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Warm-Handoff-Program-Aims-to-Get-Overdose-Survivors-DirectlyFEATURED NEWS: “Warm Handoff” Program Aims to Get Overdose Survivors Directly Into Treatment
A new program in Pennsylvania called “warm handoff” directly transfers overdose survivors from the hospital emergency department to a drug treatment provider. The program, developed by the state’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), is designed to avoid merely giving survivors a phone number to call or setting up a subsequent appointment a day or two later. Learn more »
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Some States Investing in Peer Recovery Coaches to Help Fight Addiction
A growing number of states are investing in peer recovery coaches to help fight drug addiction, CNN reports. These coaches, who have struggled with addiction themselves, meet with patients regularly to help them navigate recovery, and to tackle issues including housing and employment. Learn more »
Cigna Will No Longer Require Preauthorization for Opioid Addiction Treatment
The health insurance company Cigna will no longer require doctors to get preauthorization before prescribing opioid addiction medications, USA Today reports. Until now, Cigna has required doctors to submit a preauthorization form when requesting medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine. Learn more »
Report: Wholesale Drug Distributors Knew About Pills Ending Up on Black Market
Thirteen drug distribution companies knew or should have known that hundreds of millions of prescription narcotic pills were ending up on the black market, according to an investigation by The Washington Post. Learn more »
73 Percent of Teens Think E-Cigarettes are Less Harmful Than Cigarettes
A new survey finds 73 percent of U.S. teens think e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes. The researchers say teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely, than those who do not, to go on to use traditional cigarettes. Learn more »
State Votes on Recreational Marijuana Could Raise Stronger Challenge to Federal Ban
Five states will vote next month whether to legalize recreational marijuana. If the states vote to legalize the drug, the federal government’s ban on marijuana will face a stronger challenge, The New York Times reports. Learn more »

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Other Headlines of Interest

Opinion: Solutions against opioid addiction require a willingness to work together (The Hill)

Opinion: Don’t Lock ’Em Up. Give ’Em a Chance to Quit Drugs. (The New York Times)

Investigation: The DEA slowed enforcement while the opioid epidemic grew out of control (The Washington Post)

John Oliver Takes on America’s Opioid Crisis on Last Week Tonight (Time)

For some drug-addicted Maryland youths, treatment is the way to a new life (The Baltimore Sun)

The Untold Story of the First Fentanyl Addict (Vice)

There’s No One Right Way to Think About Addiction (New York Magazine)

Some See Uptick In 'Voluntary' Addiction Treatment Commitments As Problematic (WBUR)

Aiming to curb drug abuse, new program will teach teens the science of addiction (The Washington Post)

Don’t Drink the Hand Sanitizer (The New York Times)

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