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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019


Senators' scathing letter to Juul demands answers about tactics targeting youth, ties to Big Tobacco

Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs is under the microscope again, with 11 senators demanding answers from the company at the center of the youth vaping "epidemic" whose business practices have been shrouded in "immense secrecy," the senators said in a letter to Juul on Monday.
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Anti-vaping advocates push to raise minimum age for nicotine

"The addicted mind justifies some crazy things," said Matt Murphy. The 19-year-old got hooked on nicotine in high school, and what began as experimentation with vaping turned into an addiction.
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Bipartisan Bill Would Give States Control Over Marijuana Laws

The measure would effectively grant states total control over marijuana legalization.
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How Do Illegal Drugs Cross The U.S.-Mexico Border?

NPR's Michel Martin talks to Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, about how illicit drugs end up in the United States.
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Marijuana Edibles: Buyers and Users Beware

When he arrived at the hospital by ambulance, the 70-year-old man said he felt like he was dying.
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A plan to let patients compare addiction treatment programs

Families should be able to compare and find addiction recovery providers the same way shoppers compare cars or refrigerators, according to Thomas McClellan.
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For serious mental illness, early intervention is key

Shawn Speidel was 19 years old when he started hearing voices. He knew from the very beginning that “it wasn’t right,” he recalls.
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Through my eyes: Living with anxiety and addiction

If I think back to all of the most memorable and joyous moments of my life, my memories are laced with a dark, gripping cloak of anxiety.
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Addiction Among Older Adults Poses Complex Challenge

Chronic pain and social isolation can complicate efforts to curb substance misuse in America’s older population.
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