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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 2, 2019

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More and More Seniors Are Binge Drinking
Binge drinking is often associated with young adults, but according to a new study, more than 10% of people over 65 do it, too.

Number of American Smokers Who've Tried to Quit Has Stalled
Even if it takes multiple attempts, a majority of smokers do finally kick the habit. But new research finds the percentage of smokers who are even trying to quit has flatlined.

Summer as a Risk Factor for Drug Initiation
In 2017, an estimated 3,033,000 individuals in the United States (US) initiated cannabis, 1,037,000 initiated cocaine, 794,000 initiated LSD, and 787,000 initiated ecstasy/MDMA/Molly.

How racial inequity is playing out in the opioid crisis
The opioid epidemic in the United States has largely centered on white Americans, who account for roughly 80 percent of opioid overdose victims.

Psychotherapy should be first option to treat depression in young people, study says
Adolescents and young adults with mental illness may not benefit significantly from antidepressants, a new study suggests.

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