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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 3, 2019

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  What to know about rising Sober Curious movement A so-called Sober Curious movement that's been gaining in popularity focuses on eliminating alcohol for health, sleep and wellness reasons, and its founder encourages people to participate by asking them to imagine "what it's like to live hangover free." Click for more What's Driving the Rise ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 26, 2019

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FDA threatens to fine Walmart, Kroger and convenience store chains for selling tobacco to minors The Federal Drug Administration threatened to fine Walmart, Kroger, Family Dollar and more than a half dozen convenience store and gas station chains for illegally selling tobacco products to minors. Learn More   Southern States Slowly Embracing Harm Reduction to Curb Opioid Epidemic As a top agent with North Carolina’s Bureau of Investigation, Donnie Varnell had tried everything to stop people from fatally overdosing on opioids, from arresting more low-level drug users to talking with doctors. Nothing worked. Learn More   A dangerous fentanyl myth lives on Consciousness returned as a small break in the darkness, a tiny opening through which light and sound slowly filtered through. Learn More   Addiction and Nursing - How the epidemic affects nurses When my buddy Jason first got into his nursing program, I was excited for him. Nursing is...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 29, 2019

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More U.S. Teens, Kids Seeking Mental Health Care in ERs In a hearing peppered with statistics and stories of the nation's opioid crisis, a government official told a congressional panel Thursday that the Trump administration’s plan for addressing the country’s drug crisis lacks U.S. emergency departments are seeing a surge in the number of kids and teens seeking help for mental health problems, new research warns. Learn More   The Fentanyl Failure In May 2016, a group of national health experts issued an urgent plea in a private letter to high-level officials in the Obama administration. Thousands of people were dying from overdoses of fentanyl — the deadliest drug to ever hit U.S.. Learn More   Opioids and unemployment: stopping the cycle 60 Minutes producer Katy Textor talks about an investment fund resurrecting jobs in hard-hit areas. One company's solution? Hire recovering addicts Learn More   To help fight vaping, schools...
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School Athletes and Opioids: A Risky Proposition

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By Elaine Chan, Intern The New Year can offer many, new, and exciting opportunities. However, the New Year can also pose arduous obstacles. One of the challenges that school administrators and communities may face is the opioid misuse prevalence among student–athletes as new sports season starts. Despite the positive benefits young athletes gain from participating in organized sports, such participation may actually put some adolescents at risk for substance use because of increased access to pain medications. Youths who participate in high-injury sports may be surrounded by peers who are more likely to have leftover prescription opioids, making it easier to receive diverted prescription opioids to ease injuries without having to acknowledge to parents and coaches that they need medical attention (e.g., hiding injuries from coaches to participate). Therefore, youths involved in organized sports may be at a higher risk to misuse opioid medications because of their increased risk for injury....
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On Opioid Addiction & Women

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During a recent event hosted by the American Association of University Women several experts spoke on how the opioid epidemic is impacting Erie County and particularly, women. Dr. Sarah Abdelsayed is a faculty member in the University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine who is board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine, and there is one thing she wants people to know: that addiction — whether it affects men or women — is not a character flaw. “It’s a disease, so it’s not a moral issue,” said Abdelsayed, whose list of accomplishments and specialities is lengthy, having completed engineering school, medical school and a family medicine residency at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, before coming to Buffalo for the UB Addiction Medicine Fellowship in 2015. According to Abdelsayed, the disease of addiction attacks the center of the brain associated with decision-making, and treatment for such a disease must be...
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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 Action In 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-cigarettes Roughly 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 – Now The president of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on solutions to help combat the opioid crisis. Learn More   Oxycontin Maker Selling Opioid Addiction Drug, Too Purdue 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....
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 7, 2018

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We’re failing in the opioid crisis. A new study shows a more serious approach would save lives. The study suggests a comprehensive approach is needed — one that goes way further than what America has done so far. Learn More   How the opioid crackdown is backfiring Hundreds of chronic pain patients responding to a POLITICO survey describe being refused opioid prescriptions they had relied on for years with sometimes devastating consequences. Learn More   Gaps in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Referral Process: Provider Perceptions The demand for substance use disorder treatment is increasing, fueled by the opioid epidemic and the Affordable Care Act mandate to treat substance use disorders. Learn More   For parents of teenagers in addiction, treatment is expensive, daunting — and increasingly hard to find Learning that their child is struggling with a substance-use disorder is any parent's nightmare. But, especially if the child is still...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 17, 2018

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Incidence of Driving While Drugged Has Risen Sharply on NJ Roads Report says more drivers who were killed on New Jersey’s roads in 2015 and 2016 tested positive for drugs than for alcohol Learn More   Drug numbers paint grim reality of addiction New numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control show last year, 72,000 people died in the United States from fatal overdoses. Learn More   Addiction is a disease. My drug-addicted parents showed me that. I got out of bed and followed the smell of bacon and the sound of my parents’ voices to the kitchen. The Eagles were harmonizing from the tape deck, and I could hear laughter mixed with kissing. Learn More   Comprehensive health care must include mental substance abuse treatments As the Trump administration, Congress and insurance companies debate various future health-care plans for the American people, it’s important to remember that comprehensive coverage...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 3, 2018

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Relaxing patient privacy protections will harm people with addiction The nation is in the midst of a staggering opioid epidemic. Over 115 people die from an overdose each day – and all signs indicate that the problem is getting worse. Learn More   Addiction builds in the brain over time, new research shows There are certain risk factors that can contribute to a person’s struggle with addiction, including genetic predispositions, environmental influences, poor coping methods, and behavioral issues. Learn More   Now Hiring: A Company Offers Drug Treatment And A Job To Addicted Applicants It's hard enough for employers to find workers to fill open jobs these days, but on top of it, many prospective hires are failing drug tests. Learn More   Opioid Use Hasn't Declined In The Last Decade Despite Addiction Crisis Addiction to prescription opioids like oxycodone has risen so rapidly in the last decade that now an...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 27, 2018

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Sessions targets 10 areas in U.S. for crackdown on the sale of fentanyl Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday ordered federal prosecutors in 10 areas that have been especially hard-hit by overdose deaths from fentanyl to bring drug charges against anyone suspected of dealing the synthetic opioid, regardless of quantity. Learn More   Integrating Treatment at the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Epidemics in Medical Settings As a result of the opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic, new epidemics of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV infection have arisen and hospitalizations for bacteremia, endocarditis, skin and soft tissue infections, and osteomyelitis have increased. Learn More   The shameful way race affects treatment of pain and drug addiction “I have had little or no sleep, owing to the tooth ache or rather stump ache,” Elizabeth Drinker wrote in her diary one night in 1796. “One of my Eye teeth very...
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