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Surgeon General Believes It's High Time To Think About Science-Driven Policy For Cannabis Research
FORBES (01/07) – At the close of 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams called on the federal government to rethink marijuana’s classification as it pertains to medical research. While the Surgeon General did not go so far as to condone legalization for recreational use, he did say that medically, marijuana should be studied, noting, “While I support local solutions to help solve our national public health challenges, they must be led by science driven policy. Read more
NIDA's Scientific Findings & Achievements of 2018
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (01/07) – […] Recent years have seen major advances in our understanding of receptor functioning. In March 2018, a team of researchers at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) reported in Nature Communications on an advance in our understanding of G protein-coupled receptors (GCPRs), a large family of receptors that play important roles in the brain’s response to drugs, among many other functions. Read more
How Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorder Are Criminalized
THE FIX (01/16) – Pregnant women in at least 45 states have faced criminal charges for abusing drugs while pregnant, stemming from the idea that they are doing harm to their unborn babies, according to a New York Times investigation. Read more
Judges and Lawyers Ignorant of MAT Require Urgent Education Efforts
FILTER MAG (01/07) – […] We need to fund programs that educate legal professionals about the science of addiction. It might sound strange to advocate teaching judges and other members of the bar about opioids and evidence-based care. But doing so could reduce the severe harms that members of this profession currently cause.Read more
Eating Disorder Prevention Could Become a Mandatory Part of Schools' Curriculum. Here's What That Program Might Look Like.
INSIDER (01/14) – Eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia, affect 30 million people in the United States, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Despite this prevalence, however, these illnesses are often misunderstood as lifestyle choices. Read more
Federal Program To Help Addiction Treatment Providers With Student Loans
THE FIX (01/16) – If you work in the substance use treatment field in an underserved area, you may be eligible for student loan aid, thanks to a new federal program. The program, according to MassLive, was launched Dec. 27 and will help health care clinicians repay up to $75,000 in student loans. Read more Further Reading:
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Opioids Fueled a Doubling of Suicides and Overdoses in the US
SCIENCE DAILY (01/07) – Suicides and drug overdoses kill American adults at twice the rate today as they did just 17 years ago, and opioids are a key contributor to that rise, according to a new review and analysis by a University of Michigan team. Read more Further Reading:
THE NEW YORKER (01/14) – A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no bombshells or surprises, which perhaps explains why it went largely unnoticed. It simply stated, over and over again, that a drug North Americans have become enthusiastic about remains a mystery. Read more
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As Teen Vaping Soars, Treatment for Nicotine Addiction Lags
PRESS HERALD (01/16) – The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine. Read more
Meth’s Resurgence Highlights Lack of Meds to Combat Addiction
ABC NEWS (01/14) – ...But unlike the opioid epidemic — for which medications exist to help combat addiction — medical providers have few such tools to help methamphetamine users survive and recover. A drug such as naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, does not exist for meth. And there are no drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration that can treat a meth addiction. Read more
Massachusetts Attorney General Implicates Family Behind Purdue Pharma In Opioid Deaths
NPR (01/16) – The Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma knew that its painkiller OxyContin was causing overdoses, yet continued to cash in as deaths mounted, the Massachusetts attorney general alleges in court documents filed Tuesday. In a new 274-page memorandum, Attorney General Maura Healey details a chain of command that she alleges implicates eight Sackler family members, as well as nine Purdue board members or executives, in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic. Read more
Medical Cannabis In Schools Under Consideration In Proposed New York Bill
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES (01/08) – Two new bills in New York are set to further the cannabis legalization campaign. One of these bills reportedly seeks to allow the administration of medical cannabis in schools, while the other seeks to allow patients to smoke pot. Both of these activities are currently illegal in the state. Read more
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