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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 18, 2019


Racial Disparities in Opioid Addiction Treatment in Black and White Populations
Racial disparities in outcomes are still commonplace in the United States, and one way this is apparent is the differences in how African-Americans receive medication for opioid addiction treatment.

Marijuana use at historic highs among college-age adults
Newly released Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey data on drug use in college-age adults ages 19-22 shows an increase in marijuana use in the past five years, including vaping with marijuana, as well as a significant increase in nicotine vaping..

Why This Sesame Street Reveal of a Mom's Addiction is So Major
Karli has had a pretty tough life for such a young muppet.  When we first met Karli on Sesame Street back in May, we learned that she was in foster care. Today, Sesame Street reveals the reason she's not living at home: Karli's mom is struggling with addiction.

Social Media and Substance Use
As a parent and caregiver, it's often tempting to pull back in terms of monitoring a teen's social media use, especially as they get older, trying to balance privacy with signs of risky behaviors.

Combat troops at higher risk for opioid, heroin addiction, study says
Combat exposure puts U.S. troops and veterans at substantial risk for abusing prescription opioids and even heroin — more so than service members who deployed but never saw a firefight, according to a working paper published last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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