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Drug News – January 7, 2016

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Jeb Bush op-ed: A father’s view of drug addiction – Chicago Tribune

As a father, I have felt the heartbreak of drug abuse. My daughter, Noelle, suffered from addiction, and like many parents facing similar situations, her mom and I struggled to help. I have so many friends and know so many families who have faced this terrible challenge.

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Medicaid May Soon Pay For Some Inpatient Addiction Treatment – NPR

For decades, if people on Medicaid wanted to get treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, they almost always had to rely solely on money from state and local sources. Now, in a dramatic shift, the federal government is likely to chip in, too.

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Republican candidates in drug abuse forum largely favor treatment of addicts over prison – TribLive

Republican hopefuls Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee also addressed the forum, spelling out proposals for an issue not usually associated with the party. The focus was largely on treating addicts and overhauling the criminal justice system while strengthening laws against drug dealing and importation.

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COLUMN: HOPE agenda addresses drug addiction –Lacrosse Tribune

On January 5, 2015, I had the honor of being sworn in as your representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Within a week of being in office, allegations of questionable usage of opiate prescriptions were reported.

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Painkiller addicts welcome West Virginia ruling allowing them to sue doctors who give them prescription drugs – Daily Mail

State’s Supreme Court ruled addicts can sue doctors who get them hooked. Addicts in West Virginia have welcomed the move allowing legal action. West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the United States

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Summit tackles state’s prescription drug abuse – LCSun News

Only a concerted effort by doctors, law enforcement and community organizations can help lower the state’s No. 2 ranking in prescription drug deaths, said several speakers at the Wednesday town hall meeting in the Barbara Hubbard Room at New Mexico State University’s Pan American Center.

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The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function Are Underdiagnosed – Wall Street Journal

Chronic heavy drinking can cause insidious damage to the brain, even in people who never seem intoxicated or obviously addicted. Experts say alcohol-related brain damage is underdiagnosed and often confused with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia or just getting older.

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