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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...
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DEC
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What You Need to Know and How to Talk to Your Kids about Vaping

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By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or “vapes”, has exploded over the past several years. Introduced into the US marketplace over a decade ago, the use of these devices has skyrocketed, particularly among youth. Vaping, according to a Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids, is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol or vapor from an e-cigarette device. The term “vaping” comes from this vapor that is released, different from the smoke emitted from a traditional cigarette. These devices consist of four main parts: a cartridge to hold the e-liquid, a heating element known as an atomizer, a battery, and a mouthpiece to inhale (Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids). Vaping was originally intended as a less harmful option for adult smokers; however, the craze has quickly been adopted by youth across the country for a variety of reasons. Boredom, curiosity and the urge to experiment,...
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JUN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 15, 2018

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Potential new treatment for drug addiction relapse revealed Research published in Addiction Biology by scientists at the University of Bath reveals a new potential mechanism for combatting drug addiction relapse. Learn More   NIH spells out $500 million plan to improve addiction treatment and pain management The National Institutes of Health, thanks to Congress, will soon have an extra $500 million to spend each year on research into opioids and pain treatment. And on Tuesday, the research agency published a scie Learn More   How Teenage Vaping Puts Structure in Place for Heroin and Cocaine Addiction The rapid adoption of e-cigarettes has been driven, at least in part, by a huge jump in the potency of e-liquids. Learn More   How can patients be protected from post-surgery opioid addiction? Greater coordination is needed between surgeons and physicians about the prescription of pain-relieving opioid drugs following surgery to help identify patients...
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JAN
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Please Look Through the Smoke Screen

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Are you a parent? Here’s a question for you -- If I used the term vaping, would you know what I was talking about? Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease. Vaping has grown in popularity with the rise of e-cigarettes, which were introduced to the mass market in the U.S. in 2007. Vaping devices include not just e-cigarettes, but also vape pens and advanced personal vaporizers (also known as ‘MODS’). E-cigarettes, which resemble smoked cigarettes, and vape pens, which resemble large fountain pens,...
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NOV
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 10

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 10
In recognition of Veteran's Day tomorrow, Friday, November 11th, this week's News & Policy Update is being provided to you a day early. Thank you. 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...
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MAR
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E-Cigarettes and Marijuana…What’s the Connection?

E-Cigarettes and Marijuana…What’s the Connection?
As the age of e-cigarettes continues on, so does its complexity and types of uses. A recent study by Yale University showed a growing trend with teens using e-cigarettes or vaporizers that looks like e-cigarettes to smoke marijuana from. The study showed that out of almost 4,000 Connecticut high school students surveyed, 28% used e-cigarettes. Out of those users, 18% have also used the devices to smoke marijuana. It’s becoming an increasingly popular method because it is discrete, offers a sense of security, and cannot be easily detected, often lacking that strong marijuana smell many are familiar with. Ultimately, what this means is that now this way of smoking marijuana has enabled kids to use pot that's less detectable so their fear of getting caught is decreased. And when you remove that fear of getting punished, kids are going to experiment more which is exactly what is happening.   But...
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OCT
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Youth Smoking Trends

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By Anita Thomas, Wellspring Intern Kids nowadays have found a new trendy thing to do. Cigarettes? No, those aren’t cool anymore. In fact, they’re actually looked down upon. So now they turn to electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. This mixture of chemicals and nicotine is called “e-liquid” or “e-juice.” The main components of an e-cigarette are the battery, the cartridge with the liquid, the atomizer and the sensor. E-cigarettes work by heating up the e-liquid to its boiling point, via the atomizer, so that the liquid becomes vapor you can inhale. This is why people usually calling smoking an e-cigarette “vaping.” Adolescents think that these new products are a safe alternative to cigarettes and cigars. However, in reality this is not the case at all. Tobacco companies market and sell e-cigarettes to a younger audience and they are...
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JUL
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Copy of Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 31

Copy of Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 31
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to NCADD by a variety of sources. NCADD 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 NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. 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 NCADD 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 click the SAFE UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of this email. Booze around the world The world may be getting warmer, but it is not getting much...
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