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FDA Calls on Online Companies to Police Opioid Sales

FDA Calls on Online Companies to Police Opioid Sales
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week called on Internet service providers and social media companies to more caref...
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APR
08

FDA to Host Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Opioid Use Disorder

FDA to Host Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Opioid Use Disorder
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a public meeting April 17 on patient-focused drug development for opioid use disorder (OUD), in colla...
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08

Schools Confront Sudden Increase in Easily Concealed Vaping Devices

Schools Confront Sudden Increase in Easily Concealed Vaping Devices
Middle schools and high schools are struggling to cope with a sudden increase in students using easily concealed vaping devices called Juul, which res...
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08

Nerve Pain Medication Gabapentin Linked With Increasing Overdose Deaths

Nerve Pain Medication Gabapentin Linked With Increasing Overdose Deaths
Public health officials say the nerve pain medication gabapentin is being found in an increasing number of overdose deaths, according to CBS News. Gab...
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08

More Americans Should Carry Naloxone: Surgeon General

More Americans Should Carry Naloxone: Surgeon General
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams released a public health advisory Thursday urging more Americans to carry the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, NPR...
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08

NIH Announces the HEAL Initiative

NIH Announces the HEAL Initiative
In April 2018, NIH launched the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions...
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APR
05

Opioid Overdoses Clustered in Poor Areas With Few Job Opportunities

Opioid Overdoses Clustered in Poor Areas With Few Job Opportunities
Opioid overdoses are clustered in poor areas with few job opportunities, according to a new study. Researchers found the opioid overdose death rate va...
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APR
04

National Prevention Week is May 13 – 19, 2018

National Prevention Week is May 13 – 19, 2018
National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental hea...
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APR
04

Large Percentage of Deaths by Drug Overdose May be Suicides

Large Percentage of Deaths by Drug Overdose May be Suicides
Between 25 and 45 percent of deaths by overdose may be suicides, according to the immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr...
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03

Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl Causing Growing Number of Deaths

Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl Causing Growing Number of Deaths
A growing number of drug overdose deaths are due to cocaine laced with fentanyl, NPR reports. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ...
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MAR
13

Cocaine Deaths on the Rise Among Black Americans

Cocaine Deaths on the Rise Among Black Americans
Cocaine deaths are increasing, particularly among non-Hispanic black Americans, The New York Times reports. Cocaine, the number-two killer among illeg...
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MAR
12

Growing Number of Children End Up in ICU After Overdosing on Opioids

Growing Number of Children End Up in ICU After Overdosing on Opioids
A new study finds a significant and steady increase in the number of children in the United States who are admitted to pediatric intensive care units ...
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MAR
12

ERs Report Opioid Overdoses Jumped 30 Percent in One Year

ERs Report Opioid Overdoses Jumped 30 Percent in One Year
Hospital emergency rooms reported a 30 percent jump in opioid overdoses between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017, according to ...
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MAR
11

What Influences Transition from Prescription Opioid Misuse to Injection Drug Use?

What Influences Transition from Prescription Opioid Misuse to Injection Drug Use?
A new study finds there are no significant differences between young adults who misuse prescription opioids and those who inject heroin, except for th...
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MAR
10

Americans Urged to Dispose of Unused Rx This Weekend

Americans Urged to Dispose of Unused Rx This Weekend
With 174 Americans dying every day from drug overdoses, Addiction Policy Forum is urging everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets when they turn ...
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MAR
08

Deaths From Benzodiazepine Overdoses on the Rise

Deaths From Benzodiazepine Overdoses on the Rise
Deaths from overdoses of prescription sedatives known as benzodiazepines—including Xanax and Valium—are on the rise, according to a report in the New ...
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MAR
08

Creating Healthy Habits

Creating Healthy Habits
We know that making healthy choices can help us feel better and live longer. Maybe you’ve already tried to eat better, get more exercise or sleep, qui...
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MAR
07

White House Opioid Summit to Highlight Efforts to Fight Nationwide Epidemic

White House Opioid Summit to Highlight Efforts to Fight Nationwide Epidemic
The White House is scheduled to convene a summit on the nation’s opioid epidemic Thursday afternoon, the Washington Examiner reports. The summit will ...
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MAR
07

Justice Department to Examine Role of Drug Makers and Distributors in Opioid Crisis

Justice Department to Examine Role of Drug Makers and Distributors in Opioid Crisis
A new Justice Department task force will examine the role of drug manufacturers and distributors in the opioid crisis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ...
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MAR
05

FDA to Allow Drug Companies to Sell Wider Range of Opioid Addiction Treatments

FDA to Allow Drug Companies to Sell Wider Range of Opioid Addiction Treatments
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow drug companies to sell medications that reduce opioid cravings, even if they do not fully stop addic...
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