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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 16, 2019


Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges
With 1 in 10 Americans saying they misuse drugs, doctors should ask everyone about both illegal and prescription use, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said.

Kids Getting Too Many Opioids After Tonsillectomy
Amid a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, a new study finds that even children are being prescribed powerful opioid painkillers after having their tonsils removed.

How much will NJ really make from taxing legal weed?
How much money could New Jersey bring in if the state ever legalizes recreational marijuana? The question is difficult to answer, and states that have tried predicting legal weed revenue have been all over the place due to hazy data, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts..

Parent-targeted interventions in primary care improve parent-teen communication on alcohol and sex
New research shows that brief parent-targeted interventions in the primary care setting can increase communication between parents and their teens about sexual and alcohol-related behavior. This method may serve as an important strategy for parents to influence adolescent behaviors and health outcomes.

Prescribers and Policymakers Must Both Get Better at Harm Reduction
I have been a practicing general surgeon for more than 30 years. A major part of my work involves the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Sometimes that pain is a direct result of the operations I perform.

It’s hard being a girl
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