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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 8, 2019

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Meth Is Top Drug in the West for Overdose Deaths
Fentanyl remains the top drug in overdose deaths nationwide, but methamphetamine is becoming more prevalent

The Real Cost Of The Opioid Epidemic: An Estimated $179 Billion In Just 1 Year
There's a reckoning underway in the courts about the damage wrought by the opioid crisis and who should pay for it.

Marijuana for Mental Health Treatment Ineffective, Analysis Finds
When people experience depression, anxiety, psychosis, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), many turn to marijuana for relief. But results of a new study suggest cannabis is ineffective for mental health disorders.

Medicinal cannabis not proven in mental health, study finds
Evidence is weak for whether medicinal cannabis treatments can relieve mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and psychosis, and doctors should prescribe them with great caution.

Why Employers, Unions and EAPs Should Embrace Outpatient Addiction Treatment
The nation spent $35 billion annually on addiction treatment, and had little to show for it, as the opioid epidemic ballooned over two decades claiming nearly 200 lives each day.

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