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Dr. Kong, Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, spoke during our Addiction Speaker Series about growing use of cigars among youth, which are not strictly regulated like tobacco products are in the U.S. We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kong about her work.  

In his final State of the State address, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vowed to spend his last year as governor aggressively and comprehensively fighting his state’s addiction crisis. Almost 1,600 people in New Jersey died from drug overdoses in 2015, a nearly 20 percent increase from 2014. Most of these deaths were from opioids.

Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to get to know the staff at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Today we’d like to introduce Amy Schreiner, PhD, Associate Research Scientist and Coordinator of Prevention Programming at the Center.

Latinos are the largest minority group in the U.S., at over 17 percent of the population. It is estimated that, by 2060, this will rise to nearly 29 percent. Immigration to the U.S. is often prompted by the possibility of improved life circumstances, including greater access to jobs, health care, education and other opportunities for their families.

2016 was a historic year for addiction policy. In the face of a devastating opioid epidemic that shows little signs of abating, the federal government engaged in multiple efforts to change our national tone and approach toward addiction. There has been great progress in improving our collective understanding of addiction as a disease instead of a moral failing. This is reflected in the work of lawmakers who have adopted public health approaches in lieu of punitive criminal justice responses. 

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