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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 11, 2018


At least 15 states are pushing for laws to tax opioids. Drugmakers are pushing back.

Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to pay for it.
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Worried About Risky Teenage Behavior? Make School Tougher

Research shows a correlation between greater academic demands and a reduction in drinking, smoking and drug use.
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The Pain Hustlers

Selling drugs is a relationship business. It’s best to do it in person. That is why, on a summer evening in 2012, Alec Burlakoff was out for dinner with Steven Chun, the owner of Sarasota Pain Associates.
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Longtime college drinking culture makes change difficult

Each time Nate Kirkman works with college students to address alcohol-related problems, he thinks about the possible ramifications of their behavior.
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Find it difficult to resist alcohol or drugs? How running can help

Exercise can have a powerful impact on people struggling with addiction, as members of the Skid Row Running Club know all too well. Could this be one of the best natural ways to address withdrawal symptoms?
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We've seen how this Jersey hospital prevents overdoses, now want the nation to do the same

The opioid epidemic has cast a pall over our entire nation. Each day, 115 Americans lose their lives from an opioid overdose. The scale of this catastrophe makes it so there are few of us who haven't been touched in some way by addiction and its effects.
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Opioid addiction in U.S.: 7 in 10 say it's a very serious problem – CBS News poll

Seventy-one percent of Americans say the issue of opioid addiction is a very serious problem for the country, and most feel the federal government should be doing more to address it.
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Access to Maintenance Medications for Opioid Addiction Is Expanding. Prisons Need to Get on Board.

Leaving a jail or prison is a particularly risky time for opioid users, due to lower tolerance and the increased prevalence of fentanyl.
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Drug Policy Expert Robert DuPont: The Opioid Crisis is Now About Synthetics and Polydrug Use

Psychiatrist Robert L. DuPont, MD, has been campaigning against opioid addiction for half a century. In the interview below, conducted with Opioid Watch late last month, DuPont explains why he believes today’s opioid crisis—”the defining epidemic of the 21st Century”—needs a “new narrative.”
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Million-Participant NIH Study Could Yield Important Insights into Addiction and Pain

We are on the verge of a new era in medicine, one that truly treats the patient as an individual and as a participant in their own care.
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Quest’s data on N.J. drug use is mixed bag — including big jump in certain positive tests

News flash: New Jersey has a drug problem — and it’s been increasingly affecting the workforce. Quest Diagnostics revealed new data that shows significant jumps in positive testing for marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine in the past few years.
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