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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 10, 2021

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New York City allows the nation's 1st supervised consumption sites for illegal drugs

Officials in New York City say the first government-approved supervised drug injection sites in the nation began offering services to people with addiction. The program is part of the city's "harm reduction" strategy designed to reduce an unprecedented surge of overdose deaths.

Wearable Device Spots, Reverses Opioid Overdoses

A wearable device that could inject a lifesaving antidote for an opioid overdose might be on the horizon.

Teens have easier access to drugs as illegal trade booms on social media
Last winter, Megan Macintosh found her 18-year-old son Chase unconscious after she says he experimented with pills. He died just over a month later, likely from a pill laced with fentanyl from an unknown source.

Tackle the causes of drug addiction
Prof Woody Caan suggests improving child protection and reducing social inequality, while Felix Bellaby questions Boris Johnson's police uniform

A youth mental health crisis was already brewing. The pandemic made it worse, surgeon general says.
The situation painted across the U.S. surgeon general's 53-page advisory is dire. Compared with 2019, emergency room visits for suicide attempts rose 51 percent for adolescent girls in early 2021. Among boys, there was a four percentage point increase. Depression and anxiety doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, with 25 percent of youths experiencing depressive symptoms and 20 percent suffering anxiety symptoms, according to the report published Tuesday..

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