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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 average of 40 people die of overdoses in the U.S. each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Addiction by design: Place, isolation, and deaths of despair

Deviating from its more typical “best of (neighborhoods, doctors, crab shacks…)” lifestyle articles, Baltimore Magazine featured in its July issue a far less sunny piece on the ravaging impacts of Hagerstown, Md.’s opioid crisis.
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Grief is to Love as Recovery is to Addiction

Under a variety of different names, we have normalized addiction in our society. We don’t call it addiction, because then we would have to acknowledge its drawbacks, and we certainly do not want to fall out of love with our drug of choice. However, addiction is the appropriate name for what we are all experiencing, rationalizing and promoting.
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Students With Drug and Alcohol Addiction No Longer Have to Choose Between Their Recovery and Education

The key to supporting sobriety is giving students experiences beyond pub-crawling or tailgating.
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