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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 22, 2018

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When We Talk About Suicide, We Need to Talk About Addiction No one can say definitively why Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. But I can tell you why I tried to kill myself. Twice. Learn More   These New Opioid PSAs Are Missing the Worst Part of Addiction Visceral new PSAs show the extreme lengths people will go to get high – but they leave out the desperate banality of the life of an addict. Learn More   The ‘cash for patients’ scandal sabotages addicts For the sake of their patients, addiction centres must be beyond reproach. These negative stories are a wake-up call for the sector. Learn More   “What ifs”: An underappreciated side effect of addiction Shortly after our son, William, died of an accidental heroin overdose at age 24, I stumbled upon this unflinching reflection of addiction as a family disease: “Addiction isn’t a...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 4, 2018

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Surprisingly, opioids may increase risk of chronic pain After surgery, opioids — such as morphine — are routinely used to manage pain. However, according to a new study, the drugs could actually raise the likelihood of experiencing chronic pain. Learn More   Turning the Tide on Opioid Addiction As the crisis worsens, can more be done to ensure the problem doesn’t start in a doctor’s office? Learn More   Utah doctor’s opioid-addiction recovery program aims to save lives Doctors at a Salt Lake City clinic are trying to save lives by educating the public about programs to help get people off opioids. Learn More   Families demand action: We must treat addiction like any other disease We are two of the millions of people across the country who have lost our loved ones to addiction—an entirely preventable and treatable disease. Learn More   Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 27, 2018

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Surprisingly, opioids may increase risk of chronic pain After surgery, opioids — such as morphine — are routinely used to manage pain. However, according to a new study, the drugs could actually raise the likelihood of experiencing chronic pain. Learn More   Turning the Tide on Opioid Addiction As the crisis worsens, can more be done to ensure the problem doesn’t start in a doctor’s office? Learn More   Utah doctor’s opioid-addiction recovery program aims to save lives Doctors at a Salt Lake City clinic are trying to save lives by educating the public about programs to help get people off opioids. Learn More   Families demand action: We must treat addiction like any other disease We are two of the millions of people across the country who have lost our loved ones to addiction—an entirely preventable and treatable disease. Learn More   Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable...
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MAR
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Alcohol Can Make You Tipsy – In More Ways Than One

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Alcoholism is a disease characterized by a dependency on alcohol. Since alcohol affects almost every organ in the body, chronic heavy drinking is associated with many serious health problems, including pancreatitis, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. A fact that is important for older adults to know. Osteoporosis is often known as a silent disease that has its start early in life, and progresses relatively unnoticed and without major symptoms for most of one’s life. . For this reason, it has been called “a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences,” because building healthy bones in one’s youth is important to help prevent osteoporosis and bone problems, including fractures, later in life. Alcohol negatively impacts bone health for several reasons: Excessive alcohol use interferes with the balance of calcium, which is essential for bone health It also increases certain hormone levels, which in turn reduces the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 5

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 5
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. Unnecessary Debate: Is Addiction a Disease? Imagine two stalwart wrestling fans locked in debate. One holds that professional wrestling...
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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending September 5, 2014

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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending August 22, 2014

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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending August 15, 2014

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JUL
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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap for week-ending July 25, 2014

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Weekly ATOD Recap & Advocacy for week-ending July 11, 2014

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