Friday, September 15, 2017

Top Drug & Alcohol News of the Week
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Fatal Heroin Overdoses Have Risen Fivefold Since 2002
Fatal heroin overdoses have risen fivefold from 2002 to 2016, according to a new government report. Last year, an estimated 13,219 Americans died of a heroin overdose.
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Addiction Issues Magnified During Hurricanes
Authorities planning for natural disasters such as hurricanes must prepare for its effect on people struggling with drugs or alcohol, experts tell the Associated Press. The stress of hurricanes leads to an increased danger of relapse and overdose.
K2 spice
Many Teens Who Try K2 May be Using the Drug Regularly, Study Suggests
Three percent of high school seniors say they use the synthetic drug known as “K2” or “Spice,” a new study finds. Almost half of the teens who report K2 use say they have used it more than three times in the past month, UPI reports.

Senators Ask Trump to Formally Declare the Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency
Ten Democratic senators sent President Trump a letter this week asking him to formally declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.
Suicide Attempts by Young Adults on the Rise
Suicide attempts by young adults, particularly those with mental illness and less education, are increasing, a new study concludes.
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