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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 11, 2021

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Did a Ban on Flavored Vapes Raise Teen Smoking Rates?
A ban on flavored vaping products in San Francisco may have increased high school students' use of conventional cigarettes, according to a new study.

We're Overlooking a Major Culprit in the Opioid Crisis
Journalists have largely presented the overdose crisis as a story of three interconnected and perhaps inevitable waves. First, drug companies, led by Purdue Pharma, maker of the notorious OxyContin, convinced gullible doctors to prescribe unneeded opioids.

America Has a Drinking Problem
A little alcohol can boost creativity and strengthen social ties. But there's nothing moderate, or convivial, about the way many Americans drink today..

Impact on mental health, addiction recovery as things go back to normal
As more Americans get vaccinated and life returns to some degree of normalcy, experts weighed in on the impact the pandemic has had on mental health and addiction..

New Jersey Continues Enhancing Addiction Treatment Efforts by Joining Treatment Resource Project
New Jersey Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced today that New Jersey will be enhancing access to information about its addiction treatment options by joining a project that gives consumers an online reference guide to help those with a substance use disorder find the help they need. Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the nation's addiction crisis, is working with the Department of Human Services and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to expand the reach of its free resource ATLAS to New Jersey. ATLAS stands for Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards platform.

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