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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 30, 2018

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Opioid epidemic: New Jersey sues Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over deceptive marketing New Jersey targeted one of the state's most important industries Tuesday, filing suit against a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson for its role in fueling an accelerating opioid crisis that has claimed more than 2,600 lives in the state this year. Learn More   A ruling is imminent on the legality of a controversial drug that's used to treat addiction — but some have called it a 'dangerous opioid' A final decision on the legality of a controversial drug is expected imminently from the US government. Learn More   Facebook, Google and Twitter Formed Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis The coalition will be led by the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies Learn More   Learning ways to tackle addiction Denmark can show us how to help drug users, says Helen Keats Learn More   Rethinking How...
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SEP
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 7, 2018

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We’re failing in the opioid crisis. A new study shows a more serious approach would save lives. The study suggests a comprehensive approach is needed — one that goes way further than what America has done so far. Learn More   How the opioid crackdown is backfiring Hundreds of chronic pain patients responding to a POLITICO survey describe being refused opioid prescriptions they had relied on for years with sometimes devastating consequences. Learn More   Gaps in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Referral Process: Provider Perceptions The demand for substance use disorder treatment is increasing, fueled by the opioid epidemic and the Affordable Care Act mandate to treat substance use disorders. Learn More   For parents of teenagers in addiction, treatment is expensive, daunting — and increasingly hard to find Learning that their child is struggling with a substance-use disorder is any parent's nightmare. But, especially if the child is...
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JUN
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Syringe Access Program Stigma Still Exists

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By Gina Miraglia, Wellslpring Preventionist In October of 2017, the Trump Administration declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. In response, the department of Health and Human Services of the US government announced a 5-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis. However, a recent study showed that there is less support than expected among Americans to reduce the risk of overdose and infections among opioid users using evidence-based strategies. In the June issue of Preventive Medicine journal, a study of over 1,000 American adults expressed their views on syringe access programs (SAPs) and safe injection sites. The study revealed that “only 29% of respondents supported legalizing safe injection sites in their communities and only 39% supported legalizing [SAPs] in their communities.” Those with unsupportive views were also found to have negative views about opioid users. Though this study exposed unfavorable views about these opioid epidemic tactics, it was still...
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MAR
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 16, 2018

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Governors Press for More Funds to Fight Opioid Addiction Governors emphasized the need for additional federal funding and flexibility in the fight against the opioid crisis during the sixth hearing held by the Senate health committee this Congress. Learn More   Suicides, Drug Addiction and High School Football An hour’s drive from Louisville, perched along the Ohio River, sits the prettiest little town. Learn More   Shattering The Myth Of The ‘Addicted Baby’ The other day I caught the headline about a class-action against 20 pharmaceutical companies. Nothing earth shaking there. These lawsuits are well-publicized. What caught my eye was the first nine words of the story. Learn More   After Addiction Comes Families’ Second Blow: The Crushing Cost of Rehab Out-of-pocket expenses to save loved ones are soaring beyond what many can afford, especially when addicts go through multiple rounds of treatment Learn More   Mental Health Plays Role...
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FEB
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 23, 2018

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More Children May Be Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Than Previously Believed, New Study Finds There is a very good reason why doctors, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), recommend that women who are expecting or are planning to get pregnant avoid alcohol entirely: Learn More   Spouses have strong influence on risk for alcohol abuse Spouses with uncontrolled drinking problems have a “large and rapid” influence on the likelihood their partner will also be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder, according to a long-term study of married couples in Sweden. Learn More   Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Hundreds of New Meds The U.S. National Institutes of Health spent more than $100 billion on research that led to 210 new medicines gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval over six years, a new study shows. Learn More   Bills take aim at Arizona's booming...
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NOV
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DEA Collects Record Number of Unused Pills as Part of Its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. That is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event.This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons. Now in its 8th year, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens. The DEA action comes just days after President Donald J. Trump announced the mobilization of his entire Administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by directing the...
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OCT
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Documentary Screening: GENERATION FOUND on October 16

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Please join us for a free screening of this documentary and learn about one response to the opioid crisis: recovery high schools. Refreshments will be served. WHEN - Monday, October 16th 7:00 –9:00 p.m. WHERE -  Piscataway Public Library, Kennedy Branch, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway NJ To register, please call (732) 463-1633 x 6 or stop by the our Information Desk!
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OCT
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We Aim to Reach Women Across the Life-Span to Prevent Opioid Misuse And Overdose

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Written by Jenna Lynn Bonstein, Preventionist I Are we fed up with the opioid crisis in America? That’s an understatement. We constantly hear about it in the news and we know how it is directly impacting our families. President Trump publicly declared this as a “state of emergency” crisis in the United States. To put this epidemic in relatable terms, approximately every 6.7 hours there was a drug related death in New Jersey, and every 11.2 hours, a heroin-related death occurred. (NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services-2014). Misuse in opioids is exceptionally increasing in our society, especially among women. The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicated that each day approximately 5,750 individuals start their first non-medical use of prescription drugs; of these, fifty-four percent are females. It is proven, women who use opioids progress to dependence more quickly than men. Recently, Wellspring Center for...
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