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Drugnet Europe: updates

The latest monthly drug news round-up from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction features the EMCDDA work programme 2024-2026, upcoming press conference on drug markets, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and more.

Childhood trauma and love addiction

University of Florence, University of Rome and Nottingham Trent University have published A pilot study on childhood trauma and love addiction: Exploring the mediation of unbalanced family functioning – it shows “significant associations”. See also: Forbes article.

Alcohol deaths increasing

From 2016-2017 to 2020-2021, the average annual number of deaths from excessive alcohol use rose, according to yesterday’s issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: 26.8% and 34.7% among males and females.

Bipartisan legislation for non-opioid treatments

Yesterday, Senators Thom Tillis and Mark Kelly introduced the Alternatives to Prevent Addiction in the Nation (Alternatives to PAIN) Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide greater access to non-opioid treatments for pain management for seniors.

US 10-year fentanyl epidemic worsens

In the intractable US fentanyl epidemic, officials measure progress not in fewer deaths, but in a slowing rate of growth: the figure for 2022 was “only” 5% higher than for 2021. Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids like it kill some

California: legalizing marijuana for cops

Under a new California law AB 2188, law enforcement officers are among workers who are protected against employer discipline or termination for using marijuana. But there are times when the new law could conflict with the 1968 Gun Control Act.

US alcohol-related deaths surge to almost 500/day

Spikes of fatalities linked to drinking that began with the Covid pandemic were not an anomaly: an estimated 178,000 people died in 2021 from similar causes, the New York Times reported.

NAATP Insights

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers has published its latest newsletter, covering ethics updates, state of addiction treatment panel, meetings and more.

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