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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 7, 2021

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Medical records analysis links cannabis use disorder in pregnancy to infant health problems
A new study of nearly 5 million live births recorded in California from 2001 to 2012 found that babies born to mothers diagnosed with cannabis use disorders at delivery were more likely to experience negative health outcomes, including preterm birth and low birth weight, compared to babies born to mothers without a cannabis use disorder diagnosis.

ADHD and the Misuse of Prescription Stimulants: Implications for Treatment Decisions
Comprehensive screening and risk mitigation strategies are crucial for understanding and reducing nonmedical use of ADHD medications.

'This is victory': Anti-smoking advocates applaud FDA's move to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it will begin the process of banning menthol tobacco cigarettes, as well as all flavored cigars — a move heralded as one expected to improve the health of groups most likely to smoke menthol products, including children and Black Americans.

Survey & Hospital Claims Data Show the Mental Health Toll of COVID in NJ
The prevalence of anxiety, depression and drug and substance abuse have all increased among New Jersey residents amid the pandemic, survey responses and hospital claims data confirm. A new analysis from the New Jersey Hospital Association, The Other Epidemic: The Mental Health Toll of COVID-19, shows that the mental health challenges have been particularly pronounced in young people.

Older Adults Give Their Mental Health High Marks, Polls Find
In many ways COVID-19 has been particularly hard on older adults, who are more vulnerable to complications from the virus. But when it comes to their mental health, the older they are, the better they've felt, according to recent surveys.

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