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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a number of detention facilities around the country. As of March 2021, ICE had confirmed over 10,000 cases of COVID-19 among detainees within its detention facilities, and recorded 8 deaths.
Treatment for opioid use disorder may involve buprenorphine—a drug that can reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse.
We reviewed the use of long-acting injectable and implantable forms of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.
Brain injuries may be common in domestic violence victims, and such injuries may be under-diagnosed and under-treated. There is little federal data on the prevalence of this public health problem, so it’s uncertain whether federal resources are addressing it efficiently.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained pregnant women more than 4,600 times from 2016-2018. Most detentions lasted 1 week or less.
ICE has policies and standards related to the care for pregnant women that vary by facility type, with some having more requirements than others.
When hospice patients die at home, they often leave behind commonly misused controlled substances, such as oxycodone. A 2018 law allows employees of qualified hospice programs to collect and destroy these drugs.
Drug misuse—using illicit drugs or misusing prescription drugs—is a serious public health issue in the United States. National rates of drug misuse rose from 15% in 2003 to 19% in 2018.
We are adding drug misuse to our High Risk List in 2021 to encourage progress.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) oversees and coordinates federal drug policy. In 2018, new legislation reauthorized ONDCP and imposed a number of new requirements.
We found that ONDCP met some of the new requirements.
To protect vulnerable nursing home residents from abuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with state agencies—known as survey agencies—that can cite nursing homes for incidents of abuse.
Over 70,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in 2017. Combining behavioral therapy with medication (like buprenorphine) can help people who are addicted to or misuse opioids. However, many in need don't have access to medication-assisted treatment.