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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 17, 2021


As Overdose Deaths Soar, White House Announces Harm Reduction Program

With opioid-driven drug overdoses reaching record levels, the White House is turning away from punishment and toward treatment

Rep. Norcross Announces Bill to Increase Access to and Modernize Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01) announced the imminent introduction of the Opioid Treatment Access Act, innovative legislation that would increase access to and modernize the process of obtaining methadone to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). The bill will lower obstacles to treatment by making opioid treatment programs more accessible, allowing patients easier access to evidence-based treatment, and empowering them to spend more time living their lives and less time waiting in line at opioid treatment programs (often referred to as methadone clinics).

State marijuana policies and vaping associated lung injuries in the US
The United States' 2019 outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injuries (EVALI) was linked to an additive most common in informally-sourced vaporizable marijuana concentrates. This study estimates how states' recreational and medical marijuana policies related to their 2019 EVALI incidence and residents' likelihood of vaping as their primary mode of marijuana use.

This strip of paper can help prevent a drug overdose
It's a little strip of paper not much longer than 2 inches, and it has the potential to prevent a drug overdose. These strips can detect fentanyl, the deadliest drug in the United States, when it's mixed with other drugs.

COVID Is Driving a Children's Mental Health Emergency
Deaths of parents and other terrible experiences have hurt hundreds of thousands, so new initiatives are trying to help families in pain.

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