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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 29, 2021

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As More Legal Pot Dispensaries Open, More Young Adults Start Using
As more states legalize marijuana and more shops begin to sell it, more young adults are using pot and developing drug-use disorders, a new study finds. For the study, researchers looked at young adults in Los Angeles County before and after retail sale of recreational marijuana was legalized in California.

Principles of care established for young adults with substance use disorders
The collection of peer-reviewed papers was developed to guide providers on how to treat young adults with substance use disorder given their age-specific needs, as well as elevate national discussions on addressing these challenges more systematically.

COVID-19 and Alcohol Consumption: How Women are Disproportionately Affected
From the earliest days of the pandemic, social media has been flooded with jokes and memes about turning to alcohol to cope. But 10 months later, many are reevaluating their relationship to alcohol in a very serious way, some spurred on by the popularity of so-called "Dry January."

Drug decriminalization without mandatory treatment is a flawed fix
Oregon is embarking on a bold new direction in drug policy by decriminalizing low-level possession of illicit drugs and focusing instead on expanding drug treatment. It's an enlightened approach, recognizing that addiction is a public health problem that won't be solved by putting users in jail — where drug use is rampant and adequate treatment services are rare..

It's Children's Mental Health, Not Their Education, That Is Really Suffering In Lockdown
The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to exacerbate existing mental health problems among children, according to a new report. And increased isolation caused by lockdowns risks causing long-term damage to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of young people.

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