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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 25, 2021

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The Opioid Addiction Crisis and Racism: A Long, Troubled History The enduring racial gap in the opiate addiction rate stems largely from racist 19th-century medical beliefs about Black bodies, coupled with substandard medical care provided to Black Civil War troops. FDA Must Do More to Stop Youth Vaping, House Members Say "The alternative is going ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 18, 2021

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men — Not So Much For Pleasure, But To CopeVictoria Cooper thought her drinking habits in college were just like everyone else's. Shots at parties. Beers while bowling. Sure, she got more refills than some and missed classes while nursing hangovers, but she couldn't have a problem, she thought. Addressing Racial And Ethni...
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JUN
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What Is the Role of Parents in Prevention Education?

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Parents play a specific role in prevention education. The earlier a child starts experimenting with substances, the more likely they are to develop an addiction. The Center on Addiction found in 2018 that children who began using substances like tobacco, alcohol or prescription medications before the age of 15 were seven-times more likely to experi...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 11, 2021

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Did a Ban on Flavored Vapes Raise Teen Smoking Rates?A ban on flavored vaping products in San Francisco may have increased high school students' use of conventional cigarettes, according to a new study. We're Overlooking a Major Culprit in the Opioid CrisisJournalists have largely presented the overdose crisis as a story of three interconnected and...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 4, 2021

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How We Measure and Report 'Success' in Addiction Treatment MattersChronic diseases are broadly defined as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United St...
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JUN
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My Doughnuts Are Better Than Yours! A Sweet Contest Story

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By Lauren Balkan, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Director They came with hands-full of boxes filled with the best donuts around. There were doughnuts in many varieties, different colors, and even a few that were gluten free and vegan (I am sure you are thinking – why bother?). All of this took place at the Pathways School-Based Youth Services program at Ca...
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JUN
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Welcome to Prom & Graduation Season

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What is it about this time of year that makes rational parents seemingly lose their grip on reality? Think about it.Parents who would never consider putting their 17 year-olds on a plane for Daytona Beach during Spring Break proudly wish them well when they head for an unsupervised weekend at the Jersey shore.Somehow, the dangerous drinking and cas...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 28, 2021

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HHS Announces $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health CrisisThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block g...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 21, 2021

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As the Covid-19 crisis ebbs in the U.S., experts brace for some to experience psychological falloutThe end of the emergency phase of the pandemic is in sight in the United States, at least for now. But as the weight of the crisis is lifted, experts are also anticipating a long-term impact on people's mental health. The pandemic brought addiction re...
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NJ Marijuana Legalization: 5 Tips to Talk to Your Kids

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With NJ legalizing recreational marijuana this past state election, many parents are concerned about their children's increased exposure to it. Openness and honesty are crucial to having a successful conversation about marijuana legalization with your children so that they make responsible choices. Here are five tips to effectively talk to your kid...
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