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Despite an overall decline in secondhand smoke exposure, a breakdown of recently reported data showed some populations were still being affected more than others by secondhand smoke.

The police in Gloucester, Massachusetts have taken a radical approach to combating the opioid drug epidemic affecting their citizens. The Gloucester Initiative, implemented on June 1st of this year, promises social support and treatment as opposed to stigma and jail time.

Why is it so hard for those living with addiction to find easy access to the care they need? This blog identifies four of the most common barriers to treatment and offers ways to overcome these challenges.

This week President Obama commuted the federal sentences of 46 prisoners. We commend President Obama’s action as a step in changing our nation’s response to addiction, but reducing sentences for non-violent drug offenders alone is not enough. 

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