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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 25, 2022

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With overdoses at record highs, a veterinary tranquilizer spreading through the U.S. drug supply poses new threats

It was in the mid-2010s, the researchers heard, when "tranq dope" took off in Philadelphia.

Over 2.5 million students were current users of tobacco products last year, survey shows

About 1 in 8 US high school students -- more than 2 million total -- said they had used tobacco products in the previous 30 days, the vast majority being e-cigarettes, according to results from the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

The FDA needs the authority to regulate vaping
Despite federal crackdowns on the sale of flavored vape pods such as Juul, new data show that 2 million middle and high school students are still vaping, primarily flavored vapes.

Let Empathy Inform Our Approach to Addiction
A public health approach that scraps judgment and stigma can help curb America's addiction crisis.

Telehealth Has Played an Outsized Role Meeting Mental Health Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
There has been a rapid increase in the use of telehealth thus far into the COVID-19 pandemic for both mental and physical health concerns. While many employer health plans covered telehealth prior to the pandemic, utilization of these services was relatively low, accounting for less than 1% of outpatient visits.

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