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What’s in, what’s out, and what’s still on the table as the Senate is poised to vote on an opioids package
The Senate will vote this week on a bill to prevent illicit fentanyl trafficking, account for drug diversion in opioid manufacturing quotas, and improve access to addiction treatments via telemedicine. Many senators, soon to campaign for re-election in states hard-hit by the epidemic, say the bill is enough. Many advocates for better addiction treatment beg to differ. more

Instagram will send a pop-up about opioid addiction support if you search certain hashtags
Instagram says people are using the platform’s hashtags to find addiction support and communities as well as illegal drugs. So, in response, the company is rolling out a pop-up today that’ll provide users with drug addiction resources if they search certain hashtags, like “opioid.” more

OxyContin Maker Granted Patent for Opioid-Addiction Treatment
Purdue Pharma, which helped create the opioid epidemic, has been granted a patent for a drug that would help clean it up. But should they be allowed to profit from their own mess? more
Opioid addiction and the workplace: six signs to watch
As the numbers of prescriptions have increased, so too has the rate of opioid addiction. Employers can help by watching for classic signs of abuse more

Why Abstinence Isn't The Only Path To Addiction Recovery
If we’re serious about addressing the scourge of addiction, we must first address the ill-informed approach that exacerbates shame in those most vulnerable more

Democrats hold up Senate opioids bill over 'earmark' for PhRMA-backed group
Democrats are objecting to a bill in the Senate aimed at curbing the opioid crisis because of a GOP provision they say is an earmark for one PhRMA-funded advocacy group. The provision, added by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), has sparked concern among Democrats, who say it would only benefit the Addiction Policy Forum, an advocacy group funded by PhRMA, according to a source familiar. more

Immune System May Help Fight Opioid Addiction
The same immune system that fights infection and the flu could offer a way to fight opioid addiction, a new study with rodents shows. Researchers say specific immune system peptides—amino acid compounds that signal cells how to function—may affect brain activity and, by extension, drug cravings. more

Can Addicts Change Through Self-Direction?
Do you want to recover from mental illness or addiction, but feel trapped by ‘systems’ and traditional treatment methods? Have you always felt there must be better forms of treatment that fit your personal circumstances? Well, you’re not alone. more

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