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Nonopioid drug approved by FDA for opioid withdrawal symptoms
Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved opioids, mostly fentanyl, heroin and prescription painkillers. more

San Francisco will bring anti-addiction medication to the streets
San Francisco will begin supplying anti-addiction medication to long-term drug users and homeless people on city streets, an attempt to overcome a formidable obstacle to treatment that has complicated efforts to address the opioid crisis. more

Congressional Bill Would Add 1,000 Doctors To Fight Opioid Addiction
A bipartisan health bill in Congress is using the opioid crisis as a way to pay for doctor training and medical residency slots, an area of federal funding that hasn’t expanded in two decades. The Opioid Workforce Act would create 1,000 new "Medicare-supported" medical residency positions , training “new doctors in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry or pain management,” U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said. The legislation also has backing from Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, U.S. House Reps. Joseph Crowley, a New York Democrat, and Rep. Ryan Costello, a Pennsylvania Republican. more

5 Ways Fitness Helped Me Recover From Addiction
On June 30, 2000, I was 29 years old and found myself mentally, physically, and spiritually bankrupt; devoid of all emotion, lost, and terrified of myself. I had stuffed every feeling I had down into the depths of my core while trying to look like I had it all together. Those around me knew that I didn’t, but I was in a state of denial until one day I hit my ultimate rock bottom. more
Former Silicon Valley tech executives team up to fight tech addiction
Young people obsessed with their smart phones and other hi-tech devices are a sign of the times across the country. When asked, some local kids admit they are hooked on their phones and social media apps. more

Sen. McConnell introduces bill to help addicts get clean, keep job
Senator Mitch McConnell has introduced his own legislation aimed at helping in the opioid fight. His bill called the “CAREER Act” would set up a state-based pilot program in which local businesses and treatment groups will work together to help those in recovery to find and maintain employment. It would also give states more flexibility to spend federal career services funds to help those transitioning from treatment to the workforce. Senator McConnell cited a study that shows the opioid crisis led to a roughly 25-percent drop in workforce participation. more

Is addiction a disease? New poll shows what most Kentucky residents think
Addiction is a disease. That's what 70 percent of adult Kentuckians say about addiction, a newly released Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows. That view doesn't vary between those who have someone in their family or a friend with addiction and those who don't. more

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