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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 14

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 14

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Campus alcohol statistics shift under new policies

In an open letter to student staff last week, Ralph Castro, director of the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE), highlighted changes in alcohol consumption on campus as a potential result of new restrictions on hard alcohol that came into effect in the fall of 2016.
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Alcohol abuse leads to 4,300 deaths annually among people under 21

It is common knowledge that the drinking age in the United States is 21. However, by age 13, one third of boys and about one fourth of girls have tasted alcohol. Even scarier, excessive alcohol consumption leads to more than 4,300 deaths annually among people under 21.
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New chemical composition of 'poppers' linked to retinal damage

The new chemical composition of the legal high 'poppers' is linked to retinal damage at the back of the eye, finds a small study published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
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Female Aging Issues In Recovery

I wrote the poem Female Aging Issues in Recovery when I was in my fifth year of sobriety.   I went to AA & NA faithfully.  You can contact either of these fellowships to get information regarding location, days and time of women’s meetings as well as other meetings.
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Surprising brain change appears to drive alcohol dependence

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) could help researchers develop personalized treatments for alcoholism and alcohol use disorder.
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Rehab Services Lacking in States Hit Hard by Opioids

More addiction recovery programs needed in the Southeast, researchers say
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Cost of substance abuse hits employers hard, new tool shows

As headlines scream about the ravages of the nation's growing opioid epidemic, employers are waking up to the notion that substance abuse may be wreaking havoc in a nearby cubicle — and a new tool aims to help them see just how costly that can be.
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Workers comp programs fight addiction among injured workers

A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while helping those who became hooked to avoid potentially deadly consequences.
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