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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 2, 2020

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The long-term pain of the mental health pandemic
A less visible but still massive trauma caused by the coronavirus is becoming clear: our mental health is suffering with potentially long-lasting consequences.

WHO develops new guidelines to prevent mental health conditions among adolescents
New guidelines from WHO recommend a set of psychosocial interventions to promote mental health and prevent mental health conditions among adolescents, aged 10-19 years.

Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey is on the Ballot
Yes, the Presidential elections are important. As doubtless are those races for Congress. Sure, it's good to vote for your Mayor and Board of Education members. However, let's not forget that, in this election cycle, the legalization of marijuana is also up for a vote. To be blunt, will weed grow in the Garden State?

Associations Between Prenatal Cannabis Exposure and Childhood Outcomes
This cross-sectional analysis of 11 489 children (655 exposed to cannabis prenatally) found that prenatal cannabis exposure after maternal knowledge of pregnancy was associated with greater psychopathology during middle childhood, even after accounting for potentially confounding variables.

SAMHSA Remains Committed to the Nation's Mental Health
SAMHSA stands by its commitment to fostering and protecting the mental health of all Americans. It is vastly disappointing that the mere reference to mental health is seen as a political ploy by members of the media and even other federal agencies who purportedly exist to protect the health of Americans. SAMHSA will proudly and continually advocate for the importance of addressing mental health.

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