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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 5, 2018


The Drug Problem in the U.S. Is Not What We Think It Is

We can't control the supply of drugs but we can reduce demand.
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Drugs that look like candy have police worried that similar pills are out there close to Halloween

Drugs disguised as candy that a suburban Atlanta police department confiscated late last week after a hit-and-run accident should be a warning for all those who interact with kids — especially with about a month to go before Halloween.
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This doctor wrote 130 opioid prescriptions a day. She says she did nothing wrong.

Overprescribing caused the opioid epidemic. But not all doctors feel bad about what they did.
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Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse.

Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace for advertising illegal drugs.
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Do You Really Need That Opioid Prescription?

Doctors prescribe these addictive meds to patients who are not in pain. Here's how to know when the drugs are needed.
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Big Tobacco Is Already Eyeing Pot

Cigarette manufacturers seem to be poised to get into the marijuana industry — as soon as it’s federally OK.
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'Anytown' shows that anyone, anywhere is vulnerable to addiction

"Anytown," a new musical, is centered on teenage soccer star Hope as she spirals into opioid addiction  -- and on the loved ones who struggle to help her.
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It’s Not Stigma, It’s Discrimination

The mental health movement has increasingly used the word “stigma” to describe the negative public attitudes towards people with mental illnesses.
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Worldwide, 3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol, this represent 5.3 % of all deaths.
Alcohol is a psychoactive substance with dependence-producing properties that has been widely used in many cultures for centuries. The harmful use of alcohol causes a large disease, social and economic burden in societies.
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I didn't want heavy painkillers after surgery — but my hospital pushed opioids on me anyway
Hospitals want to keep their patients happy, but too often doctors treat pain like a disease and push opioids even when people explicitly say no.
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Drug overdose rates are rising, but can we 'curb the epidemic for good?'
Drugs kill thousands of people in the United States and globally every year. New research may help develop more effective methods to curb the epidemic.
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Recent Research Sheds New Light on Why Nicotine is So Addictive
Although our society currently finds itself focused on the tragic epidemic of opioid overdoses, there remains no better example of the deadly power of addiction than nicotine.
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FDA Seizes Documents From E-Cigarette Maker Amid Crackdown On Flavored Vapes
Chocolate cupcake, creme, mango, tutti frutti, "blue" — sugary-sounding flavors familiar to teenage e-cigarette users are facing more crackdowns from the Food and Drug Administration.
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