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Opioid Abuse and Depression: A Bi-Directional Relationship in Need of Better Attention

Ron Manderscheid

Ron Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and the National Association of Rural Mental Health

It’s no secret that opioid abuse remains a growing problem in the US, notwithstanding increased attention by policymakers, law enforcement and health care professionals from Main Street to the halls of the US Congress. Despite expressions of concern and promises of funding, little has improved the situation.  Indeed, as many as 2.4  million American today abuse painkillers; nearly 500,000 more abuse heroin.

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