Thursday, July 27, 2017

Top Drug & Alcohol News of the Week
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Opioid Misuse on the Rise Among Older Americans: Report
Misuse of opioids, including heroin and prescription painkillers, has risen among adults 50 and older, according to a new government report. Rates of opioid misuse have decreased among young adults.
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Almost 44 Million Americans Had Mental Illness in the Past Year
Almost 44 million American adults—18 percent—had some type of mental illness in the past year, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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Prosecutors Try to Fight Opioids with Homicide-Related Charges Against Drug Dealers
Some prosecutors are trying to fight the opioid epidemic with homicide-related charges against drug dealers in cases involving overdoses, The New York Times reports.

Medically Supervised Opioid Withdrawal an Option for Pregnant Women, Doctors Say
While medication-assisted treatment is the recommended therapy for pregnant women addicted to opioids, medically supervised withdrawal is an option if a woman does not accept treatment, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said this week.
Poison Control Center Calls Involving Dietary Supplements on the Rise
Calls to poison control centers regarding dietary supplements increased by almost 50 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to a new study. A majority of the calls involved children 6 years old and under.
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