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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 12, 2018

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Why some people swear by Alcoholics Anonymous — and others despise it The research offers some insights, but it’s complicated. Learn More   Time for Drug Courts To Equip Participants with Naloxone Individuals who use opioids after a period of abstinence are at a higher risk for overdose due to a lowered tolerance, a circumstance in which drug court participants with a history of opioid use may find themselves. Learn More APA releases new practice guideline on treatment of alcohol use disorder Today, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a new practice guideline on the treatment of alcohol use disorder. This practice guideline provides evidence-based statements designed to increase knowledge of the disorder and ensure the appropriate use of medications. Learn More   The United States Of Alcohol Abuse Alcohol is a unique legalized drug in American culture. It’s not a crime to consume in all states (unlike marijuana). There is...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 8, 2017

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Marijuana use triples risk of death from hypertension The risk of death from hypertension is three times greater in adults who use marijuana, compared with nonusers, based on data from a retrospective study of 1,213 adults. Learn More   Treating substance use disorder as a family physician Patients with substance use disorders may experience stigma that can interfere with treatment options. But when substance use disorders are recognized and treated as a chronic disease, that stigma can be reduced. Learn More Pediatric primary care could be key to solving teen opioid crisis A new primary care pediatric practice model designed to treat teens with substance-use disorder is showing promise, even as a disturbing new federal report finds that drug-overdose deaths increased in 2015 among U.S. adolescents aged 15–19. Learn More   Study examines whether marijuana affects kidney function A new study found little evidence that marijuana use affects kidney function in...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 27th

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 27th
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air. It’s the time of year people focus on their relationships, romance, and dating. But what about the opposite end that is usually kept more hush-hush? Dating violence is way more prevalent than people realize or wants to admit, which is why February is the perfect month to bring awareness to this under-discussed issue. Did you know that one in three teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are dating at some point before they become adults? Yet two-thirds of victims never report the abuse to anyone. That’s a shocking percentage, one that most would not know because of the stigma that is often attached with dating violence. Being a victim of dating abuse could also lead to an increased risk of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, sexual assault, eating disorders, depression and suicide. Everyone has the right...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 10

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 10
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to NCADD by a variety of sources. NCADD staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by NCADD of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply click the SAFE UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of this email. A national series of events will highlight gambling's harms Only with organized protest and confrontation can the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 13th

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 13th
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to NCADD by a variety of sources. NCADD staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . New Jersey 'Ban The Box' Legislation Now In Effect The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act ("OCA") took effect on Sunday, March 1. The OCA - which "bans the box" on job applications, defers criminal background inquiries until after an interview. Learn More The time when Americans drank all day long The Puritans get a bad rap in America - especially when it comes to alcohol. They are generally blamed for putting the dampeners on any form of fun, and many people assume that it was the nation's puritanical roots coming to the surface when Prohibition was introduced in 1917. Learn...
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Tobacco Trends

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Older adults hardest hit by binge-drinking deaths A new report finds that six people die in the United States each day after consuming far too much alcohol in too short a time -- a condition known as alcohol poisoning, frequently a consequence of binge drinking.  . "Alcohol poisoning deaths are a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers of excessive alcohol use, which is a leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.," Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an agency news release. According to the new CDC Vital Signs report, alcohol poisoning kills more than 2,200 Americans a year.  Older adults as an age group are hardest hit by binge-drinking deaths. Adults aged 35 to 64 account for 75 percent of these deaths, and white males are most often the victims. Alcohol poisoning death rates vary widely across states, ranging from 5.3...
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NCADD's Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update - Week ending January 30, 2015

Pediatricians' Group Opposes Legal Marijuana Marijuana shouldn't be legalized because of the potential harm it can cause children and teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.  Please click here to continue reading. Why You Might Not Want To Mix Alcohol and Energy Drinks For years, research has suggested that mixing alcohol and heavily-caffeinated energy drinks could have negative health effects. Combining the two seems to make you want to drink more and mask signs of inebriation.   Please click here to continue reading.    A day in the life of a Vivitrol doctor  Dr. Robert Friedman, of Hyannis Family Medical Care treats about 300 patients with medications to keep them off heroin, painkillers, and sometimes alcohol.  Click here to read more. Treating Pain, Combating Abuse The U.S. is faced with two coexisting, endemic problems: about five  million people currently use pain medicines for nonmedical reasons, and about 100 million of us...
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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap for week-ending July 18, 2014

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Weekly ATOD Recap & Advocacy for week-ending May 29, 2014

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ATOD & Advocacy Update - Week Ending August 2, 2013

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