Monday, May 14, 2018

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FEATURED NEWS: Number of Inmates With Meth Addiction Jumps in Rural Jails
The proportion of inmates in jails with a moderate to severe stimulant use disorder—including addiction to methamphetamine — has surged in recent years, a study presented at the recent American Society of Addiction Medicine annual meeting suggests. Read More
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States See Rise in “Deaths of Despair” and Gaps in Mental Health Care
Deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drug — known as “deaths of despair” — rose in all states from 2005 to 2016, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Fund. Read More
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In Era of Opioid Crisis, Congress Reassesses Crack Cocaine Sentencing Laws
As the federal government focuses on combating the opioid crisis, a bipartisan effort to revise sentencing guidelines set during the 1980s crack cocaine era faces an uncertain future, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read More
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Study Can’t Answer Whether Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Cut Opioid Use
A review of studies of prescription drug monitoring programs found no consensus on how effective they are in reducing opioid use, CNN reports. Read More
Drug Use by U.S. Workforce Remains at Highest Rate in More Than a Decade
Drug use by the U.S. workforce remains at its highest rate in more than a decade, driven by increases in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, according to a new study. Read More
Colleges See Relatively Few Cases of Opioid Misuse
The opioid epidemic is largely bypassing U.S. colleges, according to Inside Higher Ed. Read More
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