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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 24, 2018


Florida school districts defying hazy rules on the use of medical marijuana for students

School districts across Florida continue to defy state law with policies banning students' use of physician-recommended medical marijuana.
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What the media gets wrong about opioids

After Jillian Bauer-Reese created an online collection of opioid recovery stories, she began to get calls for help from reporters. But she was dismayed by the narrowness of the requests, which sought only one type of interviewee.
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Coroner sent letters to doctors whose patients died of opioid overdoses. Doctors' habits quickly changed

Addressed directly to the doctor, the letter arrived in a plain business envelope with a return address of the San Diego County medical examiner’s office.
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Adolescent Binge Drinking. Developmental Context and Opportunities for Prevention

Binge drinking, commonly defined as consuming five or more standard drinks per occasion for men and four or more drinks for women, typically begins in adolescence. Adolescents, although they may drink less often, tend to consume higher quantities of alcohol per occasion compared with adults.
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America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead.
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Areas with more alcohol vendors have higher hospital admission rates

Areas with a high density of alcohol outlets have higher drink-related hospital admission rates, a new study from the University of Sheffield has found.
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Dispatches From A 'Dopesick' America

There's no shortage of statistics about the depth of America's opioid epidemic — there were 72,000 overdose deaths just last year — but numbers don't tell the whole story.
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Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction

There are real concerns with marijuana addiction. That doesn’t mean legalization is a bad idea.
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Recovering addict wants to end stigma of opioid addiction

It’s about “chasing the high,” and every day he makes compromises to justify something he always said he would never do.
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New mobile-enabled Lottery Card stirs concern with addiction counselors

A new way to play the lottery is raising concerns among counselors who help those addicted to gambling.  The new, mobile-enabled Lottery Card operates as a gift card would and can be used to play either Powerball or Mega Millions.
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