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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 24, 2019

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Prescription Opioid Use Plummeted Most on Record Last Year
The volume of opioids prescribed in the U.S. fell 17% last year, the most in more than a quarter-century, as doctors have become increasingly cautious about giving out large amounts of the drugs amid an epidemic of abuse..

More Than 600,000 Opioid Abusers Raising Kids in U.S.
They might be too young to abuse opioids themselves, but America's kids are suffering nonetheless because of their drug-dependent parents.

Fewer than half of Americans who abuse opioids have access to addiction medicine
White drug users addicted to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids have had near-exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving for opioids and reduces the chance of a fatal overdose.

What's the Real Link Between Pot Dispensaries and Crime Rates?
A new study aims to deconstruct myths about the so-called dangers of cannabis dispensaries

Treating the Trauma behind Addiction
Politicians, health care workers and others in recent years have called for a change in approach toward addiction, from condemning it as a lifestyle choice to treating it as a disease.

States seeing severe shortage for teen mental health services
New reporting shows that the nation's medical system does not have enough resources to meet the demand for teen mental health services.

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