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Many-State-Allow-Involuntary-Committment-for-Addiction-TreatFEATURED NEWS: Many States Allow Involuntary Commitment for Addiction Treatment
After receiving a number of calls from parents of young adults who are addicted to drugs, asking whether they can force their child into treatment against their will, the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws found it is possible to do so in 37 states—if strict guidelines are met. Learn more »
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Canada Will Allow Doctors to Prescribe Pharmaceutical-Grade Heroin
Canadian doctors will now be able to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to treat severe addiction that has not responded to more conventional treatment, The Washington Post reports. Learn more »
Most Patients Taking Opioid Painkillers Willing to Get Naloxone, Too
Most patients taking opioid painkillers are willing to fill a prescription for the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, a new small study suggests. Prescribing naloxone to patients taking opioid painkillers is increasingly recommended by medical guidelines, HealthDay reports. Learn more »
Insurers Urged to Ensure Parity on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment
Health insurance companies should do more to ensure parity for substance abuse and mental health treatment, members of a congressional subcommittee said at a recent hearing. Learn more »
DEA’s Decision to Make Kratom Schedule I Drug Faces Some Resistance
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision earlier this month to make kratom a Schedule I drug is facing resistance from advocates who say they use the drug to cope with a variety of medical issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism and fibromyalgia. Learn more »
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Other Headlines of Interest

Boy In Shocking Ohio 'Heroin' Picture Heading To New Home (NBC News)
Broadcasters Announce Campaign to Address Nationwide Opioid Epidemic (National Association of Broadcasters)
Blog: CRAFT for Parents of Kids with Substance Problems- Part I: A New Online Science-Based Program (
Congress Must Preserve Program That Has Helped Nearly A Half-Million Americans Quit Smoking (Forbes)e
Drug addiction: There is help (CNN)
As More States Consider Legalizing, Questions About Pot And The Brain (NPR)
In secretive marijuana industry, whispers of abuse and trafficking (The Center for Investigative Reporting)
Staying Busy: Work as a Replacement for Addiction (U.S. News & World Report)
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