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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 12, 2018


Facebook and Instagram Outlined the Steps They Have Taken to Prevent Drug Sales

Facebook vice president of global policy management Monika Bickert responded to a story by Elizabeth Dwoskin for The Washington Post detailing the prevalence of illegal drug sales on Instagram.
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ER Staffers Under Assault. Blame the Opioid Crisis.

Emergency departments are becoming increasingly violent places as doctors bear the brunt of fallout from the opioid epidemic, a new survey shows..
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Why opioid dependence varies so dramatically across U.S. states

Nearly every state is affected by the opioid crisis, some more than others.
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Marijuana-infused alcohol could become illegal in Michigan

Marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks are expected to become illegal here in Michigan. Legislation doing just that is heading to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where he's expected to sign it.
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Does addiction last a lifetime?

I am now 11 years into recovery from my battle with opiate addiction, and I have always been fascinated with two related questions: is there truly such a thing as an “addictive personality,” and do people substitute addictions?
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Retraining Workers for New Jobs and New Lives After Prison and Addiction

Tony Simpson, an entrepreneurial engineer, had grown increasingly concerned about Campbell County, Tenn., where he grew up and still lived.
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Combatting the Opioid Crisis

While the number of opioid prescriptions is down, the number of deaths continues to rise.
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The Health 202: Patrick Kennedy shepherded a major mental-health bill into law. Ten years later, big barriers remain.

It was fall 2008 and the economy was plummeting. The financial crisis was the only issue on anyone's mind. So, as Patrick Kennedy tells it, he called his ailing father to ask for a favor.
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Teens are smoking, vaping and eating cannabis
Adolescents who try marijuana are not just smoking it. Many are also vaping or eating cannabis, a U.S. study suggests.
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