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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 30, 2018

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Opioid epidemic: New Jersey sues Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over deceptive marketing New Jersey targeted one of the state's most important industries Tuesday, filing suit against a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson for its role in fueling an accelerating opioid crisis that has claimed more than 2,600 lives in the state this year. Learn More   A ruling is imminent on the legality of a controversial drug that's used to treat addiction — but some have called it a 'dangerous opioid' A final decision on the legality of a controversial drug is expected imminently from the US government. Learn More   Facebook, Google and Twitter Formed Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis The coalition will be led by the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies Learn More   Learning ways to tackle addiction Denmark can show us how to help drug users, says Helen Keats Learn More   Rethinking How...
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NOV
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 16, 2018

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Please note that our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish on Friday, November 23rd. On behalf of everyone at Wellspring Center for Prevention, here's wishing each of you a great Thanksgiving. May you and your family and your friends enjoy a wonderful day.   Parents Are Cutting Off Their Opioid-Addicted Kids — and It's the Toughest Decision of Their Lives Kim Humphrey was sitting in a sea of chairs, surrounded by about 40 people he had never met, when the Phoenix police officer finally realized what a train wreck his life was. Learn More   Trump's Policies Are Increasing Teen Stress and Eroding Mental Health For young people across the country, fear of gun violence and stress over racist policies are increasing stress and eroding mental health. Learn More   Chronic pot use may have serious effects on the brain, experts say More research needs to be...
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NOV
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 9, 2018

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Fentanyl-Laced Crack Cocaine a Deadly New Threat Fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid, is now showing up in crack cocaine and causing life-threatening overdoses Learn More   A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster When he was police chief of Stanwood, Wash., population 7,000, Ty Trenary thought rural communities like his were immune from the opioid crisis. Learn More   Opioid Antidote Can Save Lives, But Deciding When To Use It Can Be Challenging On a 90-degree afternoon in July, under the shade of a tree in Philadelphia's McPherson Square Park, I watched a couple sit down, prepare syringes and inject drugs. Learn More   Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront There are many reasons why the opioid crisis is so hard to confront. One of them is social stigma. It often extends beyond users themselves, to...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 19, 2018

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Beyond the Stigma: Vermont woman in her 70s fighting opioid addiction Jeannie Leavitt says breaking her addiction to prescription painkillers is the hardest thing she's ever had to do. Learn More   Insurance inequalities must end for mental illness, substance use For the past seven years, Rachel S. has been investing inordinate amounts of energy and money in her efforts to receive treatment for her son Michael, who has a severe mental illness and substance use disorder. Learn More   Three ways to avoid substance abuse and still keep up at work From corporate duties to entertainment, many hard workers have a difficult time keeping up with their lifestyle and the expectations placed on them. Many turn to drug abuse or risky alternatives that often end in addiction, or even death. Learn More   Using Facebook to predict depression New research uses over half a million Facebook status updates to...
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Overdose Awareness Day 2018 in South Amboy

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By Jenna Lynn Bonstein, Preventionist I In 2018, the number of people dying of an accidental overdose are rising at a rapid rate. In the United States, we lose 174 people a day to an accidental overdose. That is 174 daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, grandsons, granddaughters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends that we have to find a way to mourn and live without every day. This is killing more people than AIDS/HIV epidemic outbreak in the 80’s. “Just say no” didn’t work. The stigma has kept people stuck, sick and not asking for help. We want change, but not just one person can do anything when it comes to a monster this big. We need to come together and fight this battle like an army going to war. On August 30th, South Amboy put on a FEDUP rally and Overdose Awareness event at the South Amboy Middle School...
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JUN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 29, 2018

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Please note: We will not be publishing our Weekly News & Policy Update on Friday, July 6th. Thank you! More, Better Research Needed on Marijuana’s Effects on Teens and Young Adults A recent retrospective review published in JAMA Psychiatry demonstrates how little we know about the effects of marijuana use, particularly on teenagers and young adults. Learn More   A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids Principal Mary Ann Hale dreads weekends. By the time Fridays roll around, 74-year-old Hale, a principal at West Elementary School in McArthur, Ohio, is overcome with worry, wondering whether her students will survive the couple of days away from school. Learn More   Facebook to redirect users searching for opioids to federal crisis help line Facebook users attempting to purchase opioids or seeking out addiction treatment will be instead be redirected to information about a federal crisis help line, the company...
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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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Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety

Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety
Jon Burgwin wants you to know that if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or any mental health issue, please ask for help: You deserve it. Burgwin, from Minding Your Mind, was recently invited to Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways program. Minding Your Mind works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, and to get the word out that mental health disorders are treatable and treatment is available. This is a message that is especially important to deliver in middle and high schools, since suicide is the second leading cause of death in people age 14 to 23, and the onset of most psychiatric disorders occurs in adolescence. One in four teens experiences some sort of mental health issue, yet less than 20% receive treatment. Burgwin shared that he struggled with anxiety for many years before receiving the help that eventually saved his life...
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Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness

Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor As dozens of names, including Lady Gaga, Robin Williams, and Marilyn Monroe, scrolled down the screen, several hundred students over two days at Carteret Middle School and Carteret High School were challenged to guess what these people all had in common. Some guessed, “They’re all famous,” “They’re rich,” and Tricia Baker, founder of Attitudes in Reverse (AIR), nodded yes; they are all talented, productive members of society, and all have mental illness. In the past 6 years, AIR has educated more than 60,000 students in New Jersey, New York, Missouri, and Vermont about reversing the stigma surrounding mental illness. The presentation sparked questions and conversation in the classrooms, and the AIR therapy dogs, Mischa and Goober, were a calming and joyful influence. Tricia Baker’s visit to students at CMS and CHS were made possible by a grant through Middlesex County...
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JUL
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 15

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 15
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. Activation of D2 neurons may help decrease alcohol consumption, research shows By activating particular neurons, we may be able...
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