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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.
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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?.
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Gender Differences in Addiction: Clinical Implications

Dependence on or harmful use of alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs is generally higher in men.
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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 by Christian beliefs - and it may be to the detriment of many patients, says a Harvard University doctor and recovering opioid addict.
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Opioid prescriptions from dentists linked to youth addiction risk

In teenagers and young adults, receiving opioids from dental providers is linked with elevated risk for continued opioid use and abuse, a Stanford study has found.
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Bypassed generation: Grandparents raising children born to addicted parents

Like millions of grandparents across the country, Marci Worthington is raising the child her own could not.
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An old drug makes a comeback in New Jersey

You’re probably aware of the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic in New Jersey but you might not realize there’s another drug problem that is also getting worse.
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School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction

When Maddy Nadeau was a toddler, her mother wasn't able to care for her. "I remember mom was always locking herself in her room and she didn't take care of me. My mom just wasn't around at the time," she says.
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Those who suffer from drug addiction should not be stigmatized

The drug addiction crisis in our country will never get better if Americans continue to fall back on the old idea that drug addiction is simply a lifestyle choice and a moral deficit.
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Telemedicine underused in treating addiction

Providers aren't using telemedicine enough for substance use disorder treatment, and researchers say the resource is a "missed opportunity" when drug overdose deaths continue to climb and access to care remains limited.
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