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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 3, 2020

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Are Online Psychiatry And Psychotherapy The Next Frontier In Digital Health?
In 2017, the World Health Organization declared that mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. However, there are not enough professionals to reach the huge number of people affected, and the shortage of treatment options is only getting worse. One solution is to move mental health treatment online.

Scientists discover key neural circuit regulating alcohol consumption
Scientists have known that a region of the brain called the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) plays a role in behaviors related to alcohol use and consumption in general.

Babies born addicted to opioids cost U.S. more than half a billion dollars a year
Babies born addicted to opioids cost the U.S. health care system more than half a billion dollars a year, a new study finds.

Mothers, Babies Overlooked in the Drug Crisis
Many women who suffer from opioid abuse are also using other drugs, experts say.

"Sober curious" Americans are reshaping nightlife: "I actually have more fun without alcohol"
A growing group of Americans are reducing their consumption of alcohol or cutting it out entirely. Interest in the "sober curious" community can be seen at new alcohol-free bars and events and online.


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