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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 13, 2019

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'Warm' Hotlines Deliver Help Before Mental Health Crisis Heats Up
Unlike a hotlines, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis.

Built For Counterterrorism, This High-Tech Machine Is Now Helping Fight Fentanyl
Sarah Mackin runs a cotton swab around the inside of a tiny plastic baggie that appears to be empty. She spreads whatever residue the swab picked up onto a test strip that resembles a Band-Aid, then slides the strip into a buzzing machine about the size of a boxed, take-home pie.

Mental health and addiction care are poorly covered by insurance networks
More than 70,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2017, yet insurers spent only 1% of their total health care dollars on treatment for substance use disorders — a decrease from two years earlier.

U.S. Poison Centers Field More Calls About Psychoactive Substances: Study
Exposure to natural substances with psychoactive effects -- including marijuana, kratom, magic mushrooms and nutmeg -- triggered more than 67,300 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers over nearly two decades.

App could help identify risk of relapsing from opioid addiction treatment
Researchers at NYU Langone Health want to see whether a computer betting game could predict the risk that a person recovering from opioid addiction will relapse.

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