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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 24, 2021

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Marijuana use soars among college students while alcohol use drops: research

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study has found that marijuana use among college students is soaring as alcohol consumption drops. In its "Monitoring the Future" report, the NIH found that 44 percent of college students reported using marijuana in the past year, a 6-point increase from 2015. Daily marijuana usage ticked up from 5 percent to 8 percent of respondents during that time.

Fatal Opioid ODs Keep Rising in Black Americans

The decades-long U.S. opioid epidemic could be hitting Black people harder than white folks as the crisis enters a new phase. Opioid overdose death rates among Black Americans jumped nearly 40% from 2018 to 2019 in four states hammered by the epidemic, researchers found.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee release a white paper
U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), members of the Senate Finance Committee, released "A Bold Vision for America's Mental Well-being," a white paper outlining a new framework for reimagining and redesigning how mental and behavioral health care is delivered in the United States. The white paper calls for a bold, unified national strategy that is based on smart resource planning and funding, and addresses the country's mental and behavioral health crisis through local community needs.

Increases in Availability of Cannabis Products Containing Delta-8 THC and Reported Cases of Adverse Events
Marijuana, which can also be called weed, pot, or dope, refers to all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., including flower, seeds, and extracts with more than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by dry weight. Any part of the cannabis plant containing 0.3% or less THC by dry weight is defined as hemp.1 The cannabis plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids, including THC, which is psychoactive (i.e., impairing or mind-altering) and causes a "high".2 CBD is another active cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that is not psychoactive and does not cause a "high".

Mental Health Doesn't Evolve in a Vacuum. Can Mental Illness be Prevented? | Opinion
Many psychiatrists are now seeing an increase in mental illness. Not only in isolated individuals, but in populations, rates are increasing. Brought about by longstanding disparities in income, employment, access to health care, education, nutrition and safe housing the destructive effects of discrimination on mental health may be permanent.

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