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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 31, 2019

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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.

CBD craze causing confusion with different state laws
Heather Kaufman Beguin sells CBD oils in her small Scottsbluff shop. Some customers swear by it. But Nebraska's attorney general calls cannabidiol, or CBD, an illegal drug, just like marijuana. So police shut the shop down.

The Unseen Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel
April Grove Doyle, a 40-year-old single mom with metastatic breast cancer, pulled her car to the side of the road. Her face was flushed and her eyes puffy from crying, but she looked into the phone mounted on her dashboard and pressed the record button.

Young People Increasingly Represented in Growing Mental Health Insurance Claims
A new analysis underscores that depression and anxiety are growing problems for America's youth.

'There really is no safe opioid': Study finds tramadol isn't a less addictive painkiller
Prescriptions for post-surgery pain are on the rise, but they shouldn't be, researchers say

Video game addiction is a mental health disorder
The WHO (World Health Organization) calls gaming addiction "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior" so severe it "takes precedence over other life interests".

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