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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 23, 2018


How does resolving cannabis problems differ from resolving problems with alcohol or other drugs?

Those resolving cannabis problems do so at younger ages, with less assistance than those resolving other substance-use problems.
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The Opioid Diaries

The opioid crisis is the worst addiction epidemic in American history. Drug overdoses kill more than 64,000 people per year, and the nation’s life expectancy has fallen for two years in a row.
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More Imprisonment Does Not Reduce State Drug Problems

Data show no relationship between prison terms and drug misuse.
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Death maps show where despair is killing Americans

Alcohol deaths are down, but drug overdoses are way, way up.
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During binges, U.S. adults have 17 billion drinks a year

U.S. adults consumed more than 17 billion binge drinks in 2015, or about 470 binge drinks per binge drinker, according to a first-of-its-kind study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Philip Morris’ Secret Plan to Split the Anti-Tobacco Movement

Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company, is investing billions of dollars in an attempt at reputation rehabilitation, including millions in the creation of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW). But there is a big distinction between “smoke-free” and “tobacco-free”.
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Poorest 'suffer most' from easy local access to alcohol

Scotland's poorest people suffer most from having easy access to alcohol in their area, a new study has suggested.
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The brain link between coffee and cannabis

Coffee is a complex substance and — as a new study finds — its metabolic interactions are equally complex. Surprisingly, coffee influences the same regions of the brain as cannabis.
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Feeling fine after one drink? Your brain's not

If, like me, you enjoy the occasional glass of wine in the evening, you probably don't feel as though your judgment or alertness is impaired after this one drink. But according to a new study, it is.
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