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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 26, 2018


Higher Rate of ED Visits in Mental Illness Patients Explained

Individuals with mental health diagnoses make 25% more visits to the emergency department (ED) than those without mental illness; increases in frequency correspond to illness severity, new research shows.
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Battling addiction in Orthodox Jewish community means breaking through silence

"The Orthodox attitude about drug problems is to stay quiet on the issue," said one rabbi working as an advocate for those fighting addiction.
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Battling Anxiety, Depression and Tech Addiction In The Workplace

It’s time to talk about mental health in the workplace. Not only are many employees suffering from severe burnout, but they are experiencing a host of other problems, as well.
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‘Tech addiction’ solutions are a billion-dollar market opportunity

Stroll into a restaurant, ride the elevator, or visit the mall, and you’ll notice people just can’t stop checking their phones. For some, it’s a pesky habit, but for others, it’s a thirst that’s hard to quench — arguably an addiction.
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Engineered Enzyme Could Treat Nicotine Addiction

A team of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute has synthesized a new nicotine-degrading enzyme and successfully tested it in nicotine-dependent rats.
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Mental Health Care Critical for Battling the Opioid Crisis

A recent study examining the association between opioid abuse and depression turned a searing spotlight on the need for increased access to mental health in the United States.
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NJ mental health crisis extends beyond usual 'hot spots'

A recent study shows the new “hot spots” of mental health and substance misuse needs in New Jersey, with South Jersey seeing some of the highest rates of emergency department visits.
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Opioid Crisis: Status of Public Health Emergency Authorities

Over 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Partly due to this, HHS declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency on October 26, 2017. This declaration allows HHS some leeway to conduct certain activities in response to the opioid crisis.
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Gaming addiction: Does treatment work?

Whether or not gaming addiction is a diagnosable mental illness is still a hot topic of debate — some experts argue, for example, problem gaming is merely a symptom of other conditions.
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Study: Cannabis addiction linked to altered connectivity within the brain’s striatum

New neuroimaging research published in Human Brain Mapping suggests that cannabis use disorder is associated with specific changes in the functional connectivity of the brain.
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What’s Life Like After Depression? Surprisingly, Little Is Known

Most research on depression focuses on the afflicted, a new paper argues, overlooking a potentially informative group: people who have recovered.
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