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Democrats Took the House. Here’s What It Means for Health and Medicine
STAT NEWS (11/06) – Democrats rode a wave of health care messaging into a majority of the House of Representatives, projections showed Tuesday, propelled by vows to protect Americans with pre-existing health conditions and dramatically lower prescription drug costs. Read more
Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller
NPR (11/02) – The Food and Drug Administration has approved a potent new opioid painkiller, despite warnings from physician critics who say the drug will contribute to the addiction epidemic. Read more
3 States Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Or Medical Use
HUFFINGTON POST (11/07) – [...] Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States. And the trend of states bucking prohibition in favor of legal regulation of the plant reflects a broad cultural shift toward greater acceptance of legal marijuana that has continued to grow in recent years. Read more
How Technology Fails Us in The Battle Against Opioid Addiction
FORBES (11/06) – [...] The proliferation of prescription medication (not to mention synthetic opioids and heroin) on the Internet and particularly the Dark Web has made it relatively easy for addicts, dealers, and children to get their hands on opioid painkillers. Read more
Methamphetamine Roils Rural Towns Again Across the U.S.
NPR (10/25) – [...] No longer chiefly made by "cooks" in makeshift labs in the U.S., methamphetamine is now the domain of Mexican drug cartels that are mass-producing high-quality quantities of the drug and pushing it into markets where it was previously unknown. Read more
AP Analysis: ‘Obamacare’ Shapes Opioid Grant Spending
AP NEWS (10/22) – With Republicans and Democrats joining forces again in a bipartisan effort to target the U.S. opioid crisis, an Associated Press analysis of the first wave of emergency money from Congress finds that states are taking very different approaches to spending it. Read more
Support at Home, in Community May Protect Against Emotional Distress, Substance Use in Transgender Youth
PSYCHIATRIC NEWS (10/24) – Transgender and gender-diverse youth who feel close with their parents are less likely to experience emotional distress and engage in substance use compared with those reporting less connected relationships with parents, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read more
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New Studies on Student Alcohol Use Can Inform Interventions to Reduce Blackouts
SCIENCE DAILY (11/02) – College students who drink alcohol don't typically intend to drink to the point that they "black out," and they also don't fully grasp what specific drinking behaviors present the greatest risk of blackouts, a new series of studies finds. Read more Further Reading:
A Rural Community Decided to Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster
NPR (10/28) – [...] Last year, leaders declared the opioid epidemic a life-threatening emergency. The county is now responding to the drug crisis as if it were a natural disaster, the same way it would mobilize to respond to a landslide or flu pandemic. Read more
Young People’s Memories Improved When They Stopped Using Marijuana
SCIENCE NEWS (10/30) – Taking a monthlong break from pot helps clear away young people’s memory fog, a small study suggests. The results show that not only does marijuana impair teenagers’ and young adults’ abilities to take in information, but that this memory muddling may be reversible. Read more
Every U.S. Public Library and YMCA Will Soon Get Narcan for Free
TIME (10/25) – Every public library and YMCA in the U.S. may soon be equipped with Narcan, in an effort to combat drug-related deaths by expanding access to the opioid-overdose-reversing naloxone nasal spray. Read more
Do People With Severe Gambling-Related Problems Recover on Their Own?
BASIS (11/06) - [...] For people with gambling-related problems, it is important to recognize that self-directed change is real, and even people with the most gambling-related problems might be capable of self-change. Read more
Teen Vapers Smoke Just as Much as Youth Who Don't Use E-cigarettes
BUSINESS INSIDER (11/05) - E-cigarettes aren't likely to keep kids away from traditional cigarettes, a U.S. study suggests. Instead, researchers found, adolescents who experimented with e-cigarettes ended up smoking traditional cigarettes just as much as teens who never tried vaping. Read more
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