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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 13, 2022

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Major food brands seek crackdown on marijuana-infused copycats

Two fourth-graders in Edmond, Okla., went to the hospital after eating what looked like commercial gummy candies. In Cooper City, Fla., nine children were hospitalized after snarfing what seemed almost identical to a common brand of sour candy.

More states allow fentanyl test strips as a tool to prevent overdoses

An amendment suddenly got tacked onto the House version of the bill, although the new wording had nothing to do with dairy. The language called for legalizing the use of strips that test drugs for fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid fueling a wave of fatal overdoses across Georgia and the U.S.

Can a monthly injection be the key to curbing addiction? These experts say yes
Dr. Andrew Herring has a clear goal walking into every appointment with patients seeking medication to treat an opioid use disorder: persuade them to get an injection of extended-release buprenorphine.

Fentanyl an increasing barrier to New Jersey battling its opioid crisis
Something isn't working. 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.

Hannah Walker: 'Gambling addiction has nothing to do with someone's character'
When the performance artist realized her partner was hooked on gambling, it shook her world – and went on to inspire an ambitious new show

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