Sunday, April 15, 2018

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More Than Half of Americans View Addiction as Disease: Survey
A new survey finds 53 percent of Americans view addiction as a disease, the Associated Press reports. Fewer than 20 percent are willing to closely associate with someone with a drug addiction, according to the survey. Read More
Deaths Involving Heroin and Fentanyl Spike as Prescription Opioid Deaths Decline
Overdose deaths involving heroin and fentanyl are spiking, while deaths due to prescription opioids are declining, new research concludes. Read More
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Large Employers Spent $2.6 Billion to Treat Opioid Addiction in 2016
Large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction in 2016, according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. More than half of that amount was spent on treating employees’ children, USA Today reports. Read More
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Substance Use, Suicides and Diabetes Reduce Life Expectancy in Nearly Half of U.S.
Substance use disorders, suicides and diabetes are driving a rise in premature deaths in almost half of the United States, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read More
FDA Will Crack Down on Companies Marketing Vaping Products to Children
The Food and Drug Administration will be taking enforcement actions to target companies that are marketing vaping products in ways that are deliberately appealing to children, the agency’s commissioner told CNN. Read More
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