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opioids

Why Opioids Wreak Havoc on White Communities

A new study of prescribing practices in California found that between 2011 and 2015, residents of neighborhoods with the highest proportions of white people were more than twice as likely to be prescribed an opioid pain reliever than residents of neighborhoods where whites were scarce.

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drug war

White House Opioid Plan: Recycled ‘War on Drugs’?

The “National Drug Control Strategy” report issued by the White House last week contains familiar hardline rhetoric, even while it undercuts claims by President Trump that building a wall is crucial to blocking drug traffickers.

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Legal Profession ‘Critical’ to Addressing Opioid Crisis: ABA

A new report by the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Division makes nine recommendations and suggests 45 “action items” that it says can advance public health efforts to confront the opioid epidemic. One recommendation calls for promoting policies and laws that support families and caregivers struggling with opioid and substance misuse disorders.

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ddrugstore

The ‘Phony War’ Against Opioids: Some Inconvenient Truths

The opioid crisis has very little to do with prescription drugs, says a leading researcher.   Patients treated for chronic pain with opioids–many of them elderly—are not dying from overdoses, and they shouldn’t be treated like addicts.

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addiction

Policing the Addiction Treatment Industry

Most Americans seem willing to accept that opioid addiction should be treated as a disease rather than a criminal offense. But the wide variety and quality of treatment and rehab facilities in the US means we should now double down on efforts to investigate which ones really perform, says an addiction expert.