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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 2, 2018

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Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts

Counts for the most recent final annual data are provided for comparison. National provisional counts include deaths occurring within the 50 states and the District of Columbia as of the date specified and may not include all deaths that occurred during a given time period.
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Stoned Driver Crash Risk Grows as Legal Pot Spreads in the U.S.

As the push to legalize marijuana gains momentum, so is evidence that more permissive policies on the drug are putting motorists at risk.
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As powerful new opioid nears FDA approval, critics ask if U.S. is stoking its drug crisis

A new, potent opioid medication intended for quick pain relief has become the center of a maelstrom of controversy as the drug nears a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval decision.
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Adolescents’ and Young Adults’ Use and Perceptions of Pod-Based Electronic Cigarettes

This survey study of 445 adolescents and young adults revealed similar chances (40%) of experiencing negative health and social consequences from using pod-based and/or other types of e-cigarettes.
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Opioid 'patient brokers' who prey on the addicted finally get the treatment they deserve

As if people addicted to opioids don’t have enough trouble, shady operators have found a way to exploit them.
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On College Campuses, Making Overdose Medication Readily Available

As the opioid epidemic has escalated around the nation, colleges and universities have been spared the brunt of it.
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Knocking On Doors To Get Opioid Overdose Survivors Into Treatment

Larrecsa Cox is a paramedic, but instead of an ambulance with flashing lights and sirens, she drives around in an old, white sedan.
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Record-High Number Of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

Sixty-six percent are on board with legal weed, according to a new Gallup poll.
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Substance Abuse and Involuntary Commitment: Will it Work?

A majority of mental health professionals supported adult civil commitment for substance use disorder, according a researcher here.
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Different Prescriptions for Long-Term Recovery from Opioid Addiction

Experts explain differing views of what recovery entails. They all agree that New Jersey could do more to expand services to people trying to overcome dependence on the drugs.
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Mental health conditions on the rise among US students

As more and more people discuss mental health issues in public forums, it seems to be lifting some of the stigma surrounding the topic.
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