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Dr. Laura Kehoe gives a presentation about why emergency room physicians should prescribe buprenorphine for people recovering from opioid overdoses. Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Drugs that treat opioid use disorder are a good use for multibillion-dollar settlement funds

After battling drug manufacturers and distributors in court for years, local and state governments are about to receive a windfall that could expand access to treatments that can save lives.
One child in three is physically or sexually abused or witnesses violence between adults in their home. Other adversities including emotional neglect, living in an unsafe neighbourhood or experiencing prejudice and bullying are even more common. (iStock)

Childhood adversity is a ‘cause of causes’ of adult illnesses and mental health problems

One in three children experiences abuse or neglect. These adverse events increase lifelong risks for chronic diseases and mental health issues, creating a public health hazard hiding in plain sight.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents need support now more than ever — including via universal parental support programs. (Ketus Subiyanto/Pexels)

To build back better after COVID-19, we must support parents

Our mental health and economy are suffering from this pandemic. Parent support programs are a proven way to improve both.
The family of D’Andre Campbell, a Black man in a mental health crisis who was shot and killed by Peel police in April in his home in Brampton, is pictured outside their lawyer’s office in Toronto. Left to right: Sister Michelle Campbell, mother Yvonne Campbell and brother Dajour Campbell. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

Police encounters reveal a mental health system in distress

Federal incentives would enhance community support for those with mental illness and would avert police engagement.

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