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This Week In Recovery-January 25, 2019

by Landmark Recovery

January 25, 2019
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Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories and developments in the recovery industry.


The Shutdown’s Effect on the Opioid Epidemic – NY Public Radio

As the government shutdown continues past the record-breaking one month mark, federal agencies are struggling to provide funding for programs to help victims of the opioid crisis. Reporters at WYNC Studios spoke to several program administrators across the nation who are being directly impacted today by the lack of federal dollars. Even several programs made available through the SUPPORT Act have been unable to receive funding.


New A.I. Tool Creates Legal Substitutes for Billion Dollar Drugs – Digital Trends

Drug companies spend billions of dollars developing trademark pharmaceuticals, but artificial intelligence could play a disruptive new role in the marketplace. A.I. program Chematica is able to replicate and find new methods for producing existing drugs in a way that doesn’t infringe on existing patents, opening the floodgates for competitors and black market producers to possibly profit from synthetic substitutes of billion dollar drugs.


Physician-targeted Marketing Increased Overdose Rates – JAMA Network

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that counties that experienced increased opioid marketing were associated with elevated overdose mortality one year later. The association was mediated by increased prescribing rates. The marketing interactions with prescribing physicians showed a stronger association with mortality than the dollar value of marketing.


The Benzo Epidemic That Doesn’t Get Talked About – Washington Post

When it comes to media coverage surrounding the drug epidemic, news sources tend to focus on opioids when it comes to prescription medications. But, benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Xanax, also have major addictive qualities and can lead to overdoses. In fact, the rate of overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines have increased more than 4-fold since 2000. Similarly, between 1996 and 2013, benzodiazepine prescriptions from doctor more than tripled.


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Remembering a Life: Amy Winehouse

In her short career, Winehouse released just two albums. Despite this, her music has received widespread commercial and critical acclaim, including winning five Grammy awards in one night. We take a look back at the fast, triumphant, and tragic life of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who passed away from alcohol poisoning in 2011.

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Landmark Recovery was founded with a determination to make addiction treatment accessible for all. Through our integrated treatment programs, we've helped thousands of people choose recovery over addiction and get back to life on their own terms. We're on a mission to save one million lives over the next century. We encourage all those struggling with substance use to seek professional help.