Latest LICADD News

White House launches anti-opioid ad campaign aimed at youth [AP]

June 21, 2018

The White House launched a series of new advertisements Thursday aimed at warning young people about the dangers of opioids, taking another step in the effort to turn the tide against the deadly epidemic. The White House said its first public service campaign would include several partners, including the Ad Council and the Truth Initiative,…

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The private sector has a powerful incentive to treat opioid addiction

June 21, 2018

Rob Portman, a Republican, represents Ohio in the Senate. In the steadily growing U.S. economy, with tax reform and regulatory relief leading businesses to invest more in both facilities and people, the unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent, the lowest since 2000. A record number of business owners say now is a good time to expand, but our workforce…

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National advocate mobilizes local communities to combat drug problems

June 20, 2018

By the end of this year, more than three dozen communities across the country will have begun participation in a national initiative designed to bring together a diversity of stakeholders to solve local problems related to addiction. Facing Addiction with NCADD so far has announced nine new communities for 2018 as the latest participants in…

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Ryder: Fewer people are overdosing on heroin in Nassau County [NEWS12LI]

June 19, 2018

MINEOLA - Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder announced Thursday that fewer people are overdosing on heroin in the county. Ryder says that fatal heroin overdoses this year are down 7 percent, and non-fatal overdoses are down 30 percent. The commissioner says the drop is directly related to law enforcement identifying “hot areas.” “For the last…

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When opioids impact the whole family [CBS NEWS]

June 18, 2018

Ann Sinsheimer's meditation cushion doesn't get much use these days. It's crammed under a desk. Instead, in the extra room where she used to begin her mornings with a clear mind and focused breathing, a heart-eyed emoji pillow sits on the bottom level of a bunk bed, under the watchful eye of a Shawn Mendes…

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Number of opioid prescriptions falls for fifth year in a row [THE HILL]

June 17, 2018

The number of opioid prescriptions issued nationwide has dropped by 22 percent between 2013 and 2017, which a doctors group touted as progress in fighting the epidemic of opioid addiction. The report from the American Medical Association (AMA) finds there were 55 million fewer prescriptions over that time period and the number of prescriptions has dropped for five…

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Apple unveils features to limit phone screen time [NEWS12]

June 5, 2018

Apple on Monday unveiled new features for its iPhones and other mobile devices to help limit screen time. While iPhones already have a do not disturb feature, the new controls will allow users to block app notifications from showing up on the home screen not just based on time of day, but on location. Users…

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NIH HEAL INITIATIVE

June 4, 2018

In April 2018, NIH launched the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. This Initiative will build on extensive, well-established NIH research, including basic science of the complex neurological pathways involved in pain and addiction, implementation science to develop…

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Announcing the 38th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational

May 30, 2018

With summer right around the corner, LICADD would like to invite you to our 38th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational. This year, it will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd at The Creek and Piping Rock, two of Long Island's premier private golf clubs. The day will conclude with a reception, dinner, silent and…

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Tackling Drugged, Distracted Driving [INDEPENDENT]

May 29, 2018

Suffolk County’s assistant district attorneys and investigators from the Vehicular Crimes Bureau will soon find themselves in different roles on the prevention side of the law, educating teens on the dangers of impaired and reckless driving. District Attorney Tim Sini used prom season as a springboard last week to announce an outreach program — Choices…

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A Teen Wrote and Co-Directed This Powerful PSA About the Rapid Spiral of Opioid Addiction [ADWEEK]

May 29, 2018

A recent opioid-abuse awareness ad isn’t just targeted at teens; it’s also written and directed by one. “Hey Charlie,” is a nearly 4-minute ad from The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation and Columbia University Medical Center, following a 17-year-old boy living in suburbia as he goes from a star athlete with good grades to abusing prescription…

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