Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Cost of Heroin Use in the U.S. Tops $51 Billion
The total cost of heroin use in the United States reached more than $51 billion in 2015, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Opioid Epidemic Drives Up Death Rate Among Americans Ages 25 to 44
The nation’s opioid epidemic is fueling a rise in the overall death rate among Americans ages 25 to 44, according to an analysis of government data by The Washington Post.
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Republican Proposed Medicaid Cuts Endanger Addiction Treatment: Experts
Cuts to Medicaid proposed by Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate jeopardize addiction treatment, NPR reports.

Fentanyl Sales Fueled by the Dark Web
The opioid crisis is being fueled by anonymous online sales on the dark web, where buyers purchase fentanyl and other drugs using special browsers and virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, The New York Times reports.
Attorney General Asks Congress to Roll Back Federal Medical Marijuana Protections
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked congressional leaders to roll back federal protections for medical marijuana.
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