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A New Device to Help Detect DUIs

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionsit I There are a lot of challenges for law enforcement officers to be able to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Unlike a breathalyzer, used to determine a driver's blood alcohol content (BAC), it is much more complex to detect marijuana in a driver's blood stream. Testing THC impairment, ...
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Not All Arguments to Legalize Marijuana Should Be Believed

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By: Mallory Stufsky, Substance Abuse NavigatorWith the topic of legalizing marijuana increasing in popularity, controversy regarding safety and other public health concerns come into question. Research from an October 2018 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization. Timothy Hsiao, a professor o...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 24, 2019

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Prescription Opioid Use Plummeted Most on Record Last YearThe volume of opioids prescribed in the U.S. fell 17% last year, the most in more than a quarter-century, as doctors have become increasingly cautious about giving out large amounts of the drugs amid an epidemic of abuse.. Click for moreMore Than 600,000 Opioid Abusers Raising Kids in U.S.Th...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019

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Senators' scathing letter to Juul demands answers about tactics targeting youth, ties to Big TobaccoLeading e-cigarette company Juul Labs is under the microscope again, with 11 senators demanding answers from the company at the center of the youth vaping "epidemic" whose business practices have been shrouded in "immense secrecy," the senators said in a letter to Juul on Monday.Learn More Anti-vaping advocates push to raise minimum age for nicotine"The addicted mind justifies some crazy things," said Matt Murphy. The 19-year-old got hooked on nicotine in high school, and what began as experimentation with vaping turned into an addiction.Learn More Bipartisan Bill Would Give States Control Over Marijuana LawsThe measure would effectively grant states total control over marijuana legalization.Learn More  How Do Illegal Drugs Cross The U.S.-Mexico Border?NPR's Michel Martin talks to Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, about how illicit drugs end up in the United States. Learn More Marijuana...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 5, 2019

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Suicides after mass shootings underline contagion of high-profile tragediesAt least three people who lost friends or family in school shootings have killed themselves in the last week, highlighting the effects of trauma and the problem that news of suicides can encourage copycats..Learn More The war on opioids is saving lives. But it’s also killing people like meWe had tried everything to stop the spread of my cancer. My doctor felt it was time for me to go home, get my affairs in order and say my goodbyes. “Get your Christmas shopping done early,” he said. “You have just a few months to live.”Learn More 'Am I depressed?': How teens can find mental health help onlineTeens don't need to read the headlines to know that they and too many of their peers are feeling lonely, sad, anxious, and suicidal. Recent headlines, however, confirm what's happening in their lives.Learn More  Flood of products containing marijuana...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 11, 2019

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Deaths Level Off—and Even Decline—in Some Opioid HotspotsNew Hampshire, Ohio cite efforts with overdose-reversal drug and push against painkiller abuseLearn More Benzodiazepine Use and Misuse Among Adults in the United StatesBenzodiazepine use among U.S. adults was higher than previously reported, and misuse accounted for nearly 20% of use overall.Learn More Amphetamine Use, Abuse and Dependence Claim Lines Increased over 3,000 Percent in 10 YearsAnxiety Claim Lines Rose over 200 Percent, FAIR Health Study Shows,Learn More  Opioid-Makers Face Wave of Lawsuits in 2019The next 12 months might just redefine the way America thinks about and responds to the opioid epidemic that now claims more than 40,000 lives each year. Learn More NJ Towns Buck Marijuana LegalizationAs marijuana legalization inches forward in New Jersey, a coalition of mayors, law enforcement, and town councils are working to ensure that dispensaries never open up shop in their towns.Learn More New Jersey College forms Cannabis InstituteNew Jersey lawmakers’ attempts to...
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Marijuana. Should We Consider a Different Tact?

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The last time I wrote about marijuana, I was inundated with dozens of emails and posts providing counter-positions to mine, or actually that of my prevention agency, Wellspring Center for Prevention.So allow me to take a slightly different tact. Mostly because the accepted understanding in our state is that legalized marijuana will become the law of the land later this year or early next.It’s not that we’ve given up our efforts to try and stop or stall this march to inevitability. It’s our desire to ensure that that citizens are provided with the opportunity to ban the sale and distribution of legalized marijuana within their municipal borders. That the implementation of medical marijuana in additional locations takes priority over the implementation of shops that sale marijuana in the strip mall across from your kids’ school. And most importantly, that today’s (and tomorrow’s) youth are protected from state action that is likely...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 12, 2018

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Facebook and Instagram Outlined the Steps They Have Taken to Prevent Drug SalesFacebook vice president of global policy management Monika Bickert responded to a story by Elizabeth Dwoskin for The Washington Post detailing the prevalence of illegal drug sales on Instagram.Learn More ER Staffers Under Assault. Blame the Opioid Crisis.Emergency departments are becoming increasingly violent places as doctors bear the brunt of fallout from the opioid epidemic, a new survey shows..Learn More Why opioid dependence varies so dramatically across U.S. statesNearly every state is affected by the opioid crisis, some more than others.Learn More  Marijuana-infused alcohol could become illegal in MichiganMarijuana-infused alcoholic drinks are expected to become illegal here in Michigan. Legislation doing just that is heading to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where he's expected to sign it. Learn More Does addiction last a lifetime?I am now 11 years into recovery from my battle with opiate addiction, and I have always been fascinated with...
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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 31, 2018

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No safe level of alcohol, new study concludesThree million deaths in 2016 were attributed to alcohol, which carries 'massive health risks,' according to paper.Learn More No boundaries: Opioid expert says overdoses are found in wealthy places and poor onesLeaders at local mental health and drug treatment agencies all agree that the spotlight put on the opioid epidemic has brought the severity of the problem out of the dark. Especially in the suburbs.Learn More Garden State schools now required to carry life-saving opioid antidotesAs New Jersey continues to grapple with an opioid addiction epidemic, high schools across the state will soon be required to carry life-saving antidotes under a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday.Learn More  Marijuana study raises concerns about THC in breast milk up to six days after useMarijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are...
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