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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 1, 2017

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Marijuana, Secondhand Smoke, and Social Acceptability

On April 20, 2017, at 4:20 in the afternoon, 15 000 people in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park lit marijuana joints during the annual “420 Day.” In cannabis culture, April 20 has become an international countercultural holiday; people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis, typically around 4:20 pm.
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Opioid treatment drugs have similar outcomes once patients initiate treatment

NIDA study compares buprenorphine/naloxone combination to extended release naltrexone.
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Separating side effects could hold key for safer opioids

NIH-funded scientists may have revealed brain functions in pre-clinical research that widen the safety margin for opioid pain relief without overdose
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Communities in Crisis

America’s growing opioid epidemic and untreated serious mental illness is having a devastating impact on communities nationwide.
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Is a new drug crisis looming?

The opioid crisis clearly has outpaced all other topics as the story of the year in addiction, and 2018 promises a repeat. Yet with all the justifiable attention to opioid addiction and overdose, is there danger that the next lurking trend in substance use will emerge as a full-blown epidemic before enough people notice?
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Four addiction myths busted by national, local, state experts

Living in a heroin epidemic can lead to all kinds of talk about addiction and the answers to it – with a lot of it false.
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Where Is the Prevention in the President’s Opioid Report?

It’s less costly to stop drug abuse before it starts, and there are ways to do that.
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Alcohol and Women’s Health: Studies Reveal Problems

Increases in the prevalence of alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorder (AUD) among women point to a growing adverse effect of alcohol on the health of women in the United States, according to findings by NIAAA scientists.
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Alcohol or cannabis? Science has finally revealed which one is more harmful

If you've ever wondered which is worse, booze or weed, it appears that science finally has the answer.
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Alcohol use in movies influences onset of drinking among 10- to 15-year-olds

Early adolescence is a high-risk period for alcohol experimentation and initiation. Adolescent drinking is linked to exposure to alcohol use in the media.
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New Report: New Jersey's Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Death Rate Could Increase 46 percent in Next Decade; New Jersey Would have Sixth Lowest Rate in Country

New Jersey's drug, alcohol and suicide death rate could increase by 46 percent in the next 10 years, according to a new report, Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy, released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT).
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