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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 16, 2021

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NIH Lessons Learned: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Those Struggling With Substance Use Disorders
Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently spoke with Nora Volkow, MD, director of NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people struggling with substance use disorders and those who are trying to help them.

Why Are ER Wait Times Getting Longer for Kids in Mental Health Crisis?
U.S. children commonly wait hours in the emergency room for help with a mental health crisis -- a problem that has worsened over time, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 2005 and 2015, prolonged ER stays became ever more common for children and teenagers in need of mental health help. By 2015, nearly one-quarter of kids were in the ER for at least six hours -- up from 16% a decade prior.

Rising U.S. Deaths After Users Mix Coke, Meth With an Opioid
Overdose deaths resulting from a dangerous combination of cocaine and opioids are outpacing fatalities linked to cocaine abuse alone, a new U.S. government report warns.

Teen Pot Use Could Mean Less Success as Adult
Teenage pot use can hamper a kid's future chances of landing a good job with a large salary, mainly by interfering with his or her education, a new study of twins has found..

George Floyd's addiction could change how we talk about drug use and Black Americans
Like millions of Americans, George Floyd lived with the torment of drug addiction. He and his girlfriend, Courteney Ross, became addicted to opioids four years ago after both were prescribed the drugs for chronic pain. When the prescriptions ran out, they turned to illegal drug use, she said. They tried to go clean but failed. They tried again but could not stop for long.

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