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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 20, 2018


Study shows 'booster' emails can reduce drinking/alcohol-related problems among college students

College students entering adulthood often drink too much. Negative consequences can include missed classes, poor grades, a wide array of injuries, and even assault.
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Teens Sneaking Juul E-Cig Into Classrooms

Parents, if you want to find out whether your teenagers are "juuling" in school, you might consider checking their Twitter accounts.
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People are using Fitbits and Apple Watches to monitor their heart rate when binging on drugs

At a bachelor party two years ago in South Lake Tahoe, California, a tech worker who we'll call Owen glanced down at his Fitbit in between snorting lines of cocaine.
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Bystanders To Fatal Overdoses Increasingly Becoming Criminal Defendants

Alexandria Santa Barbara is a 39-year-old mother of three from a working-class suburb of Philadelphia.
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Worse than AIDS: Opioid epidemic is public health crisis CDC director fears most

The federal government’s top disease fighter, who built his career battling the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, says the opioid epidemic will be even worse.
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Researchers Say They Can Reduce College Binge Drinking, But Students Aren't Willing to Quit

Convincing a college student that reducing their alcohol consumption will improve their health, grades and relationships is easy. But according to a new study, cementing the habit may prove more difficult.
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Addiction to Rx Opioids Falling

A new report from health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield highlights a little-known and rarely reported aspect of the opioid crisis: Addiction to opioid pain medication is declining, not increasing.
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Alcohol Consumption Among Women Is on the Rise

Laura McKowen says she enjoyed drinking alcohol before she became a mother and would imbibe a few times a week as part of a successful advertising career and active social life. But she says her problem drinking really started after she gave birth to a daughter in 2009.
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2 Recent Studies Address The Relationship Between Cannabis And Alcohol

Two recent studies from the journal Prevention Science explored the social effects of smoking pot. Study No. 1 deals with the effects on those who use marijuana before they smoke cigarettes and/or alcohol; Study 2 relates to the effect of marijuana laws on adolescents and young adults.
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The legal drug we should be worried about isn’t marijuana

Alcohol is a far more dangerous substance. Yet the state of Massachusetts is thinking about making it easier to get.
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