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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 29, 2020

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Kaiser releases detailed, eye-opening report about youth mental health
Findings: Nearly 25 percent of at-risk youth say they don't feel safe; and 98 percent have experienced more than one traumatic event before age 18.

New designer opioid linked to overdose deaths in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana
A new synthetic opiate may be contributing to the addiction crisis, showing signs of penetrating new markets, according to those who have followed it.

A new model shows opioid deaths may be significantly underreported
Opioids have been blamed for the deaths of at least 400,000 U.S. residents in the past two decades—but research now shows that number could be much higher.

Should 19 Be the Minimum Age to Use Legal Cannabis? Here's What Experts Think
In the United States, you have to be 21 years old to buy alcohol. But Canadian researchers say that the legal age to use marijuana recreationally should be 19 — more or less the same as the legal drinking age in Canada.

The Coming Mental-Health Crisis
Congress must rethink the American approach to mental-health care during the pandemic.

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