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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 1, 2019


Artificial intelligence could help screen trauma patients who misuse alcohol

Researchers have found an artificial intelligence method that may soon be used to identify trauma patients who have misused alcohol.
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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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More young adults binge-drinking well into their 20s

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

More young men and women are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say.
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Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On ‘Better Path’

The last time heroin landed Marissa Angerer in a Midland, Texas, emergency room — naked and unconscious — was May 2016. But that wasn’t her first drug-related interaction with the health system.
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West Virginia community garden helps people in drug addiction recovery

Friendship House in Morgantown gives local man a chance to plant new roots.
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Five myths about mental health you might still believe

Mental health affects everyone in the workplace in some way—whether we know someone struggling, or have struggled ourselves.
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Poison reports related to herbal drug kratom soar, new study says

Poisonings reported from taking kratom, a herbal drug sold over the counter, have soared as the substance has become an increasingly popular treatment for opioid withdrawal and addiction.
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Opioid OD Deaths Quadruple, Centered in 8 States

U.S. opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in the last two decades, and the highest rates are now seen in eight Eastern states, a new study shows.
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Video games to tackle mental health stigma

Three video games featuring characters with mental health conditions have been created to fight the social stigma.
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Long Work Weeks May Be Depressing, Especially for Women

Feeling trapped behind a desk, a counter or on the factory floor does no favors for the mind.
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