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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 24, 2018

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Florida school districts defying hazy rules on the use of medical marijuana for students School districts across Florida continue to defy state law with policies banning students' use of physician-recommended medical marijuana. Learn More   What the media gets wrong about opioids After Jillian Bauer-Reese created an online collection of opioid recovery stories, she began to get calls for help from reporters. But she was dismayed by the narrowness of the requests, which sought only one type of interviewee. Learn More   Coroner sent letters to doctors whose patients died of opioid overdoses. Doctors' habits quickly changed Addressed directly to the doctor, the letter arrived in a plain business envelope with a return address of the San Diego County medical examiner’s office. Learn More   Adolescent Binge Drinking. Developmental Context and Opportunities for Prevention Binge drinking, commonly defined as consuming five or more standard drinks per occasion for men and four...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 22, 2018

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When We Talk About Suicide, We Need to Talk About Addiction No one can say definitively why Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. But I can tell you why I tried to kill myself. Twice. Learn More   These New Opioid PSAs Are Missing the Worst Part of Addiction Visceral new PSAs show the extreme lengths people will go to get high – but they leave out the desperate banality of the life of an addict. Learn More   The ‘cash for patients’ scandal sabotages addicts For the sake of their patients, addiction centres must be beyond reproach. These negative stories are a wake-up call for the sector. Learn More   “What ifs”: An underappreciated side effect of addiction Shortly after our son, William, died of an accidental heroin overdose at age 24, I stumbled upon this unflinching reflection of addiction as a family disease: “Addiction isn’t a spectator...
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