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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 February 15, 2019

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U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site For OpioidsAfter months of threats, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia launched a legal challenge on Wednesday against the nonprofit Safehouse, which is hoping to open what could be the nation's first site where people with opioid addiction can use drugs under medical supervision..Learn More Making OxyContin 'Tamper Proof' Helped Spread Hepatitis CAn effort to make the opioid painkiller OxyContin harder to abuse drove addicted patients to heroin and caused a dramatic increase in hepatitis C, a new study suggests..Learn More Where Marijuana Is Legal, Many Teens Drive While HighIn states where marijuana is legal, teens smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel of a car is common, a new study finds.Learn More  Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient TruthRecommending that pregnant women not drink alcohol has been called old-fashioned and even patriarchal. So, as a feminist, my opinion may come as a surprise. Learn...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 16, 2018

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Please note that our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish on Friday, November 23rd. On behalf of everyone at Wellspring Center for Prevention, here's wishing each of you a great Thanksgiving. May you and your family and your friends enjoy a wonderful day. Parents Are Cutting Off Their Opioid-Addicted Kids — and It's the Toughest Decision of Their LivesKim Humphrey was sitting in a sea of chairs, surrounded by about 40 people he had never met, when the Phoenix police officer finally realized what a train wreck his life was.Learn More Trump's Policies Are Increasing Teen Stress and Eroding Mental HealthFor young people across the country, fear of gun violence and stress over racist policies are increasing stress and eroding mental health.Learn More Chronic pot use may have serious effects on the brain, experts sayMore research needs to be done to highlight the long-term effects of marijuana use on the brain,...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 5, 2018

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The Drug Problem in the U.S. Is Not What We Think It IsWe can't control the supply of drugs but we can reduce demand.Learn More Drugs that look like candy have police worried that similar pills are out there close to HalloweenDrugs disguised as candy that a suburban Atlanta police department confiscated late last week after a hit-and-run accident should be a warning for all those who interact with kids — especially with about a month to go before Halloween.Learn More This doctor wrote 130 opioid prescriptions a day. She says she did nothing wrong.Overprescribing caused the opioid epidemic. But not all doctors feel bad about what they did.Learn More  Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse.Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace for advertising illegal drugs. Learn More Do You Really Need That Opioid Prescription?Doctors prescribe...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 2, 2018

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Association of parental supply of alcohol with adolescent drinking, alcohol-related harms, and alcohol use disorder symptomsSome parents supply alcohol to their children, reportedly to reduce harm, yet longitudinal research on risks associated with such supply is compromised by short periods of observation and potential confounding.Learn More Legalizing pot would hurt kids, N.J.’s urban communities - editorialOn Martin Luther King Day, I had the opportunity to deliver remarks on the dangers of recreational marijuana legalization. While Gov. Phil Murphy views legalization of marijuana as a positive step forward for social justice, I believe it will be just the opposite for the poor and marginalized communities in New Jersey.Learn MoreCannabis: Brain alterations may explain feelings of alienationNew research has revealed altered brain activity in young adults with cannabis addiction. Learn More Study: Parents who give their teenagers alcohol are inviting troubleIt seems to make some sense: Let your teenagers drink at home where they will...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 3, 2017

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Alcohol Industry Targets Pot with Constellation-Canopy DealAlcohol giant Constellation Brands Inc. is making a foray into marijuana, a precedent-setting move for an industry that has mostly stayed on the sidelines during the cannabis boom.Learn More  There are medications that can treat alcoholism, but doctors rarely use themExcessive alcohol use is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States. Some 88,000 Americans died of alcohol-related causes every year between 2006 and 2010, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Learn MoreFast-food chains like Taco Bell, Chipotle and Shake Shack use alcohol to attract crowdsApparently, the fast-food industry needs a stiff drink. An increasing number of chain restaurants, such as Taco Bell and Chipotle Mexican Grill, are serving alcohol to lure in new customers who might otherwise go elsewhere to get beer, wine or cocktails. Learn More Naloxone reverses 93% of overdoses, but many recipients don't survive...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 21

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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.Heavy versus light drinking: What are the relative effects on performance years later?Heavy drinkers develop behavioral tolerance to alcohol over time on some...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 13

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 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. 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.Unlike alcohol, it’s tough to set DUI limits for marijuanaThere is a legal limit for drunk driving, but when it comes to marijuana,...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 19

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 19
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. 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.Lawmakers try to outdo each other on heroin epidemicIs the heroin epidemic becoming a political football? It started to look that way in...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 18

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 18
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. 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. NOTE: Our weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will be on hiatus for the holiday season. We will not publish an Update on...
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