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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 4, 2019


The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic

If America approached addiction treatment like any other form of health care, it would go a long way to solving the opioid crisis.
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Removing The Workplace Stigma Attached To Men's Mental Health

One of the more pleasing workplace related trends of recent years is the growing acceptance of discussions around mental health.
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America’s Mental-Health Policy Quietly Improves

This week, over 900 people died of opioid overdoses, and 400,000 mentally ill spent the night behind bars. But next year could be different if Congress continues its support of changes being made at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).
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The Wrenching Financial Costs Of Addiction

If you’ve seen the recent movies Beautiful Boy or Ben Is Back, you’ve learned about the pain parents experience when their grown child becomes an addict.
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‘You Can Make It Out’: Readers Share Stories of Opioid Addiction and Survival

Every 11 minutes, another life in the United States is lost to an opioid overdose. The epidemic affects old and young, rich and poor. It stretches across genders, races and state lines. And every year the crisis has grown deadlier.
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The Perils Of Tech Addiction

The young men sit in chairs in a circle in a small meeting room in suburban Seattle and introduce themselves before they speak. It is much like any other 12-step meeting — but with a twist.
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Depression, anxiety, nicotine withdrawal: Trying to quit vaping 'was hell'

Andrea "Nick' Tattanelli quit vaping in August. "Oh man," the 39-year-old Kansas City man says. "It was hell." The mortgage banker was depressed for three days. He felt a void in his life.
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Legal marijuana made big promises on racial equity — and fell short

“Time is really up on selling your business dream as a social justice movement,” said the president of the Minority Cannabis Business Association.
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Controversial tool emerges in opioid fight: fentanyl test strips

A controversial tool has emerged in the fight against opioid overdose deaths. It's a strip that allows people who use street drugs such as cocaine and heroin to test whether their drugs are laced with fentanyl.
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The five most addictive substances in the world

What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask.
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