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Drug Use and Its Consequences Increase Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults

The spread of marijuana use and the opioid epidemic over the past 10 years have affected middle-aged and older Americans. In addition, prescription opioid and benzodiazepine misuse increased older adults’ risk of suicidal thoughts.

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A Promising Alternative to Opioid Pain Medications

An experimental compound with a dual action at two opioid receptors may provide powerful pain relief without many of opioids' harmful side effects.

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Life Skills Training Shields Teens From Prescription Opioid Misuse

Communities that implemented Life Skills Training in a trial more than recouped its cost in reduced health, social, and other expenditures related to teen prescription opioid misuse.

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