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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 21, 2018

Greetings all. Please note that our Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish next week, Friday December 28th. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of Wellspring Center for Prevention, we wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! Be safe.

Surge in Teen Vaping Gives Rise to Nicotine Addiction

Concentrated doses of nicotine prompt higher rates of addiction than cigarettes. With few treatment options for teens, the FDA plans public hearings.
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Opioids May Help Chronic Pain, But Not Much

Potentially addictive opioid painkillers are often prescribed for chronic pain, but they actually work only slightly better than placebo pills, a new review shows.
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New Job Hope For Adults In Drug And Alcohol Recovery

For most of his life when he was in between jobs, Tim Tulvey would toss his resume up on a hiring site like Indeed.com. He had decades of management experience working for landscaping companies, and even owned his own pest control business for a while.
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Today's More Potent Pot Means Higher Odds for Dependence: Study

Pot's increasing potency could make it more likely that toking will interfere with users' lives, a new study argues.
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The Health 202: More people are getting treatment for mental health and substance abuse

A new study from independent nonprofit FAIR Health analyzed individual procedures or services covered by private insurance companies from 2007 to 2017. In that decade, use of services for behavioral health, which includes substance abuse and mental-health conditions, went up 320 percent.
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Suicide threats on social media: Advice from a mental health professional

Most people don’t know what to say or do when someone makes a statement like Pete Davidson's in “real life.”
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Drugs of abuse: Identifying the addiction circuit

What happens in the brain of compulsive drug users? UNIGE researchers have pinpointed the circuit of the brain that controls addictive behaviour..
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SF sues drug companies over marketing of addictive painkillers

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing Purdue Pharma and other pharmaceutical companies of fueling the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction by deliberately misleading doctors and the public about the dangers of powerful painkillers.
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Mental Health Treatment Now Available at Walmart

Mental health care in the United States is going mainstream with the opening of the first mental health clinic housed in a retail setting — a Texas Walmart.
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When Treatment Professionals Relapse: Shattering the Stigma

We are treatment professionals: we are trained to help our clients navigate addiction and mental health crises. We aren’t supposed to relapse and have crises ourselves.
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How mental illness ravages city slums

Mental illness rarely gets a burst of serious national attention in Uganda. The norm dictates that suspected patients must seek first-line treatment in form of psychological help or see mental-health clinicians.
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GABA cells help fight alcohol dependence, study finds

Scientists of the Higher School of Economics, Indiana University, and École normale supérieure clarified how alcohol influences the dopamine and inhibitory cells in the midbrain that are involved in the reward system and the formation of dependency on addictive drugs.
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