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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 18, 2021

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men — Not So Much For Pleasure, But To Cope
Victoria Cooper thought her drinking habits in college were just like everyone else's. Shots at parties. Beers while bowling. Sure, she got more refills than some and missed classes while nursing hangovers, but she couldn't have a problem, she thought.

Addressing Racial And Ethnic Disparities In The Use Of Medications For Opioid Use Disorder
Social discourse about the opioid crisis in the US has focused on White populations, even though opioid-related deaths have grown at a higher rate among people of color than among non-Hispanic White people in recent years.

Youth Vaping Rates Decline, But 1 in 5 U.S. Teens Still Uses E-Cigs

Although the number of teens who use e-cigarettes has dropped significantly, new research suggests that vaping rates are still too high.

Recent Legislation Can Dramatically Improve Substance Use Prevention
The recent and ongoing opioid crisis has prompted a surge in much-needed legislative attention and action to bolster our nation's response to addiction. Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act in 2016 and the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act in 2018 to address opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose deaths through a variety of initiatives in prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support..

Lessons about marijuana edibles from youth vaping
When it comes to children's health, parents — and public activism — can make a difference. The declining valuation of Juul, maker of vaping equipment, and the surge in regulations restricting the nicotine vaping market can be attributed in no small part to the actions of parents who were shocked and dismayed by the toll that vaping was taking on their kids and their kids' friends.

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