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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 15, 2018

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Potential new treatment for drug addiction relapse revealed Research published in Addiction Biology by scientists at the University of Bath reveals a new potential mechanism for combatting drug addiction relapse. Learn More   NIH spells out $500 million plan to improve addiction treatment and pain management The National Institutes of Health, thanks to Congress, will soon have an extra $500 million to spend each year on research into opioids and pain treatment. And on Tuesday, the research agency published a scie Learn More   How Teenage Vaping Puts Structure in Place for Heroin and Cocaine Addiction The rapid adoption of e-cigarettes has been driven, at least in part, by a huge jump in the potency of e-liquids. Learn More   How can patients be protected from post-surgery opioid addiction? Greater coordination is needed between surgeons and physicians about the prescription of pain-relieving opioid drugs following surgery to help identify patients...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 20, 2018

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‘Moderate’ drinking guidelines are too loose, study says A sweeping international study of alcohol consumption has found no overall health benefits from moderate drinking and calls into question the U.S. guidelines that say men can safely drink twice as much as women. Learn More   DEA’s opioid crackdown brings arrests of prescribers, pharmacists The Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 28 drug prescribers and pharmacists, and revoked the licenses of 147 people who handle controlled substances, as part of a nationwide crackdown on the illegal use and distribution of opioids and other prescription medications, the Justice Department announced Monday. Learn More   Opioids Kill. Here’s How an Overdose Shuts Down Your Body U.S. deaths from opioid overdoses are mounting with breathtaking speed. These powerful drugs — including heroin, morphine and fentanyl — can relieve pain and evoke intense feelings of pleasure. Learn More   Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 13, 2018

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Addiction recovery advocates pressure state to change sober living laws In big bold letters on a New Jersey Superior Court decision document, the words “penalties” and “violation” stand out next to an amount for more than half a million dollars. Learn More   Opioid addiction treatment with medicine works best. Why don't more young people get it? First there was the bottle of opioid cough medicine he chugged when he was 13 or 14. Then the pills prescribed to his father for chronic pain. Learn More   Poll: Most Americans View Addiction As Disease, But Stigmatizing Views Persist A new survey revealed that about 32% of participants view opioid addiction as a character flaw. Learn More   Scared Straight: ‘Addiction Angel’ nurse uses 1970s concept to steer kids off opioids Alicia Palermo-Reddy preps patients for ambulatory surgery and she recently noticed two, middle-aged women who seemed sad and withdrawn. The...
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Talking About Drugs and Alcohol with Your Kids

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I am sure that by now you probably know that drugs and alcohol present a menacing threat to your children. What you may not realize is that that you represent the crucial element in preventing your children from suffering the harm that substance abuse can bring. Fact is that a healthy talk at home represents the best way of setting your children down the path to a future that is free of alcohol and drug abuse. Keep in mind that your children are attending sporting events, go to parties, participate in school dances, and more likely than not, the topic of drug or alcohol use is likely to come up. Which is why keeping the communications channels open with your children, is paramount. If you’re lucky, your children will come to you and ask you about things they see and hear while in school, or out of it. When your...
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America’s Emerging Drug Issue - Benzodiazepines

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By Gina-Marie Miraglia. Wellspring Preventionist America is well aware of the opioid epidemic we are currently in, but we now have another class of drugs of concern. Prescription sedatives known as benzodiazepines are being misused and abused at escalating rates. Benzodiazepines include drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium and are used for sedation and relaxation. Within the past decade, overdose rates have dramatically increased as society becomes more dependent on these drugs. Benzodiazepines are prescribed to those with insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, and seizures. Research shows that these drugs are being prescribed at an escalating rate increasing 67% from 1997 to 2013 while overdoses have increased seven time more from 1999 to 2015; according to Stanford Medicine. Benzodiazepines are comparable to opioids since the benefits are overestimated while the consequences of addiction and over consumption are overlooked. Benzodiazepines are meant to be used for short periods of time...
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Talking About Drugs and Alcohol with Your Kids

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I am sure that by now you probably know that drugs and alcohol present a menacing threat to your children. What you may not realize is that that you represent the crucial element in preventing your children from suffering the harm that substance abuse can bring. Fact is that a healthy talk at home represents the best way of setting your children down the path to a future that is free of alcohol and drug abuse. Keep in mind that your children are attending sporting events, go to parties, participate in school dances, and more likely than not, the topic of drug or alcohol use is likely to come up. Which is why keeping the communications channels open with your children, is paramount. If you’re lucky, your children will come to you and ask you about things they see and hear while in school, or out of it. When your...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 13, 2017

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Study Pokes Holes in Fetal Alcohol Hypothesis A new study published in the journal Brain Behavior and Immunity appears to challenge the theory that cells in the brain’s immune system are the culprit behind the neurological damage that occurs in children exposed to alcohol while in the womb. Learn More   Industry messages on responsible drinking can be muddy The language used in industry-sponsored messages about drinking alcohol, such as “drink responsibly” and “drink properly,” doesn’t do a good job of explaining to the public what safe alcohol consumption means, suggests a recent study. Learn More Your Hangovers Really Are Getting Worse With Age And it's not just your liver falling down on the job. Learn More   Fentanyl Is Now The Leading Cause Of US Overdose Deaths Deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids killed more than 21,000 people in 2016, doubling the previous year's rate, CDC data show....
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International Overdose Awareness Day Coming August 31st

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International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. An overdose means having too much of a drug (or combination of drugs) for your body to be able to cope with. There are a number of signs and symptoms that show someone has overdosed, and these differ with the type of drug used. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. It is important to know your correct dosage, what drugs definitely should not be mixed, and know to seek help if you feel you are not in control of your drug use. Globally, there is an estimated minimum of 190,000 – in most cases avoidable – premature deaths from drugs, the majority attributable to the use of opioids. The United States accounts for...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 27

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 27
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. Radical ketamine therapy could treat alcohol addiction A one-off dose of the drug could help alcohol addicts reduce their...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 21

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 21
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. Most countries get more calories from alcohol than soft drinks – study Data suggests tackling Britain’s drink problem could...
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