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Breakthrough COVID-19 Risk Up for Patients With Substance Use Disorders 

(HealthDay News) Vaccinated people with substance misuse disorders are more at risk for getting COVID-19, according to a recent study

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Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

(HealthDay News, November 16) Expectant mothers who use marijuana during their pregnancies may be more likely to have children who deal with stress and anxiety, according to a new study. 

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Report: Drug Overdose Deaths Surpass 100,000

(Associated Press, November 18) For the first time ever, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 during a 12-month period.

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Uncontrollable vomiting due to marijuana use on rise, study finds 

(CNN, September 17) Cases of cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, an illness where regular marijuana users experience stomach pains and retching, have reportedly increased in recent years.

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Half of Young Adults With ADHD Report Lifetime Substance Use Disorder

(Psych Congress Network, September 1) According to a new study, about 50% of young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) say they had a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. 

Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic 

(HealthDay News, July 30) Opioid-related visits to the emergency room rose 28.5% last year compared to 2018 and 2019, according to a recent study. 

President Announces Overdose Awareness Week

The president recently issued a proclamation recognizing August 29, 2021 – September 4, 2021 as Overdose Awareness Week.

Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

(HealthDay News, August 2) According to a new survey, children who are around secondhand marijuana smoke are more likely to have colds and respiratory infections than those who were not around secondhand smoke.

Accidental Exposures to Fentanyl Patches Continue to Be Deadly to Children

(Food and Drug Administration) Accidental exposure to medication is a leading cause of poisoning in children. Young children, in particular, have died or become seriously ill after being exposed to a skin patch containing fentanyl, a powerful opioid pain reliever.

Drug Overdoses Killed A Record Number Of Americans In 2020, Jumping By Nearly 30%

(NPR, July 14) Last year, more than 93,000 Americans died as a result of a drug overdose, according to new preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number is more than 30% of 2019’s total.