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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 3, 2018

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Relaxing patient privacy protections will harm people with addictionThe nation is in the midst of a staggering opioid epidemic. Over 115 people die from an overdose each day – and all signs indicate that the problem is getting worse.Learn More Addiction builds in the brain over time, new research showsThere are certain risk factors that can contribute to a person’s struggle with addiction, including genetic predispositions, environmental influences, poor coping methods, and behavioral issues.Learn More  Now Hiring: A Company Offers Drug Treatment And A Job To Addicted ApplicantsIt's hard enough for employers to find workers to fill open jobs these days, but on top of it, many prospective hires are failing drug tests. Learn More Opioid Use Hasn't Declined In The Last Decade Despite Addiction CrisisAddiction to prescription opioids like oxycodone has risen so rapidly in the last decade that now an average of 40 people die of overdoses in the U.S. each...
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My Take on Addiction

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Submitted by CF Caldwell (Dr. Caldwell is former Chair of the Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Board)For me, the opioid, heroin, and alcohol addiction, all addictions, are a manifestation of a kind of conditioning of the US population.The beginnings were the advent of patent drug administration from our physicians. Physicians have been trained via drug company support in medical schools. Physicians have learned to diagnose any malady – a good thing – and to ‘treat’ any malady with a corresponding, appropriate drug – not always good.Therefore, we have come to believe that any malady responds to a drug, good or bad. That is the conditioning.Prior to this onslaught of patent drug interventions, there were non-drug remedies. Native Americans had them, as did much of the populations in rural America, where the paucity of main-steam medical care exists. (Certainly, the Asian countries had remedies, sans patent drugs, as did most of the...
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Guest — Susan Silverstein, MA CADC
I found your article and take on the "origins" and perpetuation of addiction interesting. I just don't agree with much of what yo... Read More
Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:00
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 7

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 World's first trials of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction set to beginImperial College London scientists expect to give first dose in the next two months alongside psychotherapy.Learn MoreAlcohol-related deaths will take 'decades' to reduceIt will take decades to see the number of alcohol-related deaths fall significantly, a charity has warned. Learn More Survey reveals prevalence of marijuana and alcohol use among driversIn just seven years, the number of marijuana-positive drivers increased 50 percent, according to the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol & Drug Use by Drivers. On the flip side, the percentage of alcohol-positive drivers decreased 77 percent between 1973 and 2013-2014.Learn More Calling it ‘brain disease’ makes addiction harder to treatAT LAST official count, in 2015, over 33,000 people have died from opioid painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl — twice the number killed by guns — and the number of fatalities is rising. Health officials, police chiefs, employers, welfare workers, and politicians...
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