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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 22, 2018


When We Talk About Suicide, We Need to Talk About Addiction

No one can say definitively why Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. But I can tell you why I tried to kill myself. Twice.
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These New Opioid PSAs Are Missing the Worst Part of Addiction

Visceral new PSAs show the extreme lengths people will go to get high – but they leave out the desperate banality of the life of an addict.
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The ‘cash for patients’ scandal sabotages addicts

For the sake of their patients, addiction centres must be beyond reproach. These negative stories are a wake-up call for the sector.
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“What ifs”: An underappreciated side effect of addiction

Shortly after our son, William, died of an accidental heroin overdose at age 24, I stumbled upon this unflinching reflection of addiction as a family disease: “Addiction isn’t a spectator sport. Eventually the entire family gets to play.”
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Using Artificial Intelligence to Treat Addiction

In recent years, artificial intelligence has taken us further than most of us could have dreamed, and it’s being utilized in industries that never before imagined.
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Colorado campaign seeks to squelch addiction shame

Colorado’s $1.8 million Lift the Label campaign is all about challenging the perceptions of people with opioid addiction and encouraging them to get help.
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Millennial poll: 42 percent know someone who has dealt with opioid addiction

White men and women, more than any other group, have witnessed the crisis up close, according to the NBC News/GenForward poll.
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Curbing opioid addiction needs more than new drugs

Plans by the National Institutes of Health to tackle a drug epidemic in the United States can treat only the symptoms, not the cause.
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After Opioid Overdose, Only 30 Percent Get Medicine To Treat Addiction

More than 115 Americans die every day of opioid overdose. Many more who overdose survive due to the antidote medication naloxone. But a study out Monday finds that just 3 in 10 patients revived by an EMT or in an emergency room received the follow-up medication known to avoid another life-threatening event.
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The scientific controversy over whether gaming addiction is a disease—or a symptom

Like a good book, the best compliment anyone can give a new video game is that they just can’t put it down. But taken to an extreme, excessive gaming can tilt into unhealthy territory. T
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