Landmark public health decisions by WHO on essential medicines for alcohol use disorders


8 August 2023

Alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the poor health and disabilities of millions of people. It is estimated that worldwide close to 300 million people live with alcohol use disorders, including about 150 million people with alcohol dependence.

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Opioids Linked to Nearly Half of Pediatric Poisoning Deaths

Lifesciences Intelligence

March 14, 2023 – Data from the National Fatality Review-Case Reporting Systems (NFR-CRS) links opioids to nearly half of pediatric poisoning deaths. That makes opioids the leading cause of poisoning fatalities among infants and young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new study in Pediatrics.

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Expert describes the health benefits of ‘Dry January’


A growing number of people are participating in what’s known as “Dry January,” taking a month-long break from alcohol after the indulgences of the holiday season. Dr. Rotonya Carr, head of gastroenterology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, joins John Yang to discuss.

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Rahul Gupta: ‘We Have a Public Health Crisis on Our Hands’

Treatment Magazine

In the first of a two-part interview with, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy discusses the opioid epidemic, harm reduction and a range of other topics.

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‘I Don’t Know That I Would Even Call It Meth Anymore’

The Atlantic

With recent news of record-breaking drug overdose deaths across the country and in our own backyards, News 5 Investigators went searching for the cutting edge strategies in this battle against drugs.

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Rahul Gupta, Part II: ‘This Is No Longer a Partisan Issue’

Treatment Magazine

In the second part of our interview with the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, he makes a compelling case for an “all hands on deck” approach to solving the riddles of addiction and mental illness.

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Addiction Recovery Channel: Interview with Nora Volkow

Town Meeting TV

Join Ed Baker and his noted guest, Dr. Nora Volkow, as they discuss the consistently accelerating velocity of drug overdose death in America. The relationship between the deadly force of stigma and the unprecedented lethality of fentanyl will be explored. Current Harm Reduction Interventions and their necessity and effectiveness during this time of public health crisis are discussed. The effectiveness and potential of Overdose Prevention Sites is investigated.

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Hollywood’s Sobering New Reality of Fentanyl Lacing: “Don’t Gamble If You Don’t Have a Stash From Pre-2020”

The Hollywood Reporter

The ultra-powerful synthetic painkiller is increasingly mixed with other drugs, from cocaine to Xanax and Adderall, leading to a spate of high-profile overdoses and deaths across the entertainment community: “People often don’t know that they’re taking it.”

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A year into Biden’s presidency, we’re only burying more overdose victims

The Hill

As a member of the 2017 President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis and a national addiction recovery advocate who worked hard to elect the Biden/Harris ticket, respectively, we had front-row seats to the Trump administration’s failure to properly address this crisis. When Joe Biden took office, our hopes were high. But nearly a year after the administration change, things have not improved. Not by a long shot.

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