Burns and Riley: Fight against mental health, addiction needs to be strengthened
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Posted on 12/20/2019 by
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America is facing two distinct yet undeniably intertwined crises — one in mental health and one in addiction. Far too often, our policies address only one or the other, when in reality, they should be treated like conjoined twins—the two share enough vital elements that any prevention, treatment and recovery strategies targeted at one affect the other.

As rates of overdose and suicide continue to rise, we can’t afford more of the same. It’s time for our policymakers to take a comprehensive approach by prioritizing policies and programs that address both mental health and addiction.

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