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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 6, 2019

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Commentary: Supervised injection sites are enabling, but necessary
People living in addiction are experts at enabling other people to enable them. Their expertise is part of a survival strategy for the addicted individual and the addiction itself.

Obscure state regulations gave birth to the opioid crisis
In the last several years, life expectancy fell in America. It reversed decades long trends of Americans living longer, and is in spite of advances in medicine.

How Vaping Snuck Up On Regulators
When President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, it gave government regulators an important new weapon in its battle against Big Tobacco.

The Repurposing of the American Jail
Jails and prisons are becoming substance-abuse treatment facilities—even for those who haven't been accused of a crime.

New tools needed in the fight against substance use disorder
The infrastructure around treatment must be strengthened by equipping medical professionals with the tools to manage patients with substance use disorders

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