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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 9

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 9

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'Baby boomers' on dope: Recreational marijuana use is on the rise among adults over 50

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana (cannabis) use in California, Colorado, and Washington reflect the sweeping changes in the attitudes and perceptions towards marijuana use in the United States.
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Vulnerability to alcohol-related problems: a policy brief with implications for the regulation of alcohol marketing

The concern that alcohol advertising can have detrimental effects on vulnerable viewers has prompted the development of codes of responsible advertising practices.
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IPV and Substance Use: The Connections are Complicated and Not Always Clear

IPV is an enormous public health issue. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010), more than one in three women and more than one in four men in the United States have experienced IPV in their lifetime. Twenty people per minute are victims of IPV every day in America.
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More Evidence Baclofen for Alcohol Dependence Be Reconsidered

Another study of high-dose baclofen (multiple brands), widely used in France to treat alcohol dependence, found that the drug does not appear to bolster abstinence rates, suggesting its use should be reconsidered.
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Explore how illegal drugs have become cheaper and more potent over time

The markets for illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine may be dark and shadowy, but they are influenced by many of the same mundane forces that affect wheat, computer memory, and other legitimate commodities.
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Screening in Primary Care: What Is the Best Way to Identify At-Risk Youth for Substance Use?

It is important to improve primary care providers’ capability to identify youth at risk for alcohol and other drug use.
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Congress Can Fight Opioid Addiction on Its Way Out

More than 2,500 people will die from an overdose before the new Congress convenes in January.
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7 Reasons President Trump Is Unlikely to Fight Legal Marijuana

A look at why it would be hard to stop what the states have started.
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Tackling the opioid epidemic by combining counseling and medication

To Heaven Godley, a recovering heroin addict, the methadone treatment center he visits every day feels like home. “It’s my refuge,” said the 39-year-old Baltimore native.
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