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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 14, 2018

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Internet gambling addiction is a looming crisis

In her Nov. 28 presentation at Liberty University, First Lady Melania Trump stated that the opioid epidemic was the “worst drug crisis in American history.”
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Surge in young people going into private addiction clinics as poorer addicts 'pushed into gangs'

While well-off addicts can afford private treatment, poorer teenagers with mounting drug problems are being failed by public services, making them 'ripe for grooming', experts warn
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The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment

When other approaches fail, the most effective way to fight a heroin addiction can be heroin itself.
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Update—Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use

Since the index patient with hypocoagulopathy associated with synthetic cannabinoids use was identified on March 8, 2018 in Illinois, at least 324 people have presented to healthcare facilities with serious bleeding from possible exposure.
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Fentanyl overtakes heroin as the No. 1 opioid overdose killer

As the U.S. opioid epidemic grinds on, fentanyl is fast becoming the main culprit in drug overdose deaths, health officials report.
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Patrick Kennedy: Parity Still Needed for Mental Health, Addiction Care

The former congressman is continuing his call for better coverage as suicides and drug overdose deaths rise in America.
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Another Voice: Prevention-based programs help address addiction

There is a popular misconception in our society that addiction is a form of weakness and that stopping, or even cutting down on one’s use, is a matter of “mind over matter.” If this were actually true, then we would have far fewer people suffering every day from a disease that is chronic, progressive and fatal.
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Opioids Exact Another Toll on Newborns: Smaller Heads

Infants born addicted to opioids may be more likely to have smaller heads that might hinder their development, new research suggests.
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