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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 4, 2018

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Surprisingly, opioids may increase risk of chronic pain

After surgery, opioids — such as morphine — are routinely used to manage pain. However, according to a new study, the drugs could actually raise the likelihood of experiencing chronic pain.
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Turning the Tide on Opioid Addiction

As the crisis worsens, can more be done to ensure the problem doesn’t start in a doctor’s office?
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Utah doctor’s opioid-addiction recovery program aims to save lives

Doctors at a Salt Lake City clinic are trying to save lives by educating the public about programs to help get people off opioids.
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Families demand action: We must treat addiction like any other disease

We are two of the millions of people across the country who have lost our loved ones to addiction—an entirely preventable and treatable disease.
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Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable to opioid addiction – and protects others

Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Rates of abuse of these drugs have shot up over the past 15 years and continue to climb.
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Most Behavioral Addictions Get Better on Their Own

Behavioral addictions or process addictions, is a term that has gained increasing use over the past decade, spawning a sprawling international treatment industry, offering treatment for everything from sex addiction or Facebook, to shopping, exercising and Internet addictions
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New Study Unearths Paradox: Opioids Cause Chronic Pain

We all know that surgery is often painful, but a new study will have you thinking twice before you fill that pain-pill prescription.
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Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption

Low-risk limits recommended for alcohol consumption vary substantially across different national guidelines.
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