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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 26, 2019


FDA threatens to fine Walmart, Kroger and convenience store chains for selling tobacco to minors

The Federal Drug Administration threatened to fine Walmart, Kroger, Family Dollar and more than a half dozen convenience store and gas station chains for illegally selling tobacco products to minors.
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Southern States Slowly Embracing Harm Reduction to Curb Opioid Epidemic

As a top agent with North Carolina’s Bureau of Investigation, Donnie Varnell had tried everything to stop people from fatally overdosing on opioids, from arresting more low-level drug users to talking with doctors. Nothing worked.
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A dangerous fentanyl myth lives on

Consciousness returned as a small break in the darkness, a tiny opening through which light and sound slowly filtered through.
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Addiction and Nursing - How the epidemic affects nurses

When my buddy Jason first got into his nursing program, I was excited for him. Nursing is an honorable profession, one that is constantly in demand and provides certain stability that other career paths may not.
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Prison For Forced Addiction Treatment? A Parent's 'Last Resort' Has Consequences

Robin Wallace thought her years of working as a counselor in addiction treatment gave her a decent understanding of the system. She has worked in private and state programs in Massachusetts and with people who were involuntarily committed to treatment.
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Gen Z Will Be the Ultimate Pot Consumers

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

This 4/20, three times more of the cohort that Corporate America’s salivating over was able to buy legal cannabis.
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Crisis Measures: Cannabis for the Opioid Epidemic

Doctors and physicians are increasingly considering cannabis for the opioid epidemic as its use could save countless lives.
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Can Online Tools Help Employees Build Resilience?

You have had a tough day at work. Your presentation did not go well; your boss harshly critiqued your performance; a colleague was promoted to a position you had hoped to fill; and, on top of it all, some of your coworkers planned to go out after work and you were not invited.
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Millennials are less healthy than Gen X and it may be due to mental illness

Millennials are less healthy than the generation before them, and the difference — particularly in Philadelphia — is driven by mental illness, substance use disorders, and endocrine conditions such as diabetes.
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