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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 1, 2019

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Association of Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing of Opioid Products With Mortality From Opioid-Related Overdoses To what extent is pharmaceutical industry marketing of opioids to physicians associated with subsequent mortality from prescription opioid overdoses? Learn More   The FDA is considering drugs to help kids quit vaping The US Food and Drug Administration is considering the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in during a public hearing Friday on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth. Learn More   FDA clears the way to increase access and lower cost of life-saving opioid overdose treatment drug The Food and Drug Administration is clearing the way for drug companies to increase access and lower the cost of a life-saving drug used to treat opioid overdoses. Learn More   Fatal opioid overdoses by state All states in the...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 18, 2019

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Opioid Overdoses Are Now The Nation’s Most Common Preventable Cause Of Death Americans are more likely to accidentally overdose than die in a motor vehicle accident or a fall, according to a new report. Learn More   Meth’s resurgence highlights lack of meds to combat addiction Overdose rates involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016. Learn More   Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction Announce Merger Together, as Center on Addiction, They Will Transform How U.S. Addresses Addiction Learn More   Maryland regulators: Is medical marijuana effective for treating opioid addiction? Answer: It's complicated As opioid overdose deaths continued to mount in Maryland last year, state lawmakers asked medical marijuana regulators to determine whether cannabis could be effective at treating addiction to heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone. Learn More   F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping The Food and Drug Administration...
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NOV
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 2, 2018

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Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts Counts for the most recent final annual data are provided for comparison. National provisional counts include deaths occurring within the 50 states and the District of Columbia as of the date specified and may not include all deaths that occurred during a given time period. Learn More   Stoned Driver Crash Risk Grows as Legal Pot Spreads in the U.S. As the push to legalize marijuana gains momentum, so is evidence that more permissive policies on the drug are putting motorists at risk. Learn More   As powerful new opioid nears FDA approval, critics ask if U.S. is stoking its drug crisis A new, potent opioid medication intended for quick pain relief has become the center of a maelstrom of controversy as the drug nears a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval decision. Learn More   Adolescents’ and Young Adults’ Use and Perceptions of Pod-Based Electronic...
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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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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 Prevention...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 18

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Opioid Users Are Filling Jails. Why Don’t Jails Treat Them? Getting methadone in jail gave a Connecticut heroin user a firmer foothold in recovery. But fewer than 1 percent of jails and prisons allow it. Learn More   Ohio foster care system flooded with children amid opioid epidemic On a winding trail in southeastern Ohio, four children symbolize the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds. Learn More First Responders Spending More On Overdose Reversal Drug In Prince George's County, Md., every first responder carries naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. Learn More   'Delicate balance' between alcohol's protective and harmful effects A new study on a large population sample has concluded that heavy drinking can have disastrous health effects, whereas light to moderate alcohol consumption could be beneficial. Learn More   Inside the Mind Of An Addict: Hating That You Love Your...
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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 approximately...
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MAY
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Middlesex County Sheds Eight-Ton Elephant from the County

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In the throes of a serious national overdose epidemic, agencies across the country are fighting back with solutions. To reduce the availability of excess prescription medications within our communities, many initiatives have been undertaken. Since September 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has collected and destroyed an estimated 4,025 tons of expired or unneeded medications through their National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative aims to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and trafficking of medications. But it didn’t start there. In 2009, plans were underway by the Coalition for Healthy Communities’ Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force for a coordinated Take Back event in Middlesex County. As a result of that planning, the DEA expanded the reach and sponsored the first statewide collection effort in New Jersey in November 2009. Since that...
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NOV
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 4

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 4
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. No Kegs, No Liquor: College Crackdown Targets Drinking and Sexual Assault Dozens of universities have introduced stricter rules on alcohol,...
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OCT
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 14

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 14
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. Treatment community largely absent from ballot debate on legalization If opponents of easing legal restrictions on marijuana use succeed in...
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