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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 6, 2017


NIH's new online tool may help fight alcohol addiction

"In any given year, less than 10 percent of individuals diagnosed with alcohol use disorder receive treatment," said NIAAA Director George F. Koob.
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'Dabbing' cannabis may release cancerous toxins

Researchers have analyzed the chemical composition of the vapors released by butane hash oil - a cannabis extract commonly used in "dabbing," or vaporizing - and found carcinogenic substances.
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Study highlights unmet treatment needs among adults with mental health and substance use disorders

Despite current treatment guidelines, fewer than 10 percent of adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders receive treatment for both disorders, and more than 50 percent do not receive treatment for either disorder.
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What is Medication Management in Addiction Treatment? 3 Things You Need to Know

Addiction treatment can incorporate medications and genetic testing. Learn how one leading facility uses these tools as integral components of a successful treatment program.
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Survey results shed light on substance use initiation trends

Illicit drug use initiation was highest for marijuana in 2016, followed by prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers and stimulants, according to national data.
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If addiction is a disease, should relapse mean jail time?

Less than two weeks after a court ordered Julie Eldred to not use drugs while on probation, she tested positive for the powerful opioid fentanyl.
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‘Recovery high schools’ pop up nationwide as opioid crisis hits teens

When John Edmonds was a teenager, a Maryland judge gave him an ultimatum: After racking up 16 felonies and struggling with addiction, he could either go to juvenile prison or a treatment program.
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