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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 8, 2019


Steep Climb in Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care Doctors

The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015, according to a study published Friday. And about half those prescriptions came from primary care physicians.
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One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be more

Just under 1% of American teenagers are knowingly using the synthetic drug flakka, according to new research.
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FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association says

The American Lung Association gives a federal agency and individual state governments poor marks in a new report card evaluating tobacco prevention programs.
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Parents worried about risks, but still think opioids are best for kids’ pain relief

Headlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry.
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A Fight to Do No Harm

Strategies embraced elsewhere to curb the impact of drug addiction still face obstacles in the U.S.
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America’s Deadly New Normal

A U.S. News analysis shows the American opioid epidemic evolved over three stages to crest at its current high, with no true end in sight.
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Opioid Money Has Helped, But States Want More

Dozens of doctors, nurses and researchers here at the Medical University of South Carolina are working on new opioid treatment projects many say they never dreamed possible.
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Quitting JUUL: New text messaging program targets addicted teens

With e-cigarette use reaching “epidemic levels” among the nation’s youth and major health groups urging the government to step in, an anti-tobacco organization has launched a free text messaging service aimed at teens to help them quit their potentially harmful habits.
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