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Cocaine Back in a Big Way, DEA Warns, with Rising Overdose Deaths
Cocaine use in the United States has "rebounded" buoyed by a boost in supply, and the increasing prevalence of potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl mixed into the product is "accelerating cocaine involved overdose deaths," the Drug Enforcement Administration said in the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment released today. more

Michigan Eyed as Bellwether for Legal Pot in Midwest
Michigan is aiming to build a potentially lucrative industry from the ground up with passage of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. It could do more by serving as a model for the rest of the Midwest — and possibly beyond. Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana, with voters Tuesday passing a ballot measure that will allow people 21 or older to buy and use the drug. Including Michigan, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana; North Dakota voters decided this week that recreational pot wasn't for them. more

FDA approves powerful opioid despite fears of more overdose deaths
The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful opioid Friday for use in health-care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its advisers that the drug would inevitably be diverted to illicit use and cause more overdose deaths. The opioid is five to 10 times more potent than pharmaceutical fentanyl. A tiny pill that is just three millimeters in diameter, it is likely to worsen the nation’s drug crisis, according to critics and the head of the FDA’s advisory committee on painkillers. more

Is employment a key to opioid addiction recovey?
Opioid addiction has been declared a public health emergency by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and it's costing the federal government $4.6 billion this year alone to address it. In order to aid former addicts in maintaining their recovery, there's a growing call to help them find steady employment. Last month, for example, legislation providing resources for recovery centers was passed in both the U.S. House and Senate. more

6 campaigns examining drug and alcohol addiction
In America, the drug epidemic is at an all-time high. Drugs and alcohol disease awareness ads seem to focus on the “shock factor” for their point of view. This approach makes me wonder if these ads are the most effective way to create change in our society. more

The President Signs the Historic Opioid Package (H.R. 6) into Law!
Throughout the entire 115th Congress, Members of the House and Senate have given this crisis a great deal of attention. In June, the House of Representatives passed more than 50 bills that were then combined to make H.R. 6. At the same time, the Senate was working on similar legislation, the Opioid Crisis Response Act, that compiled input from over 70 different Senators and was ultimately included in the final version of H.R. 6. more

CDC director calls for destigmatizing addiction to confront opioid crisis
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed Tuesday that it was necessary to remove the stigma around addiction in order to confront the opioid crisis. "Addiction is a medical condition, not a moral failing," said CDC director Robert Redfield. more

Study: Cannabis addiction linked to altered connectivity within the brain’s striatum
New neuroimaging research published in Human Brain Mapping suggests that cannabis use disorder is associated with specific changes in the functional connectivity of the brain. The study found people who meet the clinical criteria for cannabis dependence tended to have a shift in the balance of communication between two brain regions, an alteration which has previously been implicated in addiction. more

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