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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 29, 2018


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More, Better Research Needed on Marijuana’s Effects on Teens and Young Adults

A recent retrospective review published in JAMA Psychiatry demonstrates how little we know about the effects of marijuana use, particularly on teenagers and young adults.
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A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

Principal Mary Ann Hale dreads weekends. By the time Fridays roll around, 74-year-old Hale, a principal at West Elementary School in McArthur, Ohio, is overcome with worry, wondering whether her students will survive the couple of days away from school.
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Facebook to redirect users searching for opioids to federal crisis help line

Facebook users attempting to purchase opioids or seeking out addiction treatment will be instead be redirected to information about a federal crisis help line, the company announced Tuesday, a major step for an industry leader facing pressure to more aggressively police illicit drug sales on its platform.
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FDA approves country’s first medicine made from marijuana

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the country’s first drug derived from marijuana, a medication that treats two rare and devastating forms of epilepsy.
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Kids' exposure to addiction drug rose 215% in three years, study says

More than 11,200 calls concerning children's exposure to buprenorphine, an opioid medication used to treat opioid use disorder, were made to US poison control centers from 2007 to 2016, a new study found. Eighty-six percent of the exposures were in children below the age of 6; 89% of the exposures were unintentional.
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Retailers testing blue lights to ward off drug users

Colored bulbs cast an eerie blue glow in the restroom of a convenience store where people who inject heroin and other drugs have been seeking the relative privacy of the stalls to shoot up.
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Why non-smokers are getting lung cancer

Lung cancer is commonly associated with smoking. But rates of the disease among non-smokers – and women – are rising.
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Cigna plans nationwide curb of opioid addiction through prevention and treatment efforts

Insurance giant Cigna announced plans for a nationwide effort to further reduce the number of opioid overdoses in its patient population by 25% by December 2021.
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Marijuana addiction is real, and rising

An estimated 9 percent of marijuana users become addicted.
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Student-peer organization helps erase stigma tied to mental-health issues: Study

With news of rising suicide rates, there is a growing movement to remove the stigma associated with mental health throughout the nation.
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Opioid-Makers Cut Back On Marketing Payments To Doctors

The past two years have been a time of reckoning for pharmaceutical manufacturers over their role in promoting opioid drugs that have fed a national epidemic.
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How opioid addiction alters our brains to always want more

At a hearing on Capitol Hill earlier this year, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander asked an important question: Why is most of the treatment for opioid addiction more opioids?
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What causes alcohol addiction? Study investigates

Is a faulty signaling mechanism in the brain area that processes emotion the reason that only a minority of those who drink alcohol become addicted to it?
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