Friday, August 11, 2017

Top Drug & Alcohol News of the Week
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Trump Declines to Declare National Emergency to Fight Opioid Epidemic
President Trump this week promised to win the fight against the opioid epidemic, but declined to act on a recommendation to declare a national emergency. He offered no new recommendations, Reuters reports.
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Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Climb: CDC
The rate of drug overdose deaths continues to increase in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Some States Place Limits on Painkiller Prescribing
At least 17 states have passed laws limiting painkiller prescribing, The Washington Post reports. Some states have enacted measures that limit opioid prescriptions to five or seven days, while others have passed dosage limits.

Using 12-Step Program Improves Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Teens: Study
Using a 12-step strategy, similar to the one used by Alcoholics Anonymous, improves the effectiveness of substance use disorder treatment in teens, a new study finds.
Survey Finds Many Doctors Underprescribing Buprenorphine
Doctors are underprescribing the opioid addiction medicine buprenorphine, according to a new survey of addiction specialists.
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