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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 18, 2019


Opioid Overdoses Are Now The Nation’s Most Common Preventable Cause Of Death

Americans are more likely to accidentally overdose than die in a motor vehicle accident or a fall, according to a new report.
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Meth’s resurgence highlights lack of meds to combat addiction

Overdose rates involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016.
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Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction Announce Merger

Together, as Center on Addiction, They Will Transform How U.S. Addresses Addiction
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Maryland regulators: Is medical marijuana effective for treating opioid addiction? Answer: It's complicated

As opioid overdose deaths continued to mount in Maryland last year, state lawmakers asked medical marijuana regulators to determine whether cannabis could be effective at treating addiction to heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone.
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F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

The Food and Drug Administration is accusing Juul and Altria of reneging on promises they made to the government to keep e-cigarettes away from minors.
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After Opioid OD, Most Patients Can Leave Hospital in an Hour

People who overdose on opioids can often be saved quickly with a dose of naloxone, but it hasn't been clear how long someone should be kept in the hospital after being revived.
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At Risk for an Opioid OD? There's an App for That

Drug users suffering an opioid overdose might soon have access to an unusual lifeline -- a smartphone app.
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How heroin and fentanyl get into Philadelphia — and why a border wall likely wouldn’t stop them

In his prime-time address Tuesday night on shutting down much of the government over funding for a wall on the southern border, President Donald Trump suggested that the structure could help stop heroin from entering the country.
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Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?

Permitting pot is one thing; promoting its use is another.
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Why vaping is so dangerous for teens

Most of what we know about nicotine addiction in teens, we know from cigarettes. But experts say the technology and chemistry of vaping might pose an entirely different threat.
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