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The Opioid Epidemic Has a Prevention Problem

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By: Mallory Stufsky, Substance Abuse Navigator A recent article in the American Journal of Public Health (2019, 109 (2): 2:15 – 2:17) noted that with overdose deaths consistently increasing, more than 115 a day, the opioid crisis, both prescription and illicit, is now being called "one of the most urgent public health challenges of our time." State...
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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 Doctors The 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 more Just 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 says The 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 relief Headlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen...
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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 Action In 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-cigarettes Roughly 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 – Now The president of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on solutions to help combat the opioid crisis. Learn More   Oxycontin Maker Selling Opioid Addiction Drug, Too Purdue 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....
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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 marijuana As 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 expectancy Life 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 programs Study 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...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 5, 2018

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US to end policy that let legal pot flourish Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. Learn More   As Colorado’s rural sheriffs struggle on front lines of mental health care, they will stop throwing mentally ill in jail without charges Rural sheriffs, stretched thin by long distances and small staffs, pushed for the change in state law Learn More Drug and Alcohol Deaths at U.S. Workplaces Soar Deaths jumped more than 30% in 2016, as the struggle with a deadly opioid epidemic migrates to the workplace Learn More   University president: We know your kids are drinking and we need your help This is the time of year when many college students return home to see family and friends, and to face nosy but well-meaning questions about school. Just as everyone...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 17, 2017

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Please note. This Update will not publish next Friday, November 24th. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   Steps to Address the Opioid Addiction Epidemic Effective programs to address the opioid addiction epidemic in the US need to address the prevention of addiction among people not currently addicted, and treatment and risk reduction to prevent overdose and death among those currently addicted. Learn More   How This CEO Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Treat Addiction Drug overdoses are now the #1 cause of death in Americans under the age of 50, and less than 10% of the 24 million Americans who need help for addiction ever get it. Learn More Health experts to Trump administration: Treat addiction like a disease The opioid crisis that has swept across America continues to be a critical issue, and although there are more than 14,000 facilities around the country dedicated to treating addiction, a group of public health...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 10, 2017

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How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction We’re learning more about the craving that fuels self-defeating habits—and how new discoveries can help us kick the habit. Learn More   How the body processes alcohol A big concern that many people have is how long the alcohol they have been drinking will remain in their system. Learn More What is clenbuterol? Clenbuterol is a steroid-like chemical that was initially developed to treat asthma in horses, working by relaxing the airways in the animals' lungs. Learn More   Senator Investigates How Drugmaker Alkermes Pushed Its Opioid-Addiction Treatment A Democratic senator said that she was opening an investigation of tactics allegedly used by drugmaker Alkermes Plc to boost sales of its opioid-addiction treatment. Learn More   Kids abandoned by addicts are silent victims of the drug epidemic From September of 2014 until now, almost 10,000 more children entered the system. DCS. says in...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 9

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 9
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. . The 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. 'Baby boomers' on dope: Recreational marijuana use is on the rise among adults over 50 The recent legalization of recreational...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 18

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 18
Please note: Our weekly News & Policy update will not publish next Friday, November 25th in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. All of us at Wellspring Center for Prevention hope your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy. 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. . The 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...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 26

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 26
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to NCADD by a variety of sources. NCADD 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. . The 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. PLEASE NOTE: Wellspring Center for Prevention is moving. The official date is Monday, February 29th. However, our computer and phone...
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