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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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Why We Need More Than Just an International Overdose Awareness Day

Why We Need More Than Just an International Overdose Awareness Day
Drug overdose is an issue surrounded by stigma that makes it difficult for family and friends of victims to grieve properly. Recently we recognized International Overdose Awareness Day. The event is designed for people touched by overdose to publicly mourn the loss of loved ones together without guilt or shame and remember the lives that could have been saved. The stigma that surrounds overdose might make it seem like a problem for weak, poor, severely disadvantaged people or celebrities, but that is not true. The victims of this problem are among your friends, your family, and could even be you. Yet people do not seem to recognize that it is a growing crisis among us with drug overdose deaths outnumbering those of car crashes. Each day, 44 Americans die from overdose and most deaths are from opioids, your commonly prescribed painkillers. In the past 15 years, the sales of prescription...
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Time to Remember - Time to Act

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At the end of this month, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. This is an opportunity to take a moment not only to pay tribute to the tragedy of all the lives lost to overdose, but also a time to make a difference to help put an end to this epidemic. Drug overdose in a worldwide issue with America topping the charts as one of the worst effected countries. The year 2014 was the highest rated year of drug-related overdose deaths on record ever! According to the CDC , in 2014, a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. The vast majority of these overdoses occur using opioids (pain relievers) and at the head of that monster are prescription opioids and heroin, which have quadrupled in related deaths since 1999. So how can you get involved on this day? There are so many ways: You...
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