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


U.S. deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit highest level since record-keeping began

The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since federal data collection started in 1999, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by two public health nonprofits.
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Young Adults at Risk for Addiction Show Key Differences in Brain Region

Young adults at risk of developing addiction problems show key differences in a particular brain region tied to impulse control, according to a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology..
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Can our surroundings fuel addiction?

New research in the journal Learning and Memory explores the impact of environmental cues on addiction. The findings could enhance the process of recovering from addiction.
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Addiction center raises concerns over ketamine approval

A New Jersey, USA-based addiction treatment center has warned that the US regulator’s expected approval of ketamine to address depression could cause “an explosion in addiction.”
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The link between sleep, genes, and mental health

Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark could affect your risk of developing a psychiatric disorder.
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HS athletes are still prescribed opioids. Adults in the room, speak up

There are 23,000 kids who play high school football in New Jersey. About 2,800 of them were prescribed opioids for pain last season.
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CBD Is Everywhere, but Scientists Still Don’t Know Much About It

“It is a kind of a new snake oil in the sense that there are a lot of claims and not so much evidence,” said one expert.
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The Alcohol Crisis in America Has Been Overshadowed By Opioids, but Can No Longer Be Ignored

When talking about drug abuse and drug-related death in the U.S., most conversations and statistics do not include alcohol.
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