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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 28, 2022

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The pandemic is a mental health crisis, but some health plans and insurance companies are 'falling short' on coverage, report says

Too many health plans and insurance carriers are putting mental health coverage behind physical health conditions even as the pandemic puts mental health problems in hard focus, according to a Tuesday report from the federal government.

3 Factors Helped Teens Stay Mentally Healthy During Pandemic

Support from family and friends, along with exercise and sufficient sleep, have helped protect teens' mental health during the pandemic, new research shows.

A Content Analysis of Cannabis Company Adherence to Marketing Requirements in Four States
Marketing messages can influence adolescents' attitudes and behaviors toward alcohol and tobacco. In the era of legalized cannabis use, retail cannabis companies often use social media marketing on platforms popular among youth. The purpose of this study was to evaluate adherence to state-based regulations for restricted and required content across social media from recreational cannabis businesses.

The pandemic may have created a nation of problem drinkers -- and many are women
For many people, social drinking is a celebrated pastime. At least it was in the good old days -- you know, before we began living Covid's nightmare version of Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day."

Relieving depression with LSD-like drugs without causing hallucinations
Psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin from "magic mushrooms" have been proposed to ease depression. But the hallucination side effect makes these powerful drugs less ideal as therapeutics. Now, scientists in China have designed LSD analogs that appear to have solved the hallucination problem.

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