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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 24, 2020

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A tale of two epidemics: When COVID-19 and opioid addiction collide
I am a primary care doctor who has recovered from — and who treats — opiate addiction. I work in an inner-city primary care clinic in Chelsea, Massachusetts, which currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 in the state, due, in part, to poverty..

Despite evidence, many primary care doctors don't want to prescribe medications for addiction
There may be widely recommended medicines for treating opioid addiction, but one-third of primary care physicians believe the treatments are no more effective or safe than other approaches, such as counseling or a 12-step recovery program, according to a new survey..

Rutgers Expert Discusses How to Manage Chronic Pain, Opioid Addiction During COVID-19
An estimated one in five Americans suffer from chronic pain, and more than 40 people die every day from prescription opioid overdoses. But due to COVID-19 shutdowns, many people trying to manage their pain and addiction have lost their support programs.

Should We Stop Celebrating 4/20 For What It Is Today?
It seems rather cruel and unusual that on perhaps the most symbolic 4/20 ever—where we literally have four "twenties" today, April 20, 2020, at 4:20 p.m.—that we all must celebrate the holiday differently this year.

The positive impact of gratitude on mental and physical health
Dr. Robert Emmons, "the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude" and other researchers dig into the positive mental and physical health benefits of expressing gratitude.

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GSA Launches New Day of Silence Video
DEA launches Secure Your Meds campaign, calls on A...

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