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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 5, 2019

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Suicides after mass shootings underline contagion of high-profile tragedies

At least three people who lost friends or family in school shootings have killed themselves in the last week, highlighting the effects of trauma and the problem that news of suicides can encourage copycats..
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The war on opioids is saving lives. But it’s also killing people like me

We had tried everything to stop the spread of my cancer. My doctor felt it was time for me to go home, get my affairs in order and say my goodbyes. “Get your Christmas shopping done early,” he said. “You have just a few months to live.”
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'Am I depressed?': How teens can find mental health help online

Teens don't need to read the headlines to know that they and too many of their peers are feeling lonely, sad, anxious, and suicidal. Recent headlines, however, confirm what's happening in their lives.
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Flood of products containing marijuana extract puts FDA in a bind

Even by the superhyped standard of internet cures, the marijuana and hemp extract cannabidiol is unique, touted as everything from a hair conditioner to a sleep aid and a way to help manage diabetes and fight cancer.
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As nation struggles with opioid crisis, workers bring addiction to the job

After Chris Tullock got promoted from washing dishes to busing tables at a restaurant in Northampton, Massachusetts, she got a second offer that was hard to turn down: smoking weed.
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The 'burden of disease' in those who recover from addiction

Recent research shows that more than one-third of people who are recovering from addiction continue to experience chronic physical disease.
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Mental health stigma, fueled by religious belief, may prevent latinos from seeking help

Religious and cultural beliefs may discourage many Latinos in the United States from seeking treatment for depression and other mental health disorders, a Rutgers University-New Brunswick study finds.
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China Bans All Types of Fentanyl, Cutting Supply of Deadly Drug to U.S. and Fulfilling Pledge to Trump

China announced on Monday that it would ban all variants of the powerful opioid fentanyl, a move that could slow the supply of a drug that in recent years has caused tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States.
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Can CBD help treat depression?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound that has gained popularity in recent years, thanks in part to a growing body of research into its potential health benefits, which may include treating depression.
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FDA: Dozens of seizures reported after vaping, mostly by young people

At least 35 people reported seizures after using electronic cigarettes over the past decade, the Food and Drug Administration said.
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