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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 6, 2022

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May Is Older Americans Month: Elder Abuse Is a Social Determinant of Health

The study of the social determinants of health (SDOH) has identified how social factors contribute to poor (and often inequitable) health outcomes. Fortunately, many of the social and environmental factors that contribute to poor health outcomes are at least, to some extent, modifiable.

Tobacco use declined among people with major depression, substance use disorder: NIH

The rate of tobacco use among American adults with major depression, substance use disorder or both was found to have decreased between 2006 and 2019, according to the results of a study published on Tuesday.

Overdoses, not COVID-19, drive spike in LA homeless deaths
Nearly 2,000 homeless people died in Los Angeles County during the first year of the pandemic, an increase of 56% from the previous year, driven mainly by drug overdoses, authorities said.

Plan to ban menthol cigarettes prompts late lobbying blitz
As federal officials finalize a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes, dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try to influence the process, which has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives while wiping out billions in tobacco sales.

Fentanyl an increasing barrier to New Jersey battling its opioid crisis
The opioid crisis, on paper, should be a Trenton policy success story. In the past decade, the Legislature passed dozens of bills aiming to expand access to treatment, education, and life-saving drugs like naloxone, and fundamentally alter how many drug crimes are prosecuted. Most passed with bipartisan support. Hundreds of millions of dollars were earmarked for the fight.

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