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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 27, 2022

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How schools and the Biden administration are prioritizing student mental health Schools and the federal government are trying to provide the kinds of mental health support that many families either can't find, or can't afford. The Fight to Eliminate Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Stigma and Discrimination We are in the midst of a mental h...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 20, 2022

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The Student Mental Health Crisis A 2018 Pew Research Center Survey found that 95% of teens in the U.S. have access to a smartphone, and 45% of this group are online nearly all the time. This is particularly concerning, given the Mayo Clinic's analysis of several studies that suggest prolonged and sustained usage of social media puts teens at greate...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 13, 2022

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Major food brands seek crackdown on marijuana-infused copycats Two fourth-graders in Edmond, Okla., went to the hospital after eating what looked like commercial gummy candies. In Cooper City, Fla., nine children were hospitalized after snarfing what seemed almost identical to a common brand of sour candy. More states allow fentanyl test strips as ...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 6, 2022

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May Is Older Americans Month: Elder Abuse Is a Social Determinant of Health The study of the social determinants of health (SDOH) has identified how social factors contribute to poor (and often inequitable) health outcomes. Fortunately, many of the social and environmental factors that contribute to poor health outcomes are at least, to some extent...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 29, 2022

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Report Shows Persisting Pervasiveness of Stigma Related to Drug Use More than 70% of Americans surveyed recently by the research firm RIWI Corporation said they believe individuals who use drugs problematically are somewhat, mostly, or entirely responsible for their drug use, and those dependent on drugs have a moderate, low, or no chance at recove...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 22, 2022

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Two in Five Adults with ADHD Report Excellent Mental Health A significant mental health gap exists between adults with and without attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published online April 12 in the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology. Teen overdose deaths are spiking despite drug usage falling, s...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 15, 2022

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States look for solutions as US fentanyl deaths keep rising As the addiction and overdose crisis that has gripped the U.S. for two decades turns even deadlier, state governments are scrambling for ways to stem the destruction wrought by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.As the addiction and overdose crisis that has gripped the U.S. for two decad...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 8, 2022

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Too Few People with Opioid Disorder Receive Best Treatments Even though medication is considered the most effective therapy for opioid addiction, many Americans who need it don't receive it, a new study finds. Positive Drug Tests among U.S. Workers Hit Two-Decade High Fewer employers tested applicants for marijuana last year than in 2020 as compani...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 1, 2022

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US drug overdose deaths reach another record high as deaths from fentanyl surge Annual drug overdose deaths have reached another record high in the United States as deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids surge to unprecedented levels. The opioid epidemic has claimed 500,000 lives. These stories need to be heard Cheryl Juaire lost two of h...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 25, 2022

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With overdoses at record highs, a veterinary tranquilizer spreading through the U.S. drug supply poses new threats It was in the mid-2010s, the researchers heard, when "tranq dope" took off in Philadelphia. Over 2.5 million students were current users of tobacco products last year, survey shows About 1 in 8 US high school students -- more than 2 mi...

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