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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 15, 2017


Please note: Our weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish on Friday, December 22nd and Friday, December 29th. On behalf of the staff and Board of Trustees of Wellspring, we wish all of you Happy Holidays.

A Comeback for the Gateway Drug Theory?

If you grew up as part of the D.A.R.E. generation — kids of the 1980s and ’90s who learned about drugs from alarmist public service announcements — you know all too well the dangers of so-called gateway drugs.
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Is there a link between alcohol and skin cancer?

Patients are always elated when you can recommend an enjoyable, health-improving, recreational activity.
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Reaching the Cannabis Tipping Point

That moment when water heating on a stove gets hot enough to transform from still into roiling is called the tipping point
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Rehab that puts alcoholic pilots back in the cockpit

Many alcoholics can tell you the exact moment they hit rock bottom. Former airline Captain Lyle Prouse hit his at 30,000 feet
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Could this software diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?

Identifying certain types of alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder has proven challenging, but a new approach using a computer-based facial analysis tool may prove useful.
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Opioids After Surgery Left Her Addicted. Is That A Medical Error?

In April this year, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery.
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Addiction, mental illness complicate help for the homeless

This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.
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