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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 15, 2019


The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run

Limiting prescriptions seems logical, but a simulation study shows it would actually increase deaths, not decrease them, in the initial years..
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Which Misused Prescription Meds Send Americans to the ER?

Most folks treated in a U.S. emergency room for misuse of prescription medications get into trouble because they mix different substances, a new study reports.
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This Is What it's Like to Overdose on Heroin Nine Times

I couldn't see anything, but I could hear my mom chattering on the phone. Quick, Cuban Spanish broken by an occasional burst of laughter. Her television blared in the background. A reality show, I think. I couldn't feel my body, either.
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The “I Do” of Addiction

People might mean well, but, benign or not, when somebody asks, how’s your mama doing, my impulse is noneya. As in none of your business.
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Car crashes, psychosis, suicide: Is the drive to legalize marijuana ignoring major risks?

In less than 25 years, marijuana has gone from illegal everywhere in the United States to legal for at least some uses in all but four states.
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Good News: Opioid Prescribing Fell. The Bad? Pain Patients Suffer, Doctors Say.

Doctors and insurers are using federal guidelines as cover to turn away patients, experts tell the C.D.C. and Congress.
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New Jersey 'ill-equipped' to treat patients with autism and mental illness

A South Jersey family says Ancora Psychiatric Hospital didn't know how to treat their son, who has autism. Experts say the problem is widespread.
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NIH Study Shows Many Preteens Screen Positive for Suicide Risk During ER Visits

Findings highlight the importance of screening kids as young as 10 for suicide risk in emergency settings
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E-Cigarettes Can Also Harm Your Heart, Researchers Say

Scientists say study is a “wake-up call” for e-cigarette users, although they acknowledge past smoking may have contributed to health problems.
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