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Medicaid Law That Limits Available Beds Impedes Addiction Treatment

Major obstacles remain to expanded treatment for addiction through the Medicaid program, according to USA Today. Although the Affordable Care Act requires treatment be offered to people who are newly insured through insurance exchanges or Medicaid, experts say a federal law is limiting available beds nationwide.

Democratic Governors Resist Supporting Marijuana Legalization

Democratic governors around the country are reluctant to support the legalization of marijuana, despite enthusiasm for the idea among voters in their party. The New York Times reports the governors are concerned about managing legalization, as well as being perceived as being soft on crime by Republicans.

Poison Control Centers Receiving More Calls for Nicotine Poisoning From E-Cigarettes

Poison control centers are reporting an increase in the number of calls they are receiving for nicotine poisoning from e-cigarettes. This February, centers received 215 calls, compared with about one per month in 2010.

75 Percent of Americans See Marijuana Legalization as Inevitable, Survey Finds

A new survey finds 75 percent of Americans think it is inevitable that recreational marijuana will become legal across the country, ABC News reports. The survey also found a growing number of Americans support ending mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

Study Finds Increase in Number of Headache Patients Given Narcotics in the ER

Contrary to the advice of many medical groups, more emergency departments are giving headache patients prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers, according to a new study.

Bill to Overhaul Mental Health Care Spurs Debate

A bill designed to overhaul the mental health care system in the United States has spurred debate among advocates for the mentally ill, The New York Times reports. Some groups oppose the measure because it includes provisions for expanded use of involuntary outpatient treatment.

Frequency of Energy Drink Use Linked with Risk of Abusing Prescription Drugs

College students who consume energy drinks are more likely than their peers who don’t use them to abuse prescription drugs, a new study concludes. The more energy drinks a student consumes, the greater their risk.

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, March 28- Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Commentary: From Lemons to Lemonade and Defense to Offense: An Activist’s Journey on the Road to Parity

My 18-year recovery journey to get parity passed and implemented is not over, but it’s important to share some lessons learned along the way, says Carol McDaid.

Parents Influence Teens’ Drinking Decisions: Survey

Parents do have an influence on teens’ decisions about drinking, according to a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Teens are much less likely to drink if their parents tell them underage drinking is completely unacceptable, the survey found.

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