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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 30, 2021

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Addiction Should Be Treated, Not Penalized
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the large racial health disparities in the United States. Black Americans have experienced worse outcomes during the pandemic, continue to die at a greater rate than White Americans, and also suffer disproportionately from a wide range of other acute and chronic illnesses.

One in Five Pharmacies Block Access to Lifesaving Addiction Drug
One in five pharmacies refuse to dispense a key medication to treat addiction, according to new research. The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, was conducted by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. Researchers called hundreds of pharmacies around the country to ask whether they would dispense Suboxone, also known as buprenorphine.

Biden administration eyes reducing nicotine in cigarettes
The Biden administration is considering multiple changes to U.S. regulations surrounding cigarettes, including lowering the amount of the addictive substance nicotine that is allowed to be present.

House passes cannabis banking bill
The House passed a bill on Monday that would allow banks and financial institutions to work with cannabis businesses.

The Lunatic's Stone: A Trial and Error Approach to Mental Health
During the Renaissance, a theory emerged in Europe regarding the source of human madness: a stone that was wedged deep inside the brain. This stone was believed to rot the mind, causing all of the greatest mental health concerns of the time—madness, idiocy, and dementia. In order to cure these dreadful maladies, physicians of the day believed the best approach was to remove this malicious stone from their patient's brain, leaving their patients to flourish, while being just a little bit lighter.

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