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


Drug policy head confronted about administration's drug crisis strategy

In a hearing peppered with statistics and stories of the nation's opioid crisis, a government official told a congressional panel Thursday that the Trump administration’s plan for addressing the country’s drug crisis lacks goals and objectives and a way to measure success.
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Juul is pitching its e-cigarette as an anti-smoking tool to employers and insurers

Juul has a new program to pitch its e-cigarette to companies and insurers who want to help their employees stop smoking cigarettes as the company continues to stave off criticism that its product has caused an epidemic in teen smoking.
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Teens Need the Truth About Drugs

Decades of scare tactics haven’t worked. What’s effective is clear information about risks and alternative ways to relieve stress..
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Mobile addiction clinic brings help to those at heart of opioid epidemic

Just as snow begins to hit the windshield, Stuart Masula pulls his blue Ford pickup into a half-empty medical plaza parking lot. He hops out and heads to the RV trailer hitched to the back, flipping on a generator along the way.
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Vaping Is Big Tobacco’s Bait and Switch

Cigarettes hooked generations of teenagers. Now e-cigarettes might do the same.
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Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine

The U.S. surgeon general's office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance-use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation's drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing.
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Landmark ruling sets precedent for parity coverage of mental health and addiction treatment

For far too long, health insurers have been treating people with mental health and substance use disorders like second-class citizens. A federal court recently ruled that this must stop. Employers and regulators, take note.
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Children's mental health needs attention

When state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Letitia James released the findings earlier this month concerning the death of Rochester student Trevyan Rowe, they couldn't have been tougher. They slammed the district for a slew of "systemic failures" in school policies and procedures.
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