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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 12, 2018


Why some people swear by Alcoholics Anonymous — and others despise it

The research offers some insights, but it’s complicated.
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Time for Drug Courts To Equip Participants with Naloxone

Individuals who use opioids after a period of abstinence are at a higher risk for overdose due to a lowered tolerance, a circumstance in which drug court participants with a history of opioid use may find themselves.
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APA releases new practice guideline on treatment of alcohol use disorder

Today, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a new practice guideline on the treatment of alcohol use disorder. This practice guideline provides evidence-based statements designed to increase knowledge of the disorder and ensure the appropriate use of medications.
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The United States Of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is a unique legalized drug in American culture. It’s not a crime to consume in all states (unlike marijuana). There is little stigma attached to having a drink (unlike cigarettes). And it can be abused somewhat openly, even in the company of your co-workers (unlike opioids).
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Is Alcohol A Problem? Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

The thinking about problem drinking and alcoholism has changed. It's no longer considered a black-and-white, you have it or you don't condition.
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Study shows association between non-cigarette tobacco product use and future cigarette smoking among teens

Some teens who use e-cigarettes and other non-cigarette tobacco products report smoking cigarettes one year later, according to recent research funded by institutes within the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.
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Kappa Opioid Receptor Structure Revealed, A Potential Milestone in Medication Development

New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse illuminates the crystal structure of the activated kappa opioid receptor (KOR). The breakthrough could facilitate the development of new medications to treat pain and addiction..
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Alcohol-Linked ER Visits Are Rapidly Rising, Though Drinking Per Capita Is Down

Most Americans drink safely and in moderation. But a steady annual increase in trips made to emergency rooms as a result of drinking alcohol added up to 61 percent more visits in 2014 compared with 2006, according to a study published this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
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