Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 8, 2019


Steep Climb in Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care Doctors The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015, according to a study published Friday. And about half those prescriptions came from primary care physicians.Learn More   One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be more Just under 1% of American teenagers are knowingly using the synthetic drug flakka, according to new research.Learn More   FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association says The American Lung Association gives a federal agency and individual state governments poor marks in a new report card evaluating tobacco prevention programs.Learn More   Parents worried about risks, but still think opioids are best for kids’ pain relief Headlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make...

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Don’t Let the Burden of Loss Drag Our Youth Down


The past few weeks have been rough for the Wellspring family. One of our staff lost her 36 year old son and at Carteret High School, and more specifically our Pathways program at the school, lost one of their students. This got me thinking about the power of loss to transform us and those around us. Everyone experiences it differently, and though there is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve, some ways of coping are more productive than others. The thing is, I don’t ever remember learning about how to handle loss until I lost my son 40 years ago. Which made me think about those we care for and educate every day. Our youth. When I look at these most important residents, I sometimes see a lot of pain, and I don’t think they know what to do with it. I worry they don’t have the time to even...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 11, 2018


At least 15 states are pushing for laws to tax opioids. Drugmakers are pushing back. Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to pay for it.Learn More   Worried About Risky Teenage Behavior? Make School Tougher Research shows a correlation between greater academic demands and a reduction in drinking, smoking and drug use.Learn More   The Pain Hustlers Selling drugs is a relationship business. It’s best to do it in person. That is why, on a summer evening in 2012, Alec Burlakoff was out for dinner with Steven Chun, the owner of Sarasota Pain Associates. Learn More   Longtime college drinking culture makes change difficult Each time Nate Kirkman works with college students to address alcohol-related problems, he thinks about the possible ramifications of their behavior.Learn More   Find...

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