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Liquor Makers Need to Sober Up to the Decline in Teenage Drinking. Big liquor is betting on the U.S. even as alcohol consumption among under-21s is plummeting
Move over millennials: Today’s smartphone-obsessed teens, Generation Z, are the consumers of the future. Worryingly for liquor producers, they’re shaping up to be an antisocial lot.
The U.S. has been a highly attractive market for most liquor companies. Overall alcohol consumption in the country grew 15% over the decade through 2015, even as it shrank in Germany, France and the U.K. Population growth was the primary driver, but generational effects also helped as American millennials, who are now in their 20s and 30s, binged on cocktails and craft beer in particular. more

All Massachusetts social work students will learn about drug addiction under new agreement
Until this year, social work students at Springfield College only learned about substance abuse if they took an elective course. Beginning this fall, all students are learning about drug addiction as part of their core curriculum. more

IU pledges $50 million to fight drug addiction
Indiana University committed Tuesday to invest $50 million to prevent and reduce drug addictions in the state. "Drug addiction is a major public health crisis," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "It's taking an increasingly severe toll on the health of far too many Hoosiers and it is devastating communities throughout Indiana." Indiana is one of four states where the fatal drug rate has more than quadrupled since 1999, he said. In 2014, more than 1,100 Hoosiers died from drug overdoses. more

New Addiction Intervention program empowers loved ones to help addicts
An addict's loved ones will now have the tools to help them recover thanks to a new program from Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services. The organization at 151 Marion Ave. recently launched a new Addiction Intervention Program, with the purpose of providing guidance and utilizing the love and influence of families to help those suffering from addiction. more

Some Experts See Opioid Addiction Stemming From Prescriptions As A Medical Error
On April 17, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery. The 68-year-old consulting firm president left the hospital with a prescription for Dilaudid, an opioid used to treat severe pain, and instructions to take two pills every four hours, as needed. Herzog took close to the full dose for about two weeks. more

Many businesses won’t hire former addicts. This restaurant welcomes them.
Rob and Diane Perez are the brains and leading energy behind one of Lexington’s most successful restaurant concepts, Saul Good. You’ll find their eateries anchoring a corner of The Square in downtown Lexington, on Alysheba Way in Hamburg Pavilion, and in Fayette Plaza, next to Fayette Mall. The couple also works behind the scenes for the community. That spirit now has a more public face in a new eatery on South Broadway called DV8 Kitchen. Tom Martin talked with Rob Perez about this unusual concept. more

Opioid epidemic in Kentucky is 'a public health catastrophe,' experts tell lawmakers
It wasn't until his second year of a residency in a prestigious anesthesiology program at Johns Hopkins University that Dr. Michael Sprintz's addiction caught up with him and he was kicked out of the program and into treatment. more

Latest federal research: opioid crisis in the US mostly fueled by painkillers
The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides the most recent estimated figures on the opioid crisis, which has been mostly fueled by prescriptions painkillers rather than heroin. Released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) last week, the NSDUH shows that almost 12 million people engaged in some kind of past-year opioid misuse in 2016 — of which more than 11 million misused a prescription opioid painkiller while slightly less than 950,000 people misused heroin. more

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