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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 7, 2018

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Neuroscientist thinks one way to fight opioid addiction is to tackle loneliness Feeling lonely? Social isolation isn’t just bad for your mood — it can be bad for your health, too. And in a TEDxMidAtlantic talk, Rachel Wurzman says it contributes to opioid addiction — fueling drug use, relapses and overdoses. Learn More   This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction New research conducted in mice identifies a neural pathway crucial to both depression and addiction. Can we treat these problems by simply manipulating this pathway?. Learn More   Gender Differences in Addiction: Clinical Implications Dependence on or harmful use of alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs is generally higher in men. Learn More   Former opioid addict turned Harvard doctor blames faith-based rehab centers for skipping scientific research as they push for abstinence Three-quarters of addiction treatment centers in the US follow the 12-step model, inspired...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 30, 2018

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Opioid epidemic: New Jersey sues Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over deceptive marketing New Jersey targeted one of the state's most important industries Tuesday, filing suit against a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson for its role in fueling an accelerating opioid crisis that has claimed more than 2,600 lives in the state this year. Learn More   A ruling is imminent on the legality of a controversial drug that's used to treat addiction — but some have called it a 'dangerous opioid' A final decision on the legality of a controversial drug is expected imminently from the US government. Learn More   Facebook, Google and Twitter Formed Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis The coalition will be led by the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies Learn More   Learning ways to tackle addiction Denmark can show us how to help drug users, says Helen Keats Learn More   Rethinking How...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 16, 2018

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Please note that our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish on Friday, November 23rd. On behalf of everyone at Wellspring Center for Prevention, here's wishing each of you a great Thanksgiving. May you and your family and your friends enjoy a wonderful day.   Parents Are Cutting Off Their Opioid-Addicted Kids — and It's the Toughest Decision of Their Lives Kim Humphrey was sitting in a sea of chairs, surrounded by about 40 people he had never met, when the Phoenix police officer finally realized what a train wreck his life was. Learn More   Trump's Policies Are Increasing Teen Stress and Eroding Mental Health For young people across the country, fear of gun violence and stress over racist policies are increasing stress and eroding mental health. Learn More   Chronic pot use may have serious effects on the brain, experts say More research needs to be...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 9, 2018

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Fentanyl-Laced Crack Cocaine a Deadly New Threat Fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid, is now showing up in crack cocaine and causing life-threatening overdoses Learn More   A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster When he was police chief of Stanwood, Wash., population 7,000, Ty Trenary thought rural communities like his were immune from the opioid crisis. Learn More   Opioid Antidote Can Save Lives, But Deciding When To Use It Can Be Challenging On a 90-degree afternoon in July, under the shade of a tree in Philadelphia's McPherson Square Park, I watched a couple sit down, prepare syringes and inject drugs. Learn More   Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront There are many reasons why the opioid crisis is so hard to confront. One of them is social stigma. It often extends beyond users themselves, to...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 2, 2018

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Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts Counts for the most recent final annual data are provided for comparison. National provisional counts include deaths occurring within the 50 states and the District of Columbia as of the date specified and may not include all deaths that occurred during a given time period. Learn More   Stoned Driver Crash Risk Grows as Legal Pot Spreads in the U.S. As the push to legalize marijuana gains momentum, so is evidence that more permissive policies on the drug are putting motorists at risk. Learn More   As powerful new opioid nears FDA approval, critics ask if U.S. is stoking its drug crisis A new, potent opioid medication intended for quick pain relief has become the center of a maelstrom of controversy as the drug nears a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval decision. Learn More   Adolescents’ and Young Adults’ Use and Perceptions of Pod-Based...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 26, 2018

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Higher Rate of ED Visits in Mental Illness Patients Explained Individuals with mental health diagnoses make 25% more visits to the emergency department (ED) than those without mental illness; increases in frequency correspond to illness severity, new research shows. Learn More   Battling addiction in Orthodox Jewish community means breaking through silence "The Orthodox attitude about drug problems is to stay quiet on the issue," said one rabbi working as an advocate for those fighting addiction. Learn More   Battling Anxiety, Depression and Tech Addiction In The Workplace It’s time to talk about mental health in the workplace. Not only are many employees suffering from severe burnout, but they are experiencing a host of other problems, as well. Learn More   ‘Tech addiction’ solutions are a billion-dollar market opportunity Stroll into a restaurant, ride the elevator, or visit the mall, and you’ll notice people just can’t stop checking their phones....
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 19, 2018

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Beyond the Stigma: Vermont woman in her 70s fighting opioid addiction Jeannie Leavitt says breaking her addiction to prescription painkillers is the hardest thing she's ever had to do. Learn More   Insurance inequalities must end for mental illness, substance use For the past seven years, Rachel S. has been investing inordinate amounts of energy and money in her efforts to receive treatment for her son Michael, who has a severe mental illness and substance use disorder. Learn More   Three ways to avoid substance abuse and still keep up at work From corporate duties to entertainment, many hard workers have a difficult time keeping up with their lifestyle and the expectations placed on them. Many turn to drug abuse or risky alternatives that often end in addiction, or even death. Learn More   Using Facebook to predict depression New research uses over half a million Facebook status updates to...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 12, 2018

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Facebook and Instagram Outlined the Steps They Have Taken to Prevent Drug Sales Facebook vice president of global policy management Monika Bickert responded to a story by Elizabeth Dwoskin for The Washington Post detailing the prevalence of illegal drug sales on Instagram. Learn More   ER Staffers Under Assault. Blame the Opioid Crisis. Emergency departments are becoming increasingly violent places as doctors bear the brunt of fallout from the opioid epidemic, a new survey shows.. Learn More   Why opioid dependence varies so dramatically across U.S. states Nearly every state is affected by the opioid crisis, some more than others. Learn More   Marijuana-infused alcohol could become illegal in Michigan Marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks are expected to become illegal here in Michigan. Legislation doing just that is heading to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where he's expected to sign it. Learn More   Does addiction last a lifetime? I am now 11...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 5, 2018

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The Drug Problem in the U.S. Is Not What We Think It Is We can't control the supply of drugs but we can reduce demand. Learn More   Drugs that look like candy have police worried that similar pills are out there close to Halloween Drugs disguised as candy that a suburban Atlanta police department confiscated late last week after a hit-and-run accident should be a warning for all those who interact with kids — especially with about a month to go before Halloween. Learn More   This doctor wrote 130 opioid prescriptions a day. She says she did nothing wrong. Overprescribing caused the opioid epidemic. But not all doctors feel bad about what they did. Learn More   Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse. Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 28, 2018

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Experts: Physicians Need to Own Suicide Prevention Lack of clinician training and poor risk prediction are among the obstacles to reducing suicides in the U.S., said speakers at a workshop here sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Learn More   N.J. on pace to lose 8 lives a day to overdoses as opioid crisis spreads In 2016, the Garden State lost six people a day to drug overdoses, most of them from heroin. Last year, the rate increased to seven a day. Learn More   1 in 20 deaths globally is a result of alcohol use Over 3 million people died from alcohol consumption in 2016, equating to 1 in 20 deaths globally, according to a new report by the World Health Organization. Learn More   Successful recovery from addiction means more than achieving abstinence Successful recovery from drug and alcohol addiction through attending a residential...
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