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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 18, 2020

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Teens Are Overdosing on Allergy Medication in New TikTok Challenge
Millions of people tackle the latest dance and fitness challenges on TikTok. But there's a new Benadryl challenge that doctors say is dangerous—and potentially fatal.

Educating teens about substance abuse is still essential | Expert Opinion
If you are the parent of a teen, the teacher of a teen, the coach of a teen, or someone who has ever seen a teen, you may have noticed that they think and behave differently from most adults. Rest assured that there is a biological explanation for this.

A gut-wrenching glimpse inside a high school for recovering teen addicts
At Northshore Recovery High School, students are greeted with hugs and "I love yous" from their principal. They text their teachers, telling them that they spent the night before smoking weed or popping pills. They have a bathroom specifically for taking drug tests.

Editorial: Spotty mental health and addiction care worsens COVID pandemic's impact
Even before the pandemic swept through California, a person needing help with depression or a recurring addiction could face a glaring loophole with insurance coverage. Insurers would only cover a few sessions, obliging patients to switch to state-paid Medi-Cal to find care.

Hangover From Alcohol Boom Could Last Long After Pandemic Ends
When the coronavirus swept the country, a lot of things government did in response were controversial. Politicians fought over mask wearing rules and quarantine restrictions.

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