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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 19, 2018

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Beyond the Stigma: Vermont woman in her 70s fighting opioid addiction

Jeannie Leavitt says breaking her addiction to prescription painkillers is the hardest thing she's ever had to do.
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Insurance inequalities must end for mental illness, substance use

For the past seven years, Rachel S. has been investing inordinate amounts of energy and money in her efforts to receive treatment for her son Michael, who has a severe mental illness and substance use disorder.
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Three ways to avoid substance abuse and still keep up at work

From corporate duties to entertainment, many hard workers have a difficult time keeping up with their lifestyle and the expectations placed on them. Many turn to drug abuse or risky alternatives that often end in addiction, or even death.
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Using Facebook to predict depression

New research uses over half a million Facebook status updates to predict depression diagnoses in people at risk.
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'Hey, Kiddo' Aims To Help Kids With Addicted Parents Feel Less Alone

When author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka was in the fourth grade, his grandparents called him into the living room. "I remember thinking: Oh maybe we're going to go on another family vacation," he says.
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Rutgers NJ Medical School unveils Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School announced the establishment of a new Addiction Medicine Fellowship. The one-year program, targeting the opioid epidemic, will offer three fellowship positions beginning in July. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 1.
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New NIDA Research Reveals the Power of Social Reinforcers

When it is available and can be delivered appropriately and effectively, medication is a crucial part of treating addiction—but by itself, a pill or an injection may not be sufficient.
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Addiction in the C-suite

Addiction is an equal-opportunity nightmare. Even CEOs and others at the pinnacle of their careers aren't exempt from the price an addictive dependence can exact on one's career and personal life.
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