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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 10, 2018


Tech takes on cigarette smoking

Researchers develop system that senses smoking movements, sends motivational text messages, videos to help users quit smoking.
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How opioids reshape your brain, and what scientists are learning about addiction

None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn't end when you step out of the classroom
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E-Cigarettes Promote Smoking Progression in Youth and Depress Quitting Among Adults

E-cigarettes are not an effective tool to reduce combustible-cigarette smoking, two NIDA-supported studies indicate.
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Adolescent Marijuana Use Is Linked to Altered Neural Circuitry and Mood Symptoms

In a recent NIDA-supported study, males from low-income backgrounds who used marijuana in escalating frequency throughout their teen years exhibited disrupted connectivity at age 20 in a brain circuit that links rewarding experiences with motivation and mood..
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Everyone Dealing With Addiction Deserves The Support We’re Showing Demi Lovato

The tidal wave of compassion and support for Demi Lovato in the wake of her apparent drug overdose last month is indicative of society’s long overdue, shifting views on addiction.
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Opioids after wisdom teeth removal might set young people up for addiction

Researchers at the University of Michigan found young people between the ages of 13 and 30 are nearly three times more likely to continue filling opioid prescriptions after wisdom teeth surgery.
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State Expands Addiction Treatment for Prisoners

Eighty percent of inmates in Garden State were under the influence of drugs when they committed the crime that put them behind bars.
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US opioids: number of addicted women giving birth quadrupled over 15 years

Rate of addiction varies by region, with a 53-fold increase in West Virginia, showing a disturbing rise in infants forced to withdraw.
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