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Legislators-Use-Variety-of-Approaches-in-2016-to-Combat-New-FEATURED NEWS: Legislators Use Variety of Approaches in 2016 to Combat New Synthetic Drugs
In the past year, federal and state policymakers have taken a number of steps to combat synthetic drugs, also known as “novel psychoactive substances,” according to Jonathan Woodruff, Senior Legislative Attorney at the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws. Learn more »
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Heroin Tops the List of Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Overdose Deaths
Heroin was the drug most often involved in overdose deaths between 2010 and 2014, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other drugs commonly involved in overdoses included oxycodone, methadone, morphine, morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium). Learn more »
Deaths From Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Rose 72% in One Year
Drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids rose 72 percent from 2014 to 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Learn more »
Hospital Admissions For Opioid Overdoses Rose 64 Percent in Past Decade
Hospital admissions due to overdoses from heroin and other opioids increased 64 percent between 2005 and 2014, HealthDay reports. Learn more »
Pediatrics Group Discourages Use of E-Cigarettes in Teens
A new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics concludes the earlier teens start using any product with nicotine, including e-cigarettes, the stronger their addiction will be and the harder it will be for them to quit, HealthDay reports.Learn more »
App That Alerts Naloxone Carriers to Nearby Overdoses Wins FDA Contest
An app that alerts people carrying the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to someone nearby who has overdosed is the winner of a competition created by the Food and Drug Administration. Learn more »
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Other Headlines of Interest

‘What kind of a childhood is that?’ After losing their parents to overdoses, three children confront America's opioid epidemic (The Washington Post)
The Children of the Opioid Crisis (The Wall Street Journal)
'Drug Dealer, M.D.': Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic (NPR)
The Staggering Costs, Monetary and Otherwise, of Substance Abuse (U.S. News & World Report)
Brain, Mind, Body And The Disease Of Addiction (NPR)
A Fentanyl Addict Climbs Back (The Wall Street Journal)
Inside the DEA: A Chemist's Quest to Identify Mystery Drugs (Associated Press)
They Fought a Daughter’s Heroin Addiction and Their Insurer, at the Same Time (Money)
Editorial: The addiction, and the cure: The opioid epidemic hits New York (New York Daily News)
2017 South Florida Conference: Best Practices in Addiction Treatment-1/17/17
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