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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 12, 2019

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The Importance of Prevention in Addressing the Opioid Crisis As our communities, healthcare systems, and government agencies join in the effort to reverse the epidemic of opioid overdoses and solve the opioid crisis, it is not enough to focus all our resources on treating people who are already addicted to opioids. Click for more Fun without alcoho...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 28, 2019

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Greetings everyone. Our Weekly News & Policy Update will not publish next Friday, July 5th. Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th weekend! Potent pot, vulnerable teens trigger concerns in first states to legalize marijuana The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana are starting to grapple with teenagers' growing use of highly poten...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 21, 2019

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8 truths about mental health you might want to consider At the Mental Health America conference in Washington, D.C., Deseret News reporters have been listening and learning. Here are eight things that might surprise you. Click for more Suicide rates among young people reach their highest level since 2000 One teenage girl is working to prevent youth...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 7, 2019

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Please note: Our weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish on Friday, June 14th. We will return on Friday, June 21st. Thank you! Discipline or treatment? Schools rethinking vaping response A glimpse of student athletes in peak physical condition vaping just moments after competing in a football game led Stamford High School Princip...
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Getting Insurance After Addiction

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By Sally Perkins While addiction costs America around $200 billion in lost productivity, crime and health care, the costs to you and your family can run much deeper. Even if you have been drug or alcohol-free for a long time, your previous addiction can still have a huge impact across your life. Many people with a history of addiction find that get...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 26, 2019

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FDA threatens to fine Walmart, Kroger and convenience store chains for selling tobacco to minors The Federal Drug Administration threatened to fine Walmart, Kroger, Family Dollar and more than a half dozen convenience store and gas station chains for illegally selling tobacco products to minors. Learn More   Southern States Slowly Embracing Harm Reduction to Curb Opioid Epidemic As a top agent with North Carolina’s Bureau of Investigation, Donnie Varnell had tried everything to stop people from fatally overdosing on opioids, from arresting more low-level drug users to talking with doctors. Nothing worked. Learn More   A dangerous fentanyl myth lives on Consciousness returned as a small break in the darkness, a tiny opening through which light and sound slowly filtered through. Learn More   Addiction and Nursing - How the epidemic affects nurses When my buddy Jason first got into his nursing program, I was excited for him. Nursing is...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019

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Senators' scathing letter to Juul demands answers about tactics targeting youth, ties to Big Tobacco Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs is under the microscope again, with 11 senators demanding answers from the company at the center of the youth vaping "epidemic" whose business practices have been shrouded in "immense secrecy," the senators said in a letter to Juul on Monday. Learn More   Anti-vaping advocates push to raise minimum age for nicotine "The addicted mind justifies some crazy things," said Matt Murphy. The 19-year-old got hooked on nicotine in high school, and what began as experimentation with vaping turned into an addiction. Learn More   Bipartisan Bill Would Give States Control Over Marijuana Laws The measure would effectively grant states total control over marijuana legalization. Learn More   How Do Illegal Drugs Cross The U.S.-Mexico Border? NPR's Michel Martin talks to Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection,...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 29, 2019

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More U.S. Teens, Kids Seeking Mental Health Care in ERs In a hearing peppered with statistics and stories of the nation's opioid crisis, a government official told a congressional panel Thursday that the Trump administration’s plan for addressing the country’s drug crisis lacks U.S. emergency departments are seeing a surge in the number of kids and teens seeking help for mental health problems, new research warns. Learn More   The Fentanyl Failure In May 2016, a group of national health experts issued an urgent plea in a private letter to high-level officials in the Obama administration. Thousands of people were dying from overdoses of fentanyl — the deadliest drug to ever hit U.S.. Learn More   Opioids and unemployment: stopping the cycle 60 Minutes producer Katy Textor talks about an investment fund resurrecting jobs in hard-hit areas. One company's solution? Hire recovering addicts Learn More   To help fight vaping, schools...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 22, 2019

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Drug policy head confronted about administration's drug crisis strategy In a hearing peppered with statistics and stories of the nation's opioid crisis, a government official told a congressional panel Thursday that the Trump administration’s plan for addressing the country’s drug crisis lacks goals and objectives and a way to measure success. Learn More   Juul is pitching its e-cigarette as an anti-smoking tool to employers and insurers Juul has a new program to pitch its e-cigarette to companies and insurers who want to help their employees stop smoking cigarettes as the company continues to stave off criticism that its product has caused an epidemic in teen smoking. Learn More   Teens Need the Truth About Drugs Decades of scare tactics haven’t worked. What’s effective is clear information about risks and alternative ways to relieve stress.. Learn More   Mobile addiction clinic brings help to those at heart of opioid epidemic Just...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 15, 2019

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The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run Limiting prescriptions seems logical, but a simulation study shows it would actually increase deaths, not decrease them, in the initial years.. Learn More   Which Misused Prescription Meds Send Americans to the ER? Most folks treated in a U.S. emergency room for misuse of prescription medications get into trouble because they mix different substances, a new study reports. Learn More   This Is What it's Like to Overdose on Heroin Nine Times I couldn't see anything, but I could hear my mom chattering on the phone. Quick, Cuban Spanish broken by an occasional burst of laughter. Her television blared in the background. A reality show, I think. I couldn't feel my body, either. Learn More   The “I Do” of Addiction People might mean well, but, benign or not, when somebody asks, how’s your mama...
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