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Fighting Back against the Stigma of Addiction

(Scientific American, September 2020 issue) The belief that addiction is due to “moral weakness and flawed character” can be dangerous for people battling substance misuse, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow.

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Opioid use can trigger deafness

(Science Daily, August 17) According to new research, opioid use can trigger deafness.

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Teen Pot Use Makes a Comeback After Legalization

(HealthDay News, August 18) A new study out of the University of Washington suggests that the legalization of recreational marijuana may have disrupted the steady decline of the drug’s use among teens in the state.

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Fatal cardiac arrests could be hiding opioid overdose deaths in the US

(New Scientist, August 10) A new study out of San Francisco found that about 17% of presumed cardiac arrest deaths in the city were actually due to drug overdose.

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Using marijuana in pregnancy may heighten baby's risk of autism

​(NBC News, August 10) According to a recent study, the children of women who used marijuana while they were pregnant have a 50% higher risk of developing autism.

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Weed is not good for your heart, studies say

(CNN, August 5) You’ve probably heard a lot about how dangerous marijuana use can be for the teenage brain. But a recent statement from the American Heart Association rings the alarm about the drug’s effect on the heart.

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Four Steps for Using Prescription Pain Medications Safely

(The NIDA Blog Team) Prescription pain medications (opioids) are powerful drugs. They can be effective if they’re used safely, but if they’re misused, a person can become addicted to them. 

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Drug overdose deaths jump in 2019 to nearly 71,000, a record high, CDC says

(CNN, July 15) U.S. drug overdose deaths increased almost 5% between 2018 and 2019, according to new preliminary numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

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Addressing Substance Use: Set Limits & Monitor Behavior

(Partnership to End Addiction) Rules provide a concrete way to let your child understand what’s expected of him or her and to learn self-control.

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Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children's sleep problems

(Science Daily, July 2) Women who use marijuana while pregnant are more likely to have a child that struggles with sleep problems, according to a recent survey published in Sleep Health: The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation.