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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...
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JAN
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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...
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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...
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SEP
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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...
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AUG
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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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AUG
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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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JUL
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 13, 2018

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FDA Presses Internet Companies on Illegal Online Opioid Sales Federal regulators are dialing up pressure on big internet companies to do more to prevent online sales of opioids as industry leaders met with government officials at a summit meeting Wednesday. Learn More   New CDC Director Targets Opioids, Suicide and Pandemics In his first interview as the head of the CDC, Robert Redfield discusses the need to address rising substance abuse, global health threats and HIV/AIDS. Learn More   Rejected by A.A. How the 12 Step program and its decades-old philosophy are exacerbating the opioid crisis. Learn More   NJ Hospitals Explore Software to Reduce Addiction, Improve Care Computerized tracking tool summarizes patients’ histories, flagging suspect behaviors and speeding response time. Learn More   Commentary: The battle against opioid addiction will be won in communities, not in Washington The rising death toll from opioid addiction has galvanized a federal response...
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JUN
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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 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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