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This week’s ‘CBS News Special: America Changed Forever’ features Shannon Monnat. Monnat speaks on drug use and how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced drug-related deaths in 2020. Listen to or download the podcast here.
Lerner Affiliate Danielle Rhubart (left) and Lerner Graduate Fellow Yue Sun (right) published an article in Population and Environment. They found that property flood risk is higher in rural and socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Read their article, “The Social Correlates of Flood Risk: Variation along the U.S. Rural-Urban Continuum.”
AP News reports there has been a 29% increase in overdose deaths from last year- a record high at 93,000 deaths. “What’s really driving the surge in overdoses is this increasingly poisoned drug supply,” said Shannon Monnat. “Nearly all of this increase is fentanyl contamination in some way. Heroin is contaminated. Cocaine is contaminated. Methamphetamine is contaminated.”
Read the entire article here: https://apnews.com/article/overdose-deaths-record-covid-pandemic-fd43b5d91a81179def5ac596253b0304
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In a new paper, Lerner Fellow Austin Brown used grounded theory methodology to reveal common benchmarks, or topographic recovery features, involving the evolution of identity as an inter-negotiated process throughout the addiction and recovery biographies (Charmaz, 2008; Glaser & Strauss, 2017). From this, a six-stage theory model of recovery identity is formulated and explored. This model may help to serve recovery program managers to classify incoming individuals, identify and address needs, and facilitate innovative programming to meet such needs as they relate to the identity transformation process.
Shannon Monnat coauthored a paper, “The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Overdose Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum” (published in Rural Sociology), that won the 2021 Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award from the Rural Sociological Society. This award recognizes outstanding scholarship in the form of a book or article that advances the field of rural sociological knowledge. Congratulations to Shannon!
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Lerner Fellow Xiaoyan Zhang publishes new research in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. They found that Intergenerational Emotional Cohesion (IEC) was negatively related to loneliness, which in turn was associated with depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. Further, this indirect pathway linking IEC and depressive symptoms (but not life satisfaction) was positively conditioned on the size of friendship ties.