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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 18

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Opioid Users Are Filling Jails. Why Don’t Jails Treat Them?

Getting methadone in jail gave a Connecticut heroin user a firmer foothold in recovery. But fewer than 1 percent of jails and prisons allow it.
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Ohio foster care system flooded with children amid opioid epidemic

On a winding trail in southeastern Ohio, four children symbolize the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds.
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First Responders Spending More On Overdose Reversal Drug

In Prince George's County, Md., every first responder carries naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.
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'Delicate balance' between alcohol's protective and harmful effects

A new study on a large population sample has concluded that heavy drinking can have disastrous health effects, whereas light to moderate alcohol consumption could be beneficial.
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Inside the Mind Of An Addict: Hating That You Love Your Drug-of-Choice

My writing is usually based around the state of mind of the addict. I’m probably not smashing down idea walls and planting my flag in bold new territory…but I can offer an insight into my world which is sometimes painfully funny in a gallows humor sort of way.
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Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD

Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn’t much proof cannabis works for either one of these conditions, two research reviews suggest.
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Prevalence of Rx Opioid Use, Misuse & Disorders

Among the more than one-third of US civilian, noninstitutionalized adults who reported prescription opioid use in 2015, more than one-third also reported misuse and use disorders.
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Marijuana products sending more French kids to ERs

Increased availability of potent marijuana products in France may be driving an increase in emergency room visits by intoxicated toddlers, a new study suggests.
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Heroin's contribution to teen overdose deaths

Mirroring the larger population, there was a downward trend in overdose deaths from methadone and prescription opioids in recent years but an uptick in deaths involving heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
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Lawsuit accuses drug manufacturer of worsening opioid crisis

South Carolina is the latest state to accuse a drug manufacturer of exacerbating its opioid drug crisis by using deceptive marketing.
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