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Medical-Community-Needs-Better-Understanding-of-Power-of-AlcFEATURED NEWS: Medical Community Needs Better Understanding of Power of AA: Expert
Many doctors, even those who specialize in addiction treatment, do not have a good understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its benefits for people struggling to give up drinking, says Marc Galanter, M.D., Founding Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at NYU Langone Medical Center. Learn more »
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Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Hurt Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis: Botticelli
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would roll back any progress made against combating the nation’s opioid crisis, according to Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama.Learn more »
Two Major Drug Wholesalers Agree to Pay Millions to Settle Opioid-Related Claims
Two major drug wholesalers recently agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle claims they failed to report suspicious orders for opioid painkillers to the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to NPR. Learn more »
Some Cases of Sudden-Onset Amnesia May be Linked With Opioid Use
Officials in Massachusetts report a cluster of 14 patients who experienced sudden-onset amnesia, which they suspect was caused by opioids. Thirteen of the patients reported current or past substance abuse, and 12 said they used opioids. Learn more »
Weakening FDA’s Authority Over Tobacco Could Impact Use, Advocates Say
Weakening the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority over tobacco could have an adverse impact on tobacco use, according to advocacy groups. Learn more »
Seattle Approves Nation’s First Safe-Injection Sites for People Using Heroin
Seattle has approved the nation’s first two safe-injection sites for people using heroin and other illegal drugs, The Washington Post reports. City officials said the sites are a drastic but necessary response to the opioid epidemic. Learn more »
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Other Headlines of Interest

New Survey Finds That Flawed Perceptions Are Making Our Drug Crisis Worse (Forbes)
CDC Develops App to Guide Opioid Prescribing (MedPage Today)
Ohio coroner's office running out of room because of overdose deaths (CNN)
Blog: Drug addiction, a full 360. (Hannah Brown)
Blog: My 2017 Wish List for Substance Use Disorder Treatment (Part II) (
Blog: Growing Research Interest in Non 12-Step Support Groups – Slow But Sure (
Medical marijuana supporters use Super Bowl as platform (WPRC Houston)
When kids with mental illness can’t live at home (Washington Post)
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