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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 strategyIn 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 insurersJuul 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 DrugsDecades 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 epidemicJust as snow begins to hit the windshield, Stuart Masula pulls his blue...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 8, 2019

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Steep Climb in Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care DoctorsThe percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015, according to a study published Friday. And about half those prescriptions came from primary care physicians.Learn More One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be moreJust under 1% of American teenagers are knowingly using the synthetic drug flakka, according to new research.Learn More FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association saysThe American Lung Association gives a federal agency and individual state governments poor marks in a new report card evaluating tobacco prevention programs.Learn More  Parents worried about risks, but still think opioids are best for kids’ pain reliefHeadlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry. Learn More A Fight to Do No...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 14, 2018

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NIC Fraternities Ban Hard Alcohol in Decisive ActionIn an important, decisive action to enhance health and safety in fraternity communities, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) recently adopted a Standard prohibiting hard alcohol from fraternity chapter facilities and events.Learn More Almost one in 20 U.S. adults now use e-cigarettesRoughly 10.8 million American adults are currently using e-cigarettes, and more than half of them are under 35 years old, a U.S. study suggests.Learn More We Must Stop Opioid Overprescribing – NowThe president of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on solutions to help combat the opioid crisis.Learn More  Oxycontin Maker Selling Opioid Addiction Drug, TooPurdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin who some have blamed for the epidemic of opioid painkiller addictions, has patented a medicine aimed at curbing those disorders. Learn More Most Doctors Are Ill-Equipped to Deal With the Opioid Epidemic. Few Medical Schools Teach Addiction.To the medical students, the patient was a conundrum.Learn More Ban...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 10, 2018

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Tech takes on cigarette smokingResearchers develop system that senses smoking movements, sends motivational text messages, videos to help users quit smoking.Learn More How opioids reshape your brain, and what scientists are learning about addictionNone of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn't end when you step out of the classroomLearn More  E-Cigarettes Promote Smoking Progression in Youth and Depress Quitting Among AdultsE-cigarettes are not an effective tool to reduce combustible-cigarette smoking, two NIDA-supported studies indicate. Learn More Adolescent Marijuana Use Is Linked to Altered Neural Circuitry and Mood SymptomsIn a recent NIDA-supported study, males from low-income backgrounds who used marijuana in escalating frequency throughout their teen years exhibited disrupted connectivity at age 20 in a brain circuit that links rewarding experiences with motivation and mood..Learn More Everyone Dealing With Addiction Deserves The Support We’re Showing Demi LovatoThe tidal wave of compassion and support for...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 20, 2018

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Study shows 'booster' emails can reduce drinking/alcohol-related problems among college studentsCollege students entering adulthood often drink too much. Negative consequences can include missed classes, poor grades, a wide array of injuries, and even assault.Learn More Teens Sneaking Juul E-Cig Into ClassroomsParents, if you want to find out whether your teenagers are "juuling" in school, you might consider checking their Twitter accounts.Learn More  People are using Fitbits and Apple Watches to monitor their heart rate when binging on drugsAt a bachelor party two years ago in South Lake Tahoe, California, a tech worker who we'll call Owen glanced down at his Fitbit in between snorting lines of cocaine. Learn More Bystanders To Fatal Overdoses Increasingly Becoming Criminal DefendantsAlexandria Santa Barbara is a 39-year-old mother of three from a working-class suburb of Philadelphia.Learn More Worse than AIDS: Opioid epidemic is public health crisis CDC director fears mostThe federal government’s top disease fighter, who built his career...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 8, 2018

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Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely AbusedA confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive.Learn More Fentanyl: Time to Open Our Eyes to Today’s Biggest Driver of the Opioid Crisis (Part I)If the recently released “final words” about the investigation of funk, rock, and pop star legend Prince’s death don’t open our eyes to the now leading cause of the opioid crisis, nothing will. Although I’m not sure the words about Prince’s death are final when we don’t know the source of the Vicodin look-alike, fentanyl-containing pills that killed him, it’s time to stop acting like all opioids are equal players in the so-called opioid epidemic.Learn More  Don't Call K2 'Synthetic Marijuana'While the NYPD is considering a softer approach to the way it enforces public...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 9, 2018

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Recent study in Oregon reveals public considers alcohol more harmful than marijuanaAs the national conversation about marijuana legalization continues, an important question is how changing marijuana policy may influence use of other substances, such as alcohol.Learn More Drugs, alcohol and suicides contribute to alarming drop in U.S. life expectancyLife expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row, thanks to a combination of drug and alcohol use and suicides, according to a new report.Learn More Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programsStudy drawing on data from the Netherlands is the first to show how admissions to treatment centers rise and fall in line with cannabis strength. Learn More Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence?Current treatments for alcohol dependence often fail. So researchers are investigating more unusual interventions.Learn More Why treating addiction with medication should be carefully consideredWhen a patient has diabetes, doctors typically prescribe insulin, along...
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Please Look Through the Smoke Screen

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Are you a parent? Here’s a question for you -- If I used the term vaping, would you know what I was talking about?Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device.The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.Vaping has grown in popularity with the rise of e-cigarettes, which were introduced to the mass market in the U.S. in 2007. Vaping devices include not just e-cigarettes, but also vape pens and advanced personal vaporizers (also known as ‘MODS’). E-cigarettes, which resemble smoked cigarettes, and vape pens, which resemble large fountain pens, are typically simpler in...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 8, 2017

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Marijuana use triples risk of death from hypertensionThe risk of death from hypertension is three times greater in adults who use marijuana, compared with nonusers, based on data from a retrospective study of 1,213 adults.Learn More  Treating substance use disorder as a family physicianPatients with substance use disorders may experience stigma that can interfere with treatment options. But when substance use disorders are recognized and treated as a chronic disease, that stigma can be reduced.Learn MorePediatric primary care could be key to solving teen opioid crisisA new primary care pediatric practice model designed to treat teens with substance-use disorder is showing promise, even as a disturbing new federal report finds that drug-overdose deaths increased in 2015 among U.S. adolescents aged 15–19. Learn More Study examines whether marijuana affects kidney functionA new study found little evidence that marijuana use affects kidney function in healthy young adults. The analysis appears in the Clinical Journal...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 25

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Please note: The Weekly Addiction News & Policy Updated will not publish on Friday, September 1, 2017. Enjoy the Labor Day week! Gender equality? Not when it comes to alcohol and the brainGender differences in the brain's reward system could mean that women who need help kicking alcohol may need different types of treatment.Learn More  America's Top 10 Alcohol-Drinking Cities—and 10 Most Sober Cities, TooIn parts of the country, nearly 1 in 10 adults drinks heavily. Elsewhere, fewer than 1 percent do.Learn MoreReport From the Field: Working with Youth During the Opioid EpidemicHeroin needles were strewn about the apartment when Pam Jeffers visited a client, Amy*. Learn More Substance misuse in older peopleDeveloped countries have seen substantial increases in longevity over the past 20 years, contributing to a global demographic shift. The number of older people (aged over 50) experiencing problems from substance misuse is also growing rapidly, with the numbers receiving treatment...
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