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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 22, 2019

Published 03-21-2019

Drug policy head confronted about administration's drug crisis strategy 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 goals and objectives and a way to measure success.Learn More   Juul is pitching its e-cigarette as an anti-smoking tool to employers and insurers Juul has a new program to pitch its e-cigarette to companies and insurers who want to help their employees stop smoking cigarettes as the company continues to stave off criticism that its product has caused an epidemic in teen smoking.Learn More   Teens Need the Truth About Drugs Decades of scare tactics haven’t worked. What’s effective is clear information about risks and alternative ways to relieve stress..Learn More   Mobile addiction clinic brings help to those at heart of opioid epidemic Just as snow begins to hit the windshield, Stuart Masula pulls his...

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Using Telehealth to Combat Substance Abuse

Published 03-04-2019

Written by: Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring Intern It is no secret that the United States is facing a major drug epidemic. Substance abuse has become a public health crisis that demands urgent priority and innovative solutions. But with the advent of the Internet and smartphones, researchers have found new ways to connect with patients. Telehealth is a promising tool for treating and supporting individuals with substance use disorders. Telehealth uses technology to provide access to services and makes it possible for patients to receive screenings and counseling without traveling to a provider's office. Telehealth is not limited to a single form of technology. Platforms include computerized screening and assessment tools, telephone-based services, smartphone applications, video-conferencing, and secure recovery support chats. There are many reasons to pursue treatment through telehealth, and often they’re related to overcoming barriers to care. These might include the stigma associated with seeking help, lack of access to providers in remote areas, the...

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Perth Amboy and Woodbridge E-Cigarette Presentations

Published 03-14-2019

By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or “vapes” has skyrocketed in the past several years, particularly among adolescents who view the behavior as much safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. The perception held by many is that e-cigarettes cannot be harmful because they contain only water and flavoring, and products can be bought that are labeled “nicotine-free” and “organic”. This perception, along with marketing techniques of the c-cigarette industry, has some arguing that a new generation of smokers is on the rise. Big money tobacco companies have already invested in the up-and-coming e-cigarette companies, like Altria – the maker of Marlboro – investing $12.8 billion in Juul, an e-cigarette company whose net worth is valued at $38 billion and controls 75% of the e-cigarette market. (Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/20/altria-takes-stake-in-juul-a-pivotal-moment-for-the-e-cigarette-maker.html) With flavor options from mango to mint to chocolate to apple juice and cotton candy, to everything in between, the appeal of these...

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