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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 13, 2018

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FDA Presses Internet Companies on Illegal Online Opioid Sales

Federal regulators are dialing up pressure on big internet companies to do more to prevent online sales of opioids as industry leaders met with government officials at a summit meeting Wednesday.
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New CDC Director Targets Opioids, Suicide and Pandemics

In his first interview as the head of the CDC, Robert Redfield discusses the need to address rising substance abuse, global health threats and HIV/AIDS.
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Rejected by A.A.

How the 12 Step program and its decades-old philosophy are exacerbating the opioid crisis.
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NJ Hospitals Explore Software to Reduce Addiction, Improve Care

Computerized tracking tool summarizes patients’ histories, flagging suspect behaviors and speeding response time.
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Commentary: The battle against opioid addiction will be won in communities, not in Washington

The rising death toll from opioid addiction has galvanized a federal response and a strategy is taking shape.
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Addressing Poverty and Mental Illness

Poverty is one of the most significant social determinants of health and mental health, intersecting with all other determinants, including education, local social and community conditions, race/ethnicity, gender, immigration status, health and access to health care, neighborhood factors, and the built environment (eg, homes, buildings, streets, parks infrastructure).
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Opioid Addiction, Criminal Justice Link Strong

More than half of Americans who have a prescription opioid use disorder or use heroin have had contact with the criminal justice system, a retrospective cross-sectional analysis suggests.
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Moving beyond our addiction to punishment

It's time to decriminalize all parts of the heroin chain.
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Kratom Draws Support And Controversy As Opioid Addiction Treatment

A controversial supplement, kratom, could have benefits when it comes to treating opioid use disorder, according to a new study.
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