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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 17, 2018


Incidence of Driving While Drugged Has Risen Sharply on NJ Roads

Report says more drivers who were killed on New Jersey’s roads in 2015 and 2016 tested positive for drugs than for alcohol
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Drug numbers paint grim reality of addiction

New numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control show last year, 72,000 people died in the United States from fatal overdoses.
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Addiction is a disease. My drug-addicted parents showed me that.

I got out of bed and followed the smell of bacon and the sound of my parents’ voices to the kitchen. The Eagles were harmonizing from the tape deck, and I could hear laughter mixed with kissing.
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Comprehensive health care must include mental substance abuse treatments

As the Trump administration, Congress and insurance companies debate various future health-care plans for the American people, it’s important to remember that comprehensive coverage must include mental health and substance abuse treatment.
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Why Heroin Addicts Are Being Charged With Murder

Drug-induced homicide laws punish people who provide or administer drugs that lead to overdoses — which often means locking up low-level opioid users for life
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Behind Schedule — Reconciling Federal and State Marijuana Policy

The long-standing chasm between federal and state marijuana policy recently widened when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance indicating that the Justice Department would not make it a priority to prosecute federal marijuana crimes in states where the activities are legal.
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Should America legalize all drugs? This story should give supporters pause.

Even in the middle of the opioid epidemic, the government can’t seem to get a handle on opioid overprescribing.
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Congress should listen to addiction patients — not corporate interests — about confidentiality

America has an addiction problem: 28 million Americans use illicit drugs and 65 million are considered binge or heavy drinkers, which can lead to numerous health problems.
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Marketing a first-of-its-kind addiction treatment amid the opioid crisis

After 16 years of development, an alternative treatment for opioid withdrawal has hit the market. Lucemyra, developed by U.S. WorldMeds and co-promoted by Salix Pharmaceuticals, has a big task ahead to change the way addiction is treated.
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Treating Teen Depression Might Improve Mental Health Of Parents, Too

An estimated 12.8 percent of adolescents in the U.S. experience at least one episode of major depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. According to previous studies, many of those teens' mental health is linked to depression in their parents.
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Don’t call people ‘addicts,’ Penn researchers say

Addiction researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say it’s time to stop using “addict” and “alcoholic” when talking about people with substance use disorders. The recommendation comes out of a new study that found the terms are associated with a strong negative bias.
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Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could enhance the negative effects of binge drinking

Many people mix energy drinks with alcohol to counteract the sedative nature of alcohol, tricking users into feeling more awake and less drunk than they really are.
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