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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 6, 2018

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Dentist association pushes to curb opioid painkillers The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers. Learn More   Americans take more pain pills — but not because they’re in more pain Americans consume prescription opioids at a greater rate than any other population in the world, according to research data. Learn More   Here’s how much marijuana you’d need to be eligible for the death penalty under federal law Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo encouraging federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for certain drug trafficking offenses. Federal law allows for capital punishment in drug trafficking cases involving murder or homicide. But the attorney general also specifically called out one provision that allows for capital punishment in cases involving “extremely large quantities of drugs.” Learn More   Addiction Rehab is Broken. Can Technology Fix It? My time in rehab for an opioid addiction...
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Wellspring Curriculum Helps in Fight against Substance Use

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Substance-abuse awareness and prevention efforts have been standard in schools for decades, from the anti-drug movies of the 1970s to the familiar DARE officers in the classrooms well into the 2000s. Today, as a result of the opioid epidemic, the State Department of Education has put together a collection of resources available to schools. Titled “Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse”, the report is available on the NJ Department of Education website. The collection of age-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans includes a curriculum developed by Wellspring Center for Prevention, called Footprints for Life . Footprints for Life helps young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making practice, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution - assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors. Footprints is an evidence...
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