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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 22, 2019


Nearly 1 in 7 US kids and teens has a mental health condition, and half go untreated

Half of children with a mental health condition in the United States go without treatment, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
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Teaching to the Drug Test

Teachers are proving particularly vulnerable to disconnects between state and federal law that send conflicting messages about the use of medical marijuana.
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The latest way to combat the opioid epidemic — student-loan relief

A new program will provide up to $75,000 of student loan relief for health care providers working on substance use disorders
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Opioid prescriptions for pets surge, mirroring human crisis

Many more Americans may be getting opioids for their pets, and veterinarians appear to be prescribing increasingly potent versions of these drugs to animals, a small study suggests.
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Insurers Making It Harder to Treat Opioid Addiction: Study

Insurance rules that limit access to the addiction treatment medication buprenorphine may be worsening the U.S. opioid epidemic, a new study suggests.
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Half of U.S. Kids With a Mental Health Disorder Don't Get Treatment

If you're worried that your child may suffer from a mental health condition, such as anxiety, depression or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you have plenty of company.
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Depression: Gene-activating drug reverses symptoms in mice

New research shows that activating a gene that, in turn, boosts the activity of certain neurons involved in depression can reverse symptoms of the condition in male mice.
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Big Health releases new mental wellness app

A new app seeks to help stressed out workers better combat their worries. Health technology company Big Health released earlier this month Daylight, a smartphone application that uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help workers handle negative thoughts and feelings.
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