused Resource on College Campuses

May 26, 2023
This brief explores the barriers to accessing Collegiate Recovery Programs on college campuses and provides recommendations to enhance student engagement and wellbeing.

How Did Healthcare Affordability Change for U.S. Adults with ID After Implementing the ACA?

May 3, 2023
This brief summarizes the findings from a recent study that examined patterns in healthcare affordability under the ACA or noninstitutionalized adults ages 18-64 with intellectual disabilities. 

Medicaid-Insured Older Adults on SNAP May Have Stronger Medication Adherence

April 17, 2023
This brief summarizes the findings from a recent study, which linked Missouri Medicaid administrative claims data to SNAP data from 2006 to 2014. 

Financial Rewards Tied to Quality Measures Lead Home Health Agencies to Exaggerate  Improvements

April 10, 2023
This brief summarizes the results of a recent study evaluating the program’s impact on quality measures within the HHVBP and whether there was a relationship between incentive size and apparent quality. 

What is the Effect of Opioid Use During Pregnancy on Infant Health and Wellbeing at Birth?

March 31, 2023

This brief summarizes the results from a  study that evaluated the effects of exposure to prescription and illicit opioids during pregnancy on infant health and wellbeing at birth. 

Federal Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion Grants Do Not Reduce Homelessness

March 31, 2023
This brief examined differences in homelessness and employment outcomes between places that received a MAT grant and those that did not.

Which Demographic Groups and Which Places Have the Highest Drug Overdose Rates in the U.S.?

March 31, 2023
This brief describes demographic and geographic differences in fatal drug overdose rates from 1999-2020. 

Over Two-Thirds of Opioid Overdose Victims in Canada were Employed Before They Died

March 31, 2023
The authors of this brief quantify the lost labor productivity from opioid overdoses in Canada. 

The OxyContin® Reformulation in 2010 Increased States’ Food Insecurity Rates

March 31, 2023
This brief shows that states with higher initial OxyContin® misuse rates had an increase in food insecurity after OxyContin® reformulation. 

Counties with Higher Prescription Opioid Presence Have Slower Student Learning Rates

March 31, 2023
This brief shows that students in counties with high levels of opioid prescribing are learning more slowly over time than their peers in counties with low levels of opioid prescribing. 

U.S. Counties with Higher Drug Overdose Rates Have Lower School Test Scores.

March 31, 2023
This brief describes the link between county-level opioid overdose rates and children’s test scores, finding that counties with higher overdose rates have lower average 3rd and 8th-grade test scores than counties with lower overdose rates. 

How has the Opioid Overdose Crisis Affected Child Maltreatment in the U.S.?

March 31, 2023
This brief summarizes results from a study examining the association between U.S. county-level opioid mortality rates and child maltreatment rates from 2007 to 2017. Places with higher opioid overdose mortality rates have higher rates of child maltreatment. 

How Has the Opioid Crisis Affected Health, Health Care Use, and Crime in the United States?

March 21, 2023
This brief summarizes what is known about the relationships between opioid misuse, health, healthcare use, and crime.

The Opioid Epidemic Has Disrupted Children’s Living Arrangements

March 21, 2023
This brief summarizes how children’s living arrangements have changed during the opioid epidemic.

Opioid Treatment Programs Can Reduce Opioid-Related Emergency Dept Visits and Foster Care Placements

March 21, 2023
This brief explores the positive effects of medication-assisted treatments on children and their caregivers and the cost savings for foster care agencies.

Poor Children Have Lower Literacy Skills than their Higher-Income Peers

March 20, 2023

This study finds that children in households that participate in more than one social assistance program (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, and Free or Reduced-Price Lunch) have lower literacy skills when they enter kindergarten than children whose households participate in fewer or no social programs. 

State COVID-19 Policies that Restricted In-Person Interaction and Economic Support Saved Lives

February 21, 2023

This brief summarizes the results of a recent study examining how U.S. states’ COVID-19 policies were related to COVID-19 mortality rates from April to December 2020. 

CDC Guidelines Hide the Alzheimer Disease Mortality Burden among Adults with Down Syndrome

February 20, 2023

This brief summarizes results from a recent study seeking to accurately measure the disparity in the Alzheimer disease mortality burden between adults with versus without Down syndrome for years 2005-2019. 

Exposure to Free School Meals in Kindergarten Has Lasting Positive Effects on Students’ Attendance

February 7, 2023

This brief summarizes findings examining the relationship between exposure to UFM in kindergarten and attendance and weight outcomes in NYC students from grades K-3. The results demonstrate that children who receive free meals through UFM in kindergarten have better school attendance than those who do not. In addition, there is no evidence receiving free meals in kindergarten affects weight outcomes.  

The U.S. Should Increase Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Among Incarcerated Individuals

January 31, 2023

This brief describes the use of Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as realistic and legally protected approaches to reducing overdoses upon exiting incarceration. It also calls for federal regulation and guidance on the use of MOUD in prisons, jails, and drug courts to ensure each person who needs treatment receives it.

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