Category Archives: Addiction

09.06.19

September is National Recovery Month

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September is National Recovery Month, which celebrates recovery from substance use disorders and mental health conditions and serves to increase awareness and understanding. I was thinking about this as I sat in my office last week across from a new first year law student here at Georgetown Law.  We talked about law school, what to […]

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09.06.19

The Growing Consumption of Hookah Tobacco among the US Youth and Gaps in Enforcing Existing Laws

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Since May 2016, when it had issued the final deeming rule, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exercising an extended regulatory power over all tobacco products including electronic nicotine delivery systems, cigars, hookah (water pipe) tobacco, pipe tobacco, etc. By subjecting hookah (also called shisha or waterpipe) tobacco under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic […]

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08.02.19

State Legislators and the Opioid Epidemic: Not Yet Out of the Woods

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Regina LaBelle and Shelly Weizman are Director and Associate Director, respectively, of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at Georgetown University Law Center. LaBelle served as Chief of Staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration. Weizman was Assistant Secretary for Mental Hygiene in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration. Leigh Bianchi, […]

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07.22.19

Y2K Implicated in 2019: DATA to MATA, the Opioid Epidemic, and Buprenorphine

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Drug overdoses in the U.S. cause more deaths annually than gun violence and motor-vehicle collisions combined. In 2017 alone 70,237 Americans died from drug overdose, 67.8% of those deaths are specifically attributed to opioids. Though we are in the midst of a public health crisis, there are possible solutions to reduce morbidity and mortality through Medication-Assisted […]

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07.10.19

Democratic Presidential Candidates on Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

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This post was written by Regina LaBelle and Leigh Bianchi. As communities across the country continue to struggle with the consequences of addiction and the opioid epidemic, voters in the 2020 presidential race are sure to press the Democratic presidential candidates for their plans to address the issue. The opioid epidemic played a role in […]

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06.21.19

Columbus and Franklin County Issue Overdose Advisory Including Harm Reduction Efforts

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The Departments of Public Health for both Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio issued an advisory Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in response to increased cases of drug overdose and called on residents to engage in harm reduction practices. This advisory is evidence of an important shift taking place in cities, counties, and states across the country […]

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12.21.18

While Lawmakers Focus on Fixing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural White America, Urban Black Men are Falling Victim to it at Catastrophic Rates… And No One Seems to Care

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Recent reports released by the CDC and the Washington, DC Medical Examiner’s Office are sounding the alarm of the toll opioid drug misuse is having on the lives of District residents. The CDC reports that Washington, DC has one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the U.S., at 44.0 deaths per 100,000 […]

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