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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 15, 2019

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The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run Limiting prescriptions seems logical, but a simulation study shows it would actually increase deaths, not decrease them, in the initial years.. Learn More   Which Misused Prescription Meds Send Americans to the ER? Most folks treated in a U.S. emergency room for misuse of prescription medications get into trouble because they mix different substances, a new study reports. Learn More   This Is What it's Like to Overdose on Heroin Nine Times I couldn't see anything, but I could hear my mom chattering on the phone. Quick, Cuban Spanish broken by an occasional burst of laughter. Her television blared in the background. A reality show, I think. I couldn't feel my body, either. Learn More   The “I Do” of Addiction People might mean well, but, benign or not, when somebody asks, how’s your mama...
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Fentanyl Test Strips: The Controversial New Tool to Fight Overdoses

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Written by: Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring Intern A new test strip that determines whether a street drug has been laced with fentanyl is being met with praise and skepticism. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid used as a pain reliever, is now the deadliest drug in America. It is a drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and was linked to nearly 29% of all overdose deaths in 2016. Fentanyl produces a powerful high and a small amount can cause a fatal overdose. It is cheap and sometimes mixed into street drugs without a buyer’s knowledge. An even bigger issue is the fact that heroin and fentanyl look nearly identical. A user never fully knows what they are taking and given the potency, it’s deadly. Fentanyl test strips were originally developed by Canadian biotechnology company BTNX. Its purpose is to reduce harm associated with drug use by offering clients the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 22, 2019

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Nearly 1 in 7 US kids and teens has a mental health condition, and half go untreated Half of children with a mental health condition in the United States go without treatment, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Learn More   Teaching to the Drug Test Teachers are proving particularly vulnerable to disconnects between state and federal law that send conflicting messages about the use of medical marijuana. Learn More   The latest way to combat the opioid epidemic — student-loan relief A new program will provide up to $75,000 of student loan relief for health care providers working on substance use disorders Learn More   Opioid prescriptions for pets surge, mirroring human crisis Many more Americans may be getting opioids for their pets, and veterinarians appear to be prescribing increasingly potent versions of these drugs to animals, a small study suggests. Learn More   Insurers...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 8, 2019

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Steep Climb in Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care Doctors The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015, according to a study published Friday. And about half those prescriptions came from primary care physicians. Learn More   One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be more Just under 1% of American teenagers are knowingly using the synthetic drug flakka, according to new research. Learn More   FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association says The American Lung Association gives a federal agency and individual state governments poor marks in a new report card evaluating tobacco prevention programs. Learn More   Parents worried about risks, but still think opioids are best for kids’ pain relief Headlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen...
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JAN
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School Athletes and Opioids: A Risky Proposition

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By Elaine Chan, Intern The New Year can offer many, new, and exciting opportunities. However, the New Year can also pose arduous obstacles. One of the challenges that school administrators and communities may face is the opioid misuse prevalence among student–athletes as new sports season starts. Despite the positive benefits young athletes gain from participating in organized sports, such participation may actually put some adolescents at risk for substance use because of increased access to pain medications. Youths who participate in high-injury sports may be surrounded by peers who are more likely to have leftover prescription opioids, making it easier to receive diverted prescription opioids to ease injuries without having to acknowledge to parents and coaches that they need medical attention (e.g., hiding injuries from coaches to participate). Therefore, youths involved in organized sports may be at a higher risk to misuse opioid medications because of their increased risk for injury....
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 11, 2019

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Deaths Level Off—and Even Decline—in Some Opioid Hotspots New Hampshire, Ohio cite efforts with overdose-reversal drug and push against painkiller abuse Learn More   Benzodiazepine Use and Misuse Among Adults in the United States Benzodiazepine use among U.S. adults was higher than previously reported, and misuse accounted for nearly 20% of use overall. Learn More   Amphetamine Use, Abuse and Dependence Claim Lines Increased over 3,000 Percent in 10 Years Anxiety Claim Lines Rose over 200 Percent, FAIR Health Study Shows, Learn More   Opioid-Makers Face Wave of Lawsuits in 2019 The next 12 months might just redefine the way America thinks about and responds to the opioid epidemic that now claims more than 40,000 lives each year. Learn More   NJ Towns Buck Marijuana Legalization As marijuana legalization inches forward in New Jersey, a coalition of mayors, law enforcement, and town councils are working to ensure that dispensaries never open...
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DEC
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On Opioid Addiction & Women

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During a recent event hosted by the American Association of University Women several experts spoke on how the opioid epidemic is impacting Erie County and particularly, women. Dr. Sarah Abdelsayed is a faculty member in the University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine who is board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine, and there is one thing she wants people to know: that addiction — whether it affects men or women — is not a character flaw. “It’s a disease, so it’s not a moral issue,” said Abdelsayed, whose list of accomplishments and specialities is lengthy, having completed engineering school, medical school and a family medicine residency at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, before coming to Buffalo for the UB Addiction Medicine Fellowship in 2015. According to Abdelsayed, the disease of addiction attacks the center of the brain associated with decision-making, and treatment for such a disease must be...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 21, 2018

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Senate Poised to Pass Bill to Stop Flow of Opioids Through the Mail The Senate appears poised to pass a bill intended to shut a window through which fentanyl and other opioids pour into the United States from China through the mail, as lawmakers search desperately for ways to combat an epidemic affecting people of all ages and income levels across the country. Learn More   As opioid crisis rages, cost of overdose antidote spikes As the opioid epidemic continues to kill tens of thousands of Americans each year, the drug naloxone has proved invaluable in preventing overdose-related deaths. Learn More   Receipt of Timely Addiction Treatment and Association of Early Medication Treatment With Retention in Care Among Youths With Opioid Use Disorder What percentage of youths receive medications for opioid use disorder shortly after diagnosis, and are those who receive medications early after diagnosis more likely to remain in care...
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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 in...
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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 Addiction...
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