substance abuse

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There’s a shortage of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals across the country. That, along with the lack of treatment facilities, leave some people in crisis with no place to go. That’s why many end up in the emergency room. Nevada, in particular, is ranked 51st in the country, according to the 2018 Mental Health in America report for access to mental health care. Dr. Cari Croghan is an emergency room doctor based in Reno, Nevada and shared some of the challenges of her profession.

The Nevada County Health Rankings Report was recently released. Washoe County came in sixth place in the state for overall health, a jump from the previous year. KUNR’s Anh Gray reports that affordable housing, access to mental health care and substance abuse are still big issues.

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Best-selling author Nic Sheff’s astonishing life story, about his struggle with methamphetamine addiction as a teen, is depicted in the movie Beautiful Boy. At the first Renown Health 2019 Community Speaker Series event Wednesday night, he shared his story of recovery. KUNR reporter Anh Gray sat down with him at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts to learn about his new book, High: Everything You Want To Know About Drugs, Alcohol and Addiction. The book is geared towards empowering young people.

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Truckee Meadows Community College is getting a $10,000 grant to bolster its support for students recovering from substance abuse. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the details.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed the opioid epidemic in rural areas during a stop in Reno yesterday. Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray reports.

Vilsack met with local leaders at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

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Governor Brian Sandoval will be hosting a two-day drug abuse prevention summit in Las Vegas later this week to explore solutions to curb the growing opioid epidemic in Nevada. As Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports, new technology could help with recovery, especially for those living in rural communities.

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When Hillary Clinton stopped in Reno last month, she made a visit to a local substance abuse facility called Crossroads to shine a spotlight on drug and alcohol addiction. As our reporter Julia Ritchey tells us, the presidential candidate pointed to the program as a possible model for battling recidivism.

 

Two years ago, Morgan Darcy was homeless, addicted to Methamphetamine and alienated from her family back in Oregon.