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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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The Statistics are Still Scary. But Recovery is Possible

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A week or so ago I received an email that provided some startling statistics. In 2017, we lost over 70,000 individuals to overdoses. There was a three and a half-fold increase in cocaine overdoses since 2010. And opiates were responsible for almost 30,000 deaths. While these numbers are sobering, I also know that there are millions of individuals who are in treatment right now, and millions more who are now in recovery and living full and hectic lives. And that’s where the focus of this month’s column is about. Oftentimes, individuals who experience a mental or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year, millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from families is essential to recovery, so it’s important that family...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 3, 2018

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Relaxing patient privacy protections will harm people with addiction The nation is in the midst of a staggering opioid epidemic. Over 115 people die from an overdose each day – and all signs indicate that the problem is getting worse. Learn More   Addiction builds in the brain over time, new research shows There are certain risk factors that can contribute to a person’s struggle with addiction, including genetic predispositions, environmental influences, poor coping methods, and behavioral issues. Learn More   Now Hiring: A Company Offers Drug Treatment And A Job To Addicted Applicants It's hard enough for employers to find workers to fill open jobs these days, but on top of it, many prospective hires are failing drug tests. Learn More   Opioid Use Hasn't Declined In The Last Decade Despite Addiction Crisis Addiction to prescription opioids like oxycodone has risen so rapidly in the last decade that now...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June, 2018

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Why Are More Women Than Ever Addicted to Alcohol? Despite health warnings 
and greater social awareness, alcohol use disorder has nearly doubled for 
women since 2002. What’s at the bottom of it? Learn More   Social media usage linked to underage drinking Penn Medicine research explores adolescent and young adult social media use and drinking patterns. Learn More   If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime? When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Learn More   A growing number of sober programs support college students recovering from addiction “No one should have to choose between recovery and a college education,” said the director of the biggest college recovery program in the country. Learn More   As fatal overdoses rise, many Americans see drug addiction as a major problem in their community...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 13, 2018

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Addiction recovery advocates pressure state to change sober living laws In big bold letters on a New Jersey Superior Court decision document, the words “penalties” and “violation” stand out next to an amount for more than half a million dollars. Learn More   Opioid addiction treatment with medicine works best. Why don't more young people get it? First there was the bottle of opioid cough medicine he chugged when he was 13 or 14. Then the pills prescribed to his father for chronic pain. Learn More   Poll: Most Americans View Addiction As Disease, But Stigmatizing Views Persist A new survey revealed that about 32% of participants view opioid addiction as a character flaw. Learn More   Scared Straight: ‘Addiction Angel’ nurse uses 1970s concept to steer kids off opioids Alicia Palermo-Reddy preps patients for ambulatory surgery and she recently noticed two, middle-aged women who seemed sad and withdrawn. The...
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15th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit Coming June 9th

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Event’s theme is “Roads to Recovery” The 15th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017. This year’s event, titled “Roads to Recovery”, will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville, NJ. The Summit will feature welcoming remarks by Andrew Carey, Middlesex County Prosecutor who will also provide a “State of the County” presentation. Four workshops have been scheduled including a presentation on “Journey from Narcan to Recovery” a discussion covering the opioid epidemic. A panel discussion will also cover an exploration of the “Local Responses”. One of two afternoon workshops will feature a “Supporting Recovery” panel, and conclude with a workshop presentation of personal perspectives. The conference is designed for nurses, parents, coaches, health educators, municipal officials, emergency services, municipal alliances, treatment providers, prevention specialists, school administrators, student assistance counselors, and law enforcement professionals. Attendees can receive...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 14

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 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. Campus alcohol statistics shift under new policies In an open letter to student staff last week, Ralph Castro, director...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 6

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 6
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. Utah may lower the legal alcohol limit to .05% -- a first in the nation If a tough new...
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2016 Tree of Hope Event POSTPONED

2016 Tree of Hope Event POSTPONED
Regretfully, out of an abundance of caution, we have to postpone TONIGHT’S scheduled Tree of Hope event at the Raymond J. Lesniak, Experience Strength & Hope Recovery High School. This action became necessary as a result of today’s events in Elizabeth and on the Rutgers Douglas Campus. We plan on rescheduling the event for a later date. We will announce the new event date ASAP. Thank you for your understanding and support
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