Selected Works

A current collection of our written work, authored and edited by Neurobridge contributors. Click on the title to access the full article.

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"Helping Hand" is available at clipart-library.com and is licensed for personal/commercial use.

Policy Brief: House Bill 17: Pilot Project to Treat Opioid Overdose

June 9, 2021

House Bill 17 aims to continue the Quick Response Team Pilot Program in Wilmington, NC that connects survivors of opioid overdose with follow-up treatment, counseling, support, and other recovery services. >>

Keywords: HEALTH CARE, OPIOID, POLICY, SUBSTANCE USE, TREATMENT

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"Computer Problems" by CollegeDegrees360 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on College Students

May 27, 2021

A recent study examined the psychological consequences of the pandemic on college students and demographic risk factors contributing to the severity of those effects. >>

Keywords: COVID-19, EDUCATION, MENTAL HEALTH, RESEARCH, STUDENT

Photo of the words "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" written in black ink, with the first letters of each word capitalized, circled, and in red ink. A hand holding a black marker is shown behind the words as if the person holding the marker had written the words. 

"OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder acronym with marker, concept background" by Jernej Furman is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The Power of Thought: Using cognitive fusion to understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

March 7, 2021

A recent study from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Clinical Psychology program examines the relationship between cognitive fusion and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  >>

Keywords: MENTAL HEALTH, RESEARCH

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"SARS-CoV-2, globe" by Philippa Steinberg for the Innovative Genomics Institute is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

The Cost of COVID-19 in North Carolina: State Funding for Mental Health Services

February 16, 2021

We’ve generated a list of bills introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly that aim to address the mental health and substance use challenges facing the people of North Carolina due to COVID-19.  >>

Keywords: COVID-19, MENTAL HEALTH, POLICY, SUBSTANCE USE

Photo of multiple orange pill bottles with white prescription labels (ineligible). One pill bottle is on its side, with multiple white tablets are pouring out.

"Preventing Opioid Addiction" by Find Rehab Centers is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Policy Brief: Senate Bill 544: Establish Non-Opioid Treatment Alternatives.

December 17, 2019

Senate Bill 544 aims to provide improved access to non-opioid treatment alternatives for pain, mandate insurance coverage for non-opioid alternatives, and limit opioid prescriptions. >>

Keywords: OPIOID, PHARMACEUTICAL, POLICY, SUBSTANCE USE

Cartoon image of a pain rating scale. Two circular 'smiley' faces indicating 4/10 level of pain (left) and 6/10 level of pain (right) are centered. The cartoon face depicting 4/10 pain has a straight mouth and raised eyebrows. The cartoon face depicting 6/10 pain has a frown and curved eyebrows. Underneath each face is the corresponding pain rating (left: 4, right: 6) and description (left: Hurts Little More, right: Hurts Even More).

"Wong-Baker scale with emoji" from Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Policy Brief: House Bill H318: Opioid Prescription and Treatment Opt Out Act

October 30, 2019

The Opioid Prescription and Treatment Opt Out Act allows individuals to voluntarily opt out of receiving opioid medications and was drafted in response to high rates of overdose deaths and opioid prescription rates in North Carolina. >>

Keywords: OPIOID, PHARMACEUTICAL, POLICY, SUBSTANCE USE

Photo of light brown, wooden scrabble pieces which spell out "MENTAL HEALTH"

"Mental Health Message" by Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC0 1.0.

Policy Brief: Senate Bill S601: School-Based Mental Health

August 7, 2019

The School-Based Mental Health bill responds to the growing incidence of youth suicide in North Carolina and proposes to require schools to implement school-based mental health plans. >>

Keywords: EDUCATION, MENTAL HEALTH, POLICY, STUDENT

Cartoon image of a human brain viewed from the side. The brain is a translucent gray color, and inside each section of the brain are many bright red dots, some of which are connected to one another via indigo straight lines.

"Brain network" by Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

What Neuroscience Reveals About Effective Treatments for Substance Use Disorders

October 12, 2018

Neurobridge Co-Founder Ryan Bell details the state of substance use disorder in the United States in 2018, and how neuroscience can inform treatment options and improve rehabilitation efforts.  >>

Keywords: MENTAL HEALTH, OPIOID, POLICY, RESEARCH, SUBSTANCE USE

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"Biohazard chemicals" by Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Policy Brief: House Bill 968: Legislative Response to Emerging Contaminants Act

November 2, 2018

The Legislative Response to Emerging Contaminants Act strengthens pollutant regulations and provides significant grants for studying and monitoring emission of chemicals into North Carolina waterways. >>

Keywords: ENVIRONMENT, POLICY, WATER QUALITY

Photo of a blue street sign which reads, "HOPE" on a background of green tree leaves. 

"Hope" by Michael Toy is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Policy Brief: Senate Bill 616: The HOPE Act of 2018

October 24, 2018

The HOPE Act responds to the opioid crisis in North Carolina through appropriations of state funding for opioid use treatment and law enforcement mechanisms. >>

Keywords: OPIOID, POLICE ENFORCEMENT, POLICY, SUBSTANCE USE

Black and white cartoon image of a pill bottle with a prescription label. 

"Prescription bottle" by Nicole Portantiere is licensed under CCBY.

Policy Brief: House Bill 243: The STOP Act of 2017

October 24, 2018

The STOP Act of 2017 aims to curtail North Carolina’s opioid crisis through regulations on opioid prescriptions such as who can prescribe opioids and the number of opioid medications that can be prescribed at one time. >>

Keywords: OPIOID, PHARMACEUTICAL, POLICY, SUBSTANCE USE