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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 6

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 6

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US facing not one, but two opioid epidemics

The headlines have become grimly familiar: “More than 20 overdose deaths hit Middlesex in 3 weeks,” “Opioid overdoses kill 10 people in 12 days in Sacramento area,” “Opioid abuse has death grip on Tennessee.”
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Opioid Prescribing Gets Another Look as F.D.A. Revisits Mandatory Doctor Training

A pain management specialist, Dr. Nathaniel Katz, was stunned in 2012 when the Food and Drug Administration rejected a recommendation from an expert panel that had urged mandatory training for doctors who prescribed powerful painkillers like OxyContin.
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Painkiller epidemic: Nearly half of Americans know an addict

Almost half of all Americans personally know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers — and most people feel the federal government isn't doing enough to stem a growing epidemic of opioid addiction, a new survey shows.
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So, something interesting happens to weed after it’s legal

Two years ago, the Washington state began an unprecedented policy experiment by allowing large-scale production and sale of recreational marijuana to the public.
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Abuse of diarrhea medicine you know well is alarming physicians

When the emergency team arrived, it was already too late. The 24-year-old man, who had a history of opioid addiction, was not breathing and lacked a pulse.
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U.S. cracks down on e-cigarettes and cigars, bans sales to minors

The U.S. government on Thursday took wide-ranging steps to crack down for the first time on e-cigarettes and cigars, growing in popularity among teens, and banned sales to anyone under age 18 in hopes of sparing a new generation from nicotine addiction.
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FDA Panel Urges Mandatory Opioid Training for Doctors

Advisory committee calls for overhaul of federal requirements to stem national crisis of deaths and addiction
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US Surgeon General: Addiction An Illness, Not A Moral Failing

Dr. Vivek Murthy is not only one of the youngest people ever named the U.S. Surgeon General, the 38-year-old also is the first person of Indian descent to hold the post.
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