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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 18, 2022

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Opioid fight needs new strategy, Cabinet leadership: report

A bipartisan report from a congressional commission says the U.S. needs Cabinet-level leadership and a new multipronged strategy to counter its festering overdose epidemic

Rethinking Substance Use Prevention: An Earlier and Broader Approach

Substance use prevention, along with treatment and recovery support, is a key component of the public health approach needed to transform how our nation addresses addiction

How Supervised Drug Consumption Sites Could Help Solve The Opioid Crisis
More than one million people have died of overdoses in the U.S. since 1999 That rate has increased in the age of COVID-19. Recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show more than 100,000 overdose deaths in the 12-month span ending in April 2021 — a record high for one year.

Justice Dept. signals it may allow safe injection sites
The Justice Department is signaling it might be open to allowing so-called safe injection sites, or safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics with protections against fatal overdoses

2 in 5 Drivers Who Use Cannabis and Alcohol Have Driven While Impaired
Driving under the influence is more common with cannabis use alone or combined with alcohol than it is among people who only report drinking, a new study suggests.

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