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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 13, 2021

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Seniors Rarely Discuss Their Drinking With Their Doctors

Plenty of seniors may struggle with problem drinking, but a new study shows that less than half of them discuss their alcohol use with their health care providers.

The Importance of Restricting Youth Access to Marijuana in the Age of Legalization: Lessons Learned From Tobacco Control Efforts and COVID-19 Restrictions
After a year of uncertainty regarding the effects of COVID-19 on youth substance use, the data are starting to come in and the picture is less dire than anticipated. Undoubtedly, young people with significant individual and family risk factors—such as high levels of emotional distress, anxiety, or financial strain—struggled this year both in terms of their mental health and substance use

Punishing drug use heightens the stigma of addiction
Our understanding of substance use disorders as chronic but treatable health conditions has come a long way since the dark days when they were thought of as character flaws — or worse. Yet societal norms surrounding drug use and addiction continue to be informed by myths and misconceptions.

How American Attitudes About Drugs Changed Overnight
Lots of people want to talk about drugs, from the President to that random dude at a party. Few people actually know what they're talking about, and almost no one knows as much as Ethan Nadelmann.

Punishing Drug Use Heightens the Stigma of Addiction
Our understanding of substance use disorders as chronic but treatable health conditions has come a long way since the dark days when they were thought of as character flaws — or worse. Yet our societal norms surrounding drug use and addiction continue to be informed by unfounded myths and misconceptions.

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