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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 24, 2019

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Prescription Opioid Use Plummeted Most on Record Last Year The volume of opioids prescribed in the U.S. fell 17% last year, the most in more than a quarter-century, as doctors have become increasingly cautious about giving out large amounts of the drugs amid an epidemic of abuse.. More Than 600,000 Opioid Abusers Raising Kids in U.S. They might be ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 8, 2019

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U.S. deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit highest level since record-keeping began The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since federal data collection started in 1999, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by two public health nonprofits. Learn More   Young Adults at Risk for Addiction Show Key Differences in Brain Region Young adults at risk of developing addiction problems show key differences in a particular brain region tied to impulse control, according to a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology .. Learn More   Can our surroundings fuel addiction? New research in the journal Learning and Memory explores the impact of environmental cues on addiction. The findings could enhance the process of recovering from addiction. Learn More   Addiction center raises concerns over ketamine approval A New Jersey, USA-based addiction treatment center has warned...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 14, 2018

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Internet gambling addiction is a looming crisis In her Nov. 28 presentation at Liberty University, First Lady Melania Trump stated that the opioid epidemic was the “worst drug crisis in American history.” Learn More   Surge in young people going into private addiction clinics as poorer addicts 'pushed into gangs' While well-off addicts can afford private treatment, poorer teenagers with mounting drug problems are being failed by public services, making them 'ripe for grooming', experts warn Learn More   The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment When other approaches fail, the most effective way to fight a heroin addiction can be heroin itself. Learn More   Update—Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use Since the index patient with hypocoagulopathy associated with synthetic cannabinoids use was identified on March 8, 2018 in Illinois, at least 324 people have presented to healthcare facilities with serious bleeding from possible...
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NOV
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Don’t Overindulge This Holiday Season—Effects of Alcohol on the Body

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Mulled wine. Spiked egg nog. Hot toddies. Champagne toasts. The list of festive holiday drinks is endless. And so are your opportunities to overdo it. So before the festive season gets into full swing, take a moment to understand what all that alcohol does to your body. After your first alcoholic drink or two (which is moderate drinking, by the way), you start to get that relaxed, sociable feeling. Your heart rate speeds up; you feel animated and may have a happy buzz. But make no mistake; at this point your brain and nerves—which control reflexes and thinking—are already impaired. If you keep drinking, things start to go downhill quickly. Since your hands and feet may not be in sync with your brain and reflexes, your coordination and reaction time may be out of sorts. Lack of mental clarity can also lead to poor judgment and rash decisions. There’s also the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 15, 2018

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Potential new treatment for drug addiction relapse revealed Research published in Addiction Biology by scientists at the University of Bath reveals a new potential mechanism for combatting drug addiction relapse. Learn More   NIH spells out $500 million plan to improve addiction treatment and pain management The National Institutes of Health, thanks to Congress, will soon have an extra $500 million to spend each year on research into opioids and pain treatment. And on Tuesday, the research agency published a scie Learn More   How Teenage Vaping Puts Structure in Place for Heroin and Cocaine Addiction The rapid adoption of e-cigarettes has been driven, at least in part, by a huge jump in the potency of e-liquids. Learn More   How can patients be protected from post-surgery opioid addiction? Greater coordination is needed between surgeons and physicians about the prescription of pain-relieving opioid drugs following surgery to help identify patients who...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 14

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  Scientists Lay the Groundwork for a Reliable Marijuana Breathalyzer NIST researchers have measured a fundamental physical property of the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. Learn More Buprenorphine: Being out of treatment increases risk of death nearly 30-fold Buprenorphine reduces mortality for those with opioid use disorder, but periods off treatment are associated with much higher mortality rates. Learn More   Clinical trial looks at tramadol for opioid withdrawal A randomized clinical trial published by JAMA Psychiatry compared tramadol extended-release with clonidine and buprenorphine for the management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in patients with opioid use disorder in a residential research setting. Learn More   Governors Across the Country Calling State of Emergency for Opioid Abuse Public awareness of the ongoing opioid crisis in America is on the rise, and state lawmakers and officials are growing more vocal about their concerns. The opioid epidemic has hit every state in different ways,...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 24

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 24
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring 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 Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring 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 email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. Twenty‐Five‐Year Alcohol Consumption Trajectories and Their Association With Arterial Aging: A Prospective Cohort Study Emerging evidence suggests that arterial stiffness,...
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NOV
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 2

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 2
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring 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 Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring 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 email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. In a teen’s death by overdose, who deserves the most blame? When his 16-year-old friend overdosed on heroin, Kyle Alifom...
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NOV
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 18

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 18
Please note: Our weekly News & Policy update will not publish next Friday, November 25th in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. All of us at Wellspring Center for Prevention hope your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy. Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring 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 Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not...
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NOV
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Being Thankful.

Being Thankful.
When you read this on November 1st, your focus may not be on the end of the month, but rather an event that is just a week away - the impending Election Day. If I can jar that reality for a moment, I would ask that you please look towards the end of the month, more specifically, Thanksgiving Day. I ask you to do that because when you sit around the table with family and friends to celebrate that holiday, which was originally designated to celebrate a good harvest, the meaning sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Yes, we all come together, and enjoy a meal, and we watch football games and the Macy’s Parade, and many of us then count the hours to the next day, Black Friday. But I ask you to look around the room on Thanksgiving Day, and remember to be thankful for the people in your...
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