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NOV
27

Cost of Opioid Crisis Estimated at $504 Billion by the Council of Economic Advisers

Cost of Opioid Crisis Estimated at $504 Billion by the Council of Economic Advisers
The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) recently announced that the opioid drug problem has reached crisis levels in the United States—in 2015, over 33...
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NOV
24

Separating Side Effects Could Hold Key for Safer Opioids

Separating Side Effects Could Hold Key for Safer Opioids
NIH-funded scientists may have revealed brain functions in pre-clinical research that widen the safety margin for opioid pain relief without overdose ...
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NOV
22

Some Experts Question Opioid Commission’s Marijuana Warning

Some Experts Question Opioid Commission’s Marijuana Warning
The chair of President Trump’s Opioid Commission warned about the dangers of marijuana, in a letter accompanying the release of the commission’s final...
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NOV
21

Veterans Especially Hard Hit by Opioid Epidemic

Veterans Especially Hard Hit by Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic has taken an especially heavy toll on U.S. veterans, Reuters reports.Veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to die from acci...
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NOV
21

FDA Issues Advisory About Deadly Risks Associated With Herb Kratom

FDA Issues Advisory About Deadly Risks Associated With Herb Kratom
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to avoid using the herb kratom, citing 36 known deaths associated with products containing th...
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NOV
19

Long-Acting and Daily Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction Found Equally Effective

Long-Acting and Daily Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction Found Equally Effective
A new study finds a long-acting medication and a short-term drug that must be taken daily are equally effective in treating opioid addiction.Researche...
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NOV
19

DEA Rule Allows Criminal Prosecution for Fentanyl Trafficking

DEA Rule Allows Criminal Prosecution for Fentanyl Trafficking
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will classify illicit versions of fentanyl at the same level as heroin, Reuters reports.The action will make...
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NOV
16

Teens Dependent on Marijuana and Alcohol Struggle with Success Later in Life

Teens Dependent on Marijuana and Alcohol Struggle with Success Later in Life
Teens who are dependent on marijuana and alcohol struggle to achieve hallmarks of adult success, such as graduating from college, getting married, hav...
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NOV
16

Teens Dependent on Marijuana and Alcohol Struggle with Success Later in Life

Teens Dependent on Marijuana and Alcohol Struggle with Success Later in Life
Teens who are dependent on marijuana and alcohol struggle to achieve hallmarks of adult success, such as graduating from college, getting married, hav...
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NOV
15

Millions of Dollars Needed for Trump’s Anti-Opioid Ad Campaign, Advocates Say

Millions of Dollars Needed for Trump’s Anti-Opioid Ad Campaign, Advocates Say
The anti-drug ad campaign advocated by President Trump’s opioid commission will need millions of dollars in funding, advocates tell The Hill.It is not...
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NOV
15

Millions of Dollars Needed for Trump’s Anti-Opioid Ad Campaign, Advocates Say

Millions of Dollars Needed for Trump’s Anti-Opioid Ad Campaign, Advocates Say
The anti-drug ad campaign advocated by President Trump’s opioid commission will need millions of dollars in funding, advocates tell The Hill.It is not...
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NOV
10

Teens Bring Juul E-Cigarette Device, Which Looks Like USB Flash Drive, to School

Teens Bring Juul E-Cigarette Device, Which Looks Like USB Flash Drive, to School
School officials report a growing number of teens are bringing a new e-cigarette device called a Juul vaporizer to school.The device looks like a USB ...
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NOV
10

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator: Pointing the Way to Quality Care

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator: Pointing the Way to Quality Care
 Source: Blog by George F. Koob, PhD. NIAAA DirectorWelcome to my first-ever NIAAA Director’s Blog. I look forward to using this space to discuss sign...
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NOV
10

DEA Collects Record Number Of Unused Pills As Part Of Its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day

DEA Collects Record Number Of Unused Pills As Part Of Its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The public returns record number of potentially dangerous prescription drugsAmericans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringin...
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NOV
10

NIDA Launches Two Adolescent Substance Use Screening Tools

NIDA Launches Two Adolescent Substance Use Screening Tools
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched two evidenced-based online screening tools that providers can use to assess substance use dis...
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NOV
09

Patients Treated with Naloxone Continue to be at High Risk of Overdose: Study

Patients Treated with Naloxone Continue to be at High Risk of Overdose: Study
A new study finds 10 percent of people saved by the opioid overdose antidote naloxone die within a year of treatment.“Patients who survive opioid over...
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NOV
08

New Rule Allows Health Providers to Share Information about Overdose with Family

New Rule Allows Health Providers to Share Information about Overdose with Family
Under a new federal rule, health providers will be allowed to share information about a drug overdose with family members if the patient is in crisis ...
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NOV
07

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities
Blog by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)The brain adapts and responds to the environments and conditions in which a ...
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NOV
07

Drug Use Disorder vs. Drug Misuse - What is the Difference?

Drug Use Disorder vs. Drug Misuse - What is the Difference?
In 2016, approximately 2.1 million Americans over the age of 11 suffered from addiction to opioids such as the prescription pain medications OxyContin...
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NOV
06

In Ontario, Individuals with Alcoholic Liver Disease Will Not Have to Wait Six Months for Liver Transplants

In Ontario, Individuals with Alcoholic Liver Disease Will Not Have to Wait Six Months for Liver Transplants
Ethical principles stand behind healthcare providers who withhold medical treatments that are “futile or pointless.” But withholding treatment can be ...
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