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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 25, 2018


Young people are choosing marijuana before cigarettes and alcohol

New research shows that the percentage of 12- to 21-year-olds who start using marijuana before other substances has increased significantly over the past decade.
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Methadone Appears Safe and Effective in Treating Fentanyl Addiction

Methadone appears safe and effective in treating people who use fentanyl, suggests a study presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
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The Drug-Intoxication Epidemic and Solid-Organ Transplantation

The drug-abuse epidemic in the United States has led to an increased number of organ donors dying from drug intoxication.
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What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos?

The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the horrors of detox, maybe 40 times, including this latest, which he finished two weeks ago. He's now in a residential unit for at least 30 days.
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Opioid Makers' Perks to Docs Tied to More Prescriptions

Doctors who accept perks from companies that make opioid painkillers are more likely to prescribe the drugs for their patients, new research suggests.
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Breaking Addiction's Grip

An opioid epidemic is ravaging the nation, and American families, public health officials and lawmakers are in search of solutions that can both stem the tide of legal and illegal drugs flooding their communities and provide effective, accessible methods to help release those hooked from the grip of addiction.
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FDA approves Lucemyra to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal and help patients overcome addiction

The battle against opioid addiction in the United States got a new weapon Wednesday, in the form of a pill to help patients manage symptoms of withdrawal.
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Despite Legalization, Marijuana Black Market Hides In Plain Sight

On a big-sky plateau on the eastern slope of the Cascades, a 10-acre parcel of land has been trashed by illicit pot farmers. Abandoned equipment rusts and jugs of chemicals molder.
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NIH halts $100 million study of moderate drinking that is funded by alcohol industry

The National Institutes of Health has ordered a halt to a $100 million, 10-year study of moderate drinking that’s being funded in large part by the alcoholic-beverage industry.
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In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?

The last thing Lizabeth Loud wanted, a month from giving birth, was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction.
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Predatory behavior runs rampant in Facebook’s addiction support groups

Huge groups of vulnerable people looking for help are a rehab marketer’s dream.
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Drug addiction: Is brain stimulation the answer?

Transcranial magnetic brain stimulation has allowed researchers to reduce how "excited" the brains of chronic cocaine and alcohol users become in response to drug cues.
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