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Ireland: alcohol consumption, harm and policy

The Health Research Board has published a 175-page document on Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and alcohol policy in Ireland – as Tánaiste and ministers introduce minimum unit pricing of alcohol.

Ireland: cannabis and public health

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin et al have published an important paper on cannabis – Cannabis and public health – a need to reclaim the narrative – explaining why the Department of Health should avoid “own goals”.

Bipartisan Joyce, Johnson resolution recognizes addiction workforce

House Resolution (H.Res.) 364 recognizes the contributions of the professionals over 100,000 counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare employees who specialize in prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support and education.

National Drug Take Back Day: results

The DEA’s recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collected 829,543 pounds – 419.7 tons – of unused, expired, and unwanted medications across the country. The day helps reduce overdose deaths and alleviate addiction by safely disposing of unused prescription

Now Publicis is sued over opioid marketing

First the lawsuits came after the opioid manufacturers, then opioid distributers, then their strategy advisers – and now a lawsuit has been filed against marketing firm Publicis Health for its role helping Purdue market addictive opioid pain medication. 

Kratom statistics in the US

Kratom is linked to thousands of poisonings, most involving other drugs, but little was known about prevalence and correlates of use. So New York University analysed the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health – and found that about

Patient support program for pain could reduce opioid use

University of Michigan et al found that “the addition of a multi-faceted patient support program along with specialty medication led to better patient-centered outcomes when compared to the use of medication alone“.

Washington state: cannabis and health statistics

In Kaiser Permanente et al’s cross-sectional study of 185,565 patients, 2% had past-year ‘medical’ cannabis use documented in their electronic health records – 44.5% of whom might benefit and 54.5% who might be harmed.

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