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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 minorsThe 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 EpidemicAs 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 onConsciousness 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 nursesWhen my buddy Jason first got into his nursing program, I was excited for him. Nursing is an honorable profession, one that is constantly in demand and provides certain...
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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 ERsIn 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 FailureIn 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 cycle60 Minutes producer Katy Textor talks about an investment fund resurrecting jobs in hard-hit areas. One company's solution? Hire recovering addictsLearn More  To help fight vaping, schools look to their own studentsTeen vaping is on the rise, and...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 26, 2018

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Higher Rate of ED Visits in Mental Illness Patients ExplainedIndividuals with mental health diagnoses make 25% more visits to the emergency department (ED) than those without mental illness; increases in frequency correspond to illness severity, new research shows.Learn More Battling addiction in Orthodox Jewish community means breaking through silence"The Orthodox attitude about drug problems is to stay quiet on the issue," said one rabbi working as an advocate for those fighting addiction.Learn More Battling Anxiety, Depression and Tech Addiction In The WorkplaceIt’s time to talk about mental health in the workplace. Not only are many employees suffering from severe burnout, but they are experiencing a host of other problems, as well.Learn More  ‘Tech addiction’ solutions are a billion-dollar market opportunityStroll into a restaurant, ride the elevator, or visit the mall, and you’ll notice people just can’t stop checking their phones. For some, it’s a pesky habit, but for others, it’s a thirst that’s...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 27, 2018

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Sessions targets 10 areas in U.S. for crackdown on the sale of fentanylAttorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday ordered federal prosecutors in 10 areas that have been especially hard-hit by overdose deaths from fentanyl to bring drug charges against anyone suspected of dealing the synthetic opioid, regardless of quantity.Learn More Integrating Treatment at the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Epidemics in Medical SettingsAs a result of the opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic, new epidemics of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV infection have arisen and hospitalizations for bacteremia, endocarditis, skin and soft tissue infections, and osteomyelitis have increased.Learn More  The shameful way race affects treatment of pain and drug addiction“I have had little or no sleep, owing to the tooth ache or rather stump ache,” Elizabeth Drinker wrote in her diary one night in 1796. “One of my Eye teeth very sore, my face much swelled and painful.” Learn...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 23, 2018

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How does resolving cannabis problems differ from resolving problems with alcohol or other drugs?Those resolving cannabis problems do so at younger ages, with less assistance than those resolving other substance-use problems.Learn More The Opioid DiariesThe opioid crisis is the worst addiction epidemic in American history. Drug overdoses kill more than 64,000 people per year, and the nation’s life expectancy has fallen for two years in a row.Learn More  More Imprisonment Does Not Reduce State Drug ProblemsData show no relationship between prison terms and drug misuse. Learn More Death maps show where despair is killing AmericansAlcohol deaths are down, but drug overdoses are way, way up.Learn More During binges, U.S. adults have 17 billion drinks a yearU.S. adults consumed more than 17 billion binge drinks in 2015, or about 470 binge drinks per binge drinker, according to a first-of-its-kind study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Learn More Philip Morris’ Secret Plan to...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 15, 2017

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Please note: Our weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish on Friday, December 22nd and Friday, December 29th. On behalf of the staff and Board of Trustees of Wellspring, we wish all of you Happy Holidays.A Comeback for the Gateway Drug Theory?If you grew up as part of the D.A.R.E. generation — kids of the 1980s and ’90s who learned about drugs from alarmist public service announcements — you know all too well the dangers of so-called gateway drugs.Learn More  Is there a link between alcohol and skin cancer?Patients are always elated when you can recommend an enjoyable, health-improving, recreational activity.Learn MoreReaching the Cannabis Tipping PointThat moment when water heating on a stove gets hot enough to transform from still into roiling is called the tipping point Learn More Rehab that puts alcoholic pilots back in the cockpitMany alcoholics can tell you the exact moment they hit rock bottom. Former...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 1, 2017

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Marijuana, Secondhand Smoke, and Social AcceptabilityOn April 20, 2017, at 4:20 in the afternoon, 15 000 people in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park lit marijuana joints during the annual “420 Day.” In cannabis culture, April 20 has become an international countercultural holiday; people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis, typically around 4:20 pm.Learn More  Opioid treatment drugs have similar outcomes once patients initiate treatmentNIDA study compares buprenorphine/naloxone combination to extended release naltrexone.Learn MoreSeparating side effects could hold key for safer opioidsNIH-funded scientists may have revealed brain functions in pre-clinical research that widen the safety margin for opioid pain relief without overdose Learn More Communities in CrisisAmerica’s growing opioid epidemic and untreated serious mental illness is having a devastating impact on communities nationwide.Learn More  Is a new drug crisis looming?The opioid crisis clearly has outpaced all other topics as the story of the year in addiction, and 2018 promises a repeat. Yet with all the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 27, 2017

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The Terrifying New Trend in Heroin AddictionJust like they did in the 80s, Americans are increasingly going straight to heroin, skipping prescription opioids. Too bad US policy doesn't reflect that.Learn More  Steps the U.S. government should take right now against the opioid epidemicThe Food and Drug Administration should consider banning “ultra-high-dosage” painkillers from the market, and law enforcement must step up efforts to curb the flow of heroin and fentanyl into the United States if the nation hopes to come to grips with the opioid epidemic, two authorities on the crisis said Thursday.Learn MoreOpioid Addiction Is a Mental Health Crisis, Not a Crime WaveEvery opioid death is preventable, because addiction is treatable. But we need to shift from a culture of shame to one of treatment. Learn More Long-acting medications for opioid addiction help patients control their future, unreliable selvesWhen my patient, Marcus, wakes up shaky, exhausted, and ashamed each morning, he...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 3

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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. 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.'I loved and hated her in equal measure' – life with an alcoholic motherWhen Mum died, I vowed to talk about alcoholism because...
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NCADD's Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update - Week ending January 9, 2015

Booze apps slammed for targeting young people JCU's professor Lynn Eagle and her team of researchers conducted a study involving alcohol use and discovered almost 80% promote heavy drinking.She explained many of the apps are aimed at young people and likely to work well. In addition, she noted there are no age restrictions on any of the apps.Please click here to continue reading.   Pot Pie, Redefined? Chefs Start to Experiment With Cannabis Recreational marijuana is both illegal and controversial in most of the country, and its relationship to food does not rise much above a joke about brownies or a stoner chef's late-night pork belly poutine.But cooking with cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and very lucrative culinary pursuit.Please click here to continue reading.   Resolutions can harm mental health During the next few weeks, prepare to be barraged by admonitions to make New Year's resolutions. These messages connect with us because...
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