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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 1, 2022

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US drug overdose deaths reach another record high as deaths from fentanyl surge

Annual drug overdose deaths have reached another record high in the United States as deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids surge to unprecedented levels.

The opioid epidemic has claimed 500,000 lives. These stories need to be heard

Cheryl Juaire lost two of her three sons to opioids. Corey died in 2011. Sean followed 10 years later. Last week, after years of lawsuits, Cheryl and 26 other victims had the chance to speak directly to members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma. The entire two-hour hearing took place over Zoom, with people telling stories about personal struggles with addiction and the loss of loved ones.

States, flush with marijuana money, are now fighting over what to do with it
Legal marijuana sales have been a boon to revenues in 11 states. But as the marijuana tax revenue boosts state treasuries, activists and politicians are jockeying over how to spend it.

Cost, access biggest barriers to addiction recovery, but telehealth helps make care more accessible
The biggest barriers to joining an opioid recovery program are cost and lack of fitting or available programs, according to a new survey put out by virtual recovery provider Bicycle Health.

Bipolar Disorder: How to Help with Mental Health First Aid
You know that feeling when everything is going great, and suddenly you realize you're 10 minutes late for an appointment, someone is rude to you or you drop everything you're carrying? You know how that irritation can send you spiraling? We all experience mood swings and everyday ups and downs, but that's not the same as a mood disorder.

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