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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 4

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 4

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No Kegs, No Liquor: College Crackdown Targets Drinking and Sexual Assault

Dozens of universities have introduced stricter rules on alcohol, especially at fraternities. We sent reporters to five campuses to examine the new measures.
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Testing The Claim That Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol Or Tobacco

"Marijuana is safer than alcohol or tobacco." I came across that claim again last week while scrolling through Twitter. This time, the tweet was from Dr. Peter Grinspoon, who practices primary care at Mass General.
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Why the Catholic Church Is Leading the Fight Against Legal Pot in Massachusetts

The Archdiocese of Boston gave $850,000 to oppose an upcoming ballot measure—the second largest donation given to the campaign.
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Opioid Overdoses Have Nearly Tripled Among Kids, Teens

Younger children 'eating them like candy,' while teens overdose while trying to get high, researcher says
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Federal Panel Calls For Stricter Enforcement Of Mental Health Care Parity Law

Acknowledging that "there is more work to be done" to ensure that patients with mental illness and addiction don't face discrimination in their health care, a presidential task force made a series of recommendations Friday including $9.3 million in funding to improve enforcement of the federal parity law.
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States Move To Encourage More Addiction Counseling

Changes to Medicaid in some states aim to inspire treatment centers to work harder at getting patients who need extra counseling to agree to it.
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Where do the presidential candidates stand on treating drug addiction?

Hillary Clinton calls the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction a “quiet epidemic.” Donald Trump marvels that overdoses are a problem in picturesque American communities.
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Heroin Isn't The Scariest Part Of The Drug Crisis

Heroin shows up on the front pages of newspapers almost every day. But when it comes to drug issues you should worry about, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
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A Brave New Weed

The costs so far from marijuana legalization are higher than advertised.
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Number of Children and Teens Hospitalized for Opio...
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