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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 29

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 29

Note: We will not publish this update on Friday, June 5, 2015. We will resume publishing on Friday, June 12th. Thank you!

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Can You Really Be Addicted to a Behavior?

Most people can easily comprehend addiction to a substance -- alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription medications, cigarettes, and even something like chocolate. If they've not dealt with such an addiction themselves, they know someone who has, or they've at least seen a fairly accurate depiction of the problem on TV or in movies. B 
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Many Younger Chronic Gamblers Also Depressed

If a young man is a chronic gambler, the odds are extremely high that he also suffers from depression, according to a new study.If a young man is a chronic gambler, the odds are extremely high that he also suffers from depression, according to a new study.

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Addiction treatment hard to find, even as overdose deaths soar

With nearly 44,000 deaths a year, more Americans today die from drug overdoses than from car accidents or any other type of injury.

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Combination Of Medical Marijuana, Opioids Does Not Increase Substance Abuse Risk, Study Finds

With nearly half of the country having already legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes, physicians prescribing opioids for pain management have another alternative at their disposal.

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Brewing trouble

CRAFT beer lovers wishing to sample the wares of the Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta must go to strange lengths to do so when visiting. After purchasing a memento glass for $10, the thirsty are awarded ten tickets to swap for samples of Sweetwater ales. More alcoholic choices require more tickets, and visitors can sip their blueberry wheat beer in the sun while listening to live music.

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In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

Heroin, today, is killing more and more people in rural America.

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For Alcoholics in Recovery, a Sober Friend for Hire

How does a former mechanic from Queens make $1,000 a day? Tommy McAlinden earns his enviable rate playing golf, dining out and watching TV. He’s a sober companion.

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Just two sessions of CBT may prevent or delay cannabis use among teenagers

In a new study of British youth, published in the journal Addiction, researchers from the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Children's Hospital in Canada report success in preventing, reducing or delaying cannabis use among at-risk teenagers.

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Map: The price of marijuana in every state

It’s the law of supply and demand in action: When a commodity is illegal, it tends to become scarcer and its price rises on the black market. Make it legal again, and its price will fall.

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How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? A New Study Has Answers

Alcohol, at least in moderation, can help the heart, but too much can be toxic. The latest study tells you where to draw the line

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Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine

“We need a national debate on nicotine,” said Mitch Zeller. Zeller is the director of the Center for Tobacco Products, a division of the Food and Drug Administration created in 2009 when Congress passed legislation giving the F.D.A. regulatory authority — at long last! — over cigarettes.

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This Mental Health Issue Is More Prevalent Than All Forms Of Cancer Combined

As many as 4.3 million American adults who work full-time have experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year, according to a new study.

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