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Marijuana. Should We Consider a Different Tact?

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The last time I wrote about marijuana, I was inundated with dozens of emails and posts providing counter-positions to mine, or actually that of my prevention agency, Wellspring Center for Prevention. So allow me to take a slightly different tact. Mostly because the accepted understanding in our state is that legalized marijuana will become the law of the land later this year or early next. It’s not that we’ve given up our efforts to try and stop or stall this march to inevitability. It’s our desire to ensure that that citizens are provided with the opportunity to ban the sale and distribution of legalized marijuana within their municipal borders. That the implementation of medical marijuana in additional locations takes priority over the implementation of shops that sale marijuana in the strip mall across from your kids’ school. And most importantly, that today’s (and tomorrow’s) youth are protected from state action...
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OCT
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 12, 2018

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Facebook and Instagram Outlined the Steps They Have Taken to Prevent Drug Sales Facebook vice president of global policy management Monika Bickert responded to a story by Elizabeth Dwoskin for The Washington Post detailing the prevalence of illegal drug sales on Instagram. Learn More   ER Staffers Under Assault. Blame the Opioid Crisis. Emergency departments are becoming increasingly violent places as doctors bear the brunt of fallout from the opioid epidemic, a new survey shows.. Learn More   Why opioid dependence varies so dramatically across U.S. states Nearly every state is affected by the opioid crisis, some more than others. Learn More   Marijuana-infused alcohol could become illegal in Michigan Marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks are expected to become illegal here in Michigan. Legislation doing just that is heading to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where he's expected to sign it. Learn More   Does addiction last a lifetime? I am now 11...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 14, 2018

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NIC Fraternities Ban Hard Alcohol in Decisive Action In an important, decisive action to enhance health and safety in fraternity communities, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) recently adopted a Standard prohibiting hard alcohol from fraternity chapter facilities and events. Learn More   Almost one in 20 U.S. adults now use e-cigarettes Roughly 10.8 million American adults are currently using e-cigarettes, and more than half of them are under 35 years old, a U.S. study suggests. Learn More   We Must Stop Opioid Overprescribing – Now The president of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on solutions to help combat the opioid crisis. Learn More   Oxycontin Maker Selling Opioid Addiction Drug, Too Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin who some have blamed for the epidemic of opioid painkiller addictions, has patented a medicine aimed at curbing those disorders. Learn More   Most Doctors Are Ill-Equipped to Deal With the Opioid...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 31, 2018

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No safe level of alcohol, new study concludes Three million deaths in 2016 were attributed to alcohol, which carries 'massive health risks,' according to paper. Learn More   No boundaries: Opioid expert says overdoses are found in wealthy places and poor ones Leaders at local mental health and drug treatment agencies all agree that the spotlight put on the opioid epidemic has brought the severity of the problem out of the dark. Especially in the suburbs. Learn More   Garden State schools now required to carry life-saving opioid antidotes As New Jersey continues to grapple with an opioid addiction epidemic, high schools across the state will soon be required to carry life-saving antidotes under a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday. Learn More   Marijuana study raises concerns about THC in breast milk up to six days after use Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 24, 2018

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Florida school districts defying hazy rules on the use of medical marijuana for students School districts across Florida continue to defy state law with policies banning students' use of physician-recommended medical marijuana. Learn More   What the media gets wrong about opioids After Jillian Bauer-Reese created an online collection of opioid recovery stories, she began to get calls for help from reporters. But she was dismayed by the narrowness of the requests, which sought only one type of interviewee. Learn More   Coroner sent letters to doctors whose patients died of opioid overdoses. Doctors' habits quickly changed Addressed directly to the doctor, the letter arrived in a plain business envelope with a return address of the San Diego County medical examiner’s office. Learn More   Adolescent Binge Drinking. Developmental Context and Opportunities for Prevention Binge drinking, commonly defined as consuming five or more standard drinks per occasion for men and...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 10, 2018

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Tech takes on cigarette smoking Researchers develop system that senses smoking movements, sends motivational text messages, videos to help users quit smoking. Learn More   How opioids reshape your brain, and what scientists are learning about addiction None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn't end when you step out of the classroom Learn More   E-Cigarettes Promote Smoking Progression in Youth and Depress Quitting Among Adults E-cigarettes are not an effective tool to reduce combustible-cigarette smoking, two NIDA-supported studies indicate. Learn More   Adolescent Marijuana Use Is Linked to Altered Neural Circuitry and Mood Symptoms In a recent NIDA-supported study, males from low-income backgrounds who used marijuana in escalating frequency throughout their teen years exhibited disrupted connectivity at age 20 in a brain circuit that links rewarding experiences with motivation and mood.. Learn More   Everyone Dealing With...
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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. Learn More   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. Learn More   Don't Call K2 'Synthetic Marijuana' While the NYPD is considering...
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MAY
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 25, 2018

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Young people are choosing marijuana before cigarettes and alcohol New research shows that the percentage of 12- to 21-year-olds who start using marijuana before other substances has increased significantly over the past decade. Learn More   Methadone Appears Safe and Effective in Treating Fentanyl Addiction Methadone appears safe and effective in treating people who use fentanyl, suggests a study presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Learn More   The Drug-Intoxication Epidemic and Solid-Organ Transplantation The drug-abuse epidemic in the United States has led to an increased number of organ donors dying from drug intoxication. Learn More   What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos? The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 18, 2018

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A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. Learn More   At NJ hospitals, ex-users urge opioid overdose victims to seek treatment “The first time I did heroin was in Brooklyn House of Detention,” recalled Eric McIntire, sitting in a windowless conference room at Barnabas Health Medical Group in West Orange. His two iPhones, which ring loudly and often, were on the table in front of him. Learn More   'Epicenter' of N.J.'s opioid epidemic may be getting better Monmouth and Ocean counties are two Jersey Shore neighbors that are part of what has been called the "epicenter" of the state's opioid epidemic. Learn More   Alcohol, Tobacco More Harmful Than Illegal Drugs It's smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol -- and not taking illegal drugs -- that pose the greatest risks...
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MAR
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 23, 2018

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What Does It Mean When We Call Addiction a Brain Disorder? The term acknowledges that addiction is a chronic but treatable medical condition involving changes to circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control. Learn More   Women, Economic Opportunity and Opioid Addiction In 1999, opioid overdose deaths totaled 8,050 in the U.S., of which nearly 26 percent were women. Learn More   Non-psychoactive cannabis ingredient could help addicts stay clean Preclinical study using rats shows that Cannabidiol can reduce the risk of relapse Learn More   Effective addiction treatment requires good health coverage The opioid crisis is a public health emergency that shows no signs of abating. Learn More   Marijuana May Aid in Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Marijuana may be useful in combating alcoholism and curbing cocaine cravings. Learn More   FDA’s Gottlieb discusses the agency’s plan to take on drug prices, Big Tobacco and the opioid epidemic...
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