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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 May 24, 2019

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Prescription Opioid Use Plummeted Most on Record Last Year The 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.. More Than 600,000 Opioid Abusers Raising Kids in U.S. They might be ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019

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Mental health can impact memory decades later New research from the United Kingdom has found that people who experience recurrent episodes of depression throughout adulthood are more at risk of developing memory problems later in life. Learn More   Millennials Are Sick of Drinking But they’re not giving up booze just yet. Learn More   Opioid Overreaction There is a real crisis. But the solution is flawed. Learn More   ‘Safe’ teen drinking? Here’s why parents shouldn’t facilitate it. “Well, we did it when we were their age.” This common refrain, popular among parents with a permissive attitude toward underage drinking, is often coupled with well-intentioned efforts to keep adolescents safe while consuming alcohol. Learn More   Mental health on college campuses: 5 things you didn’t know More than a quarter of college students have considered suicide, with 11.3 percent considering it in the past year, according to a recent survey...
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JUN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 15, 2018

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Potential new treatment for drug addiction relapse revealed Research published in Addiction Biology by scientists at the University of Bath reveals a new potential mechanism for combatting drug addiction relapse. Learn More   NIH spells out $500 million plan to improve addiction treatment and pain management The National Institutes of Health, thanks to Congress, will soon have an extra $500 million to spend each year on research into opioids and pain treatment. And on Tuesday, the research agency published a scie Learn More   How Teenage Vaping Puts Structure in Place for Heroin and Cocaine Addiction The rapid adoption of e-cigarettes has been driven, at least in part, by a huge jump in the potency of e-liquids. Learn More   How can patients be protected from post-surgery opioid addiction? Greater coordination is needed between surgeons and physicians about the prescription of pain-relieving opioid drugs following surgery to help identify patients who...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 26, 2018

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How Opioids Kill What happens in the body during a fatal overdose? And why is fentanyl responsible for more deaths than ever? Learn More   Recreational marijuana legalization: Do more youth use or do youth use more? What impact may legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon have on teen marijuana use? Learn More How Medical Marijuana Legalization Impacts Alcohol Sales A recent study suggests that a growing number of people in states where medical marijuana is legal are choosing pot over alcohol. Learn More   Trump administration freezes database of addiction and mental health treatments Federal health officials have suspended a program that helps thousands of professionals and community groups across the country find effective interventions for preventing and treating mental illness and substance-use disorders. Learn More   Alcohol Sales Dropped 15% In States With Medical Marijuana Laws A joint study by researchers at two U.S. universities and one in South...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 19, 2018

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Bill to Legalize Marijuana in NJ Introduced in New Session New Jersey governor-elect Phil Murphy doesn't succeed Chris Christie until next week, but already his fellow Democrats have introduced legislation to achieve his campaign promise of legalizing marijuana. Learn More   Alcohol-Related ER Visits Increase, Particularly Among Women Emergency room visits for alcohol-related issues rose 61% over a nine-year period. Learn More Reduce Legal Blood-Alcohol Limit to Cut Drunk Driving Deaths: Report Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report. Learn More   NCADD and Facing Addiction Have Merged Facing Addiction and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are proud to announce a definitive agreement to merge our organizations – creating a national leader in the effort to turn the tide on the addiction epidemic. Learn More   Opinion: Don’t let Big Marijuana...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 4

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 4
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.   Marijuana use disorder a growing problem A marijuana-use disorder is like any other drug-use disorder. It involves a person...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 20

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 20
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 NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. 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 NCADD 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 click the SAFE UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of this email. Please note; The Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish next week. We wish all...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 13

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 13
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 NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. 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 NCADD 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 click the SAFE UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of this email. How Does Alcohol Influence Mental Health? The guidelines for safe or "low-risk" alcohol consumption have been greatly...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 21, 2018

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 21, 2018
By Chynelle Menezes Heroin use and addiction have long been a national crisis, but now it’s at your doorstep. Heroin overdose is a far greater cause of death than homicide, suicide, car accidents, and AIDS in New Jersey. In 2013, the country faced 2.6 heroin-related deaths per 100,000 people, but New Jersey faced 8.3 deaths per 100,000 people – over triple the national average. Just last year there were almost 800 heroin-related deaths in New Jersey. The problem may be attributed to increased prescription drug use and abuse in New Jersey. Opiate/opioid painkillers are turning out to be the gateway drug to heroin, with prescription drug users being 40 times more likely to use heroin. Right now, heroin is at its purest (though often laced with other dangerous substances, like fentanyl) and five or six times cheaper than prescription drugs. Heroin use has increased among every demographic group, even people historically...
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