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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 8, 2018

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Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive.
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Fentanyl: Time to Open Our Eyes to Today’s Biggest Driver of the Opioid Crisis (Part I)

If the recently released “final words” about the investigation of funk, rock, and pop star legend Prince’s death don’t open our eyes to the now leading cause of the opioid crisis, nothing will. Although I’m not sure the words about Prince’s death are final when we don’t know the source of the Vicodin look-alike, fentanyl-containing pills that killed him, it’s time to stop acting like all opioids are equal players in the so-called opioid epidemic.
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Don't Call K2 'Synthetic Marijuana'

While the NYPD is considering a softer approach to the way it enforces public marijuana smoking, it’s cracking down on another drug — what some people call “synthetic marijuana,” or “K2.”
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Most in U.S. Say Consuming Alcohol, Marijuana Morally OK

Large majorities of Americans believe that using substances like alcohol and marijuana are morally permissible. Specifically, 78% say drinking alcohol is morally acceptable and 65% say smoking marijuana is.
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Stigma Is A Barrier To Addiction Treatment. Lift The Label Hopes To Squelch The Shame

Colorado’s $1.8 million Lift The Label campaign is all about challenging the perceptions of people with opioid addiction and encouraging them to get help.
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She paid nothing for opioid painkillers. Her addiction treatment costs more than $200 a month.

Some health insurers’ policies are keeping addiction treatment out of the hands of patients — in the middle of an opioid epidemic.
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Bubble pop? Brownie batter? Vapes’ added flavors fuel e-cigarette debate

A heated debate is redrawing alliances in the tobacco control movement as federal officials wrestle with how to regulate the growing e-cigarette market.
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White House launches opioid education campaign that targets young people using shock value

The White House is starting an anti-opioid advertising campaign targeting young people Thursday, one of its most concrete steps to address opioids since the Trump administration declared the epidemic a public health emergency in October.
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