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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 23, 2021

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Greetings friends. The Board of Directors and staff of Wellspring Center for Prevention wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Note that the weekly ATOD Recap will not publish next week.

"Schizophrenia" Still Carries a Stigma. Will Changing the Name Help?

For example, he said, suppose a teenage patient goes to the doctor with telltale symptoms, such as hearing voices. If the doctor uses a new name for the diagnosis, Dr. Carpenter said, "you can almost hear the parents saying, 'Didn't that used to be called schizophrenia?'"

Many Clinicians Feel Ill-Prepared for Drug Overdose Deaths

Many healthcare professionals do not feel prepared to cope with a patient overdose death or to support a colleague after such a death, new research suggests.

Substance use among teens dropped significantly in 2021, survey finds
Substance use among teens -- including alcohol, marijuana, vaping and illicit drugs -- dropped significantly in 2021, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's latest Monitoring the Future survey, published Wednesday.

To save lives, overdose antidote should be sold over-the-counter, advocates argue
The harm-reduction and syringe service program in Greensboro, N.C., distributes the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone to people who use drugs. Research suggests this approach is effective, since people who use drugs are most likely to witness an overdose and administer naloxone.

'Wellness' Vapes Are All the Rage, But FDA Says Buyer Beware
Despite claims that certain vaping products may alleviate health problems, there's no proof that they do — and they may even cause health issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

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