EurekAlert: Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction

EurekAlert: Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction . “Bad decision-making is a trait oftentimes associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? New research from Michigan State University shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making, which is commonly deficient in substance addiction.”

Hyperallergic: Museum Creates Program for Families Suffering from the Opioid Crisis

Hyperallergic: Museum Creates Program for Families Suffering from the Opioid Crisis. “Approximately 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017 alone. For families hurt by addiction, the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire has created an unprecedented program that uses art as a healing tool for those affected by the epidemic in a state that’s ranked third in the nation for drug overdoses.”

The Verge: Instagram will send a pop-up about opioid addiction support if you search certain hashtags

The Verge: Instagram will send a pop-up about opioid addiction support if you search certain hashtags. “Instagram says people are using the platform’s hashtags to find addiction support and communities as well as illegal drugs. So, in response, the company is rolling out a pop-up today that’ll provide users with drug addiction resources if they search certain hashtags, like ‘opioid.'”

WSBT: New interactive map tracks Nalaxone use in Indiana

WSBT: New interactive map tracks Nalaxone use in Indiana. “The full scale of the opioid epidemic can be hard to imagine. There’s a new tool in Indiana to help visualize where its impacting communities the most. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has released a heat map that shows where Naloxone has been administered in Indiana. You can even type in a specific address.”

Vice: Drug Dealers on Facebook Are Targeting People With Addiction

Vice: Drug Dealers on Facebook Are Targeting People With Addiction. “Last year, the US government celebrated the takedown of darknet (the underground and far less traceable version of the web) drug sales site AlphaBay. It was an effort the FBI described as ‘one of the most sophisticated and coordinated efforts to date on the part of law enforcement across the globe.’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pledged to include concentrated efforts related to online drug sales in his controversial, renewed war on drugs. But online drug sales are now springing up in a much less covert, and far more surprising, forum: Facebook.”

Vern Buchanan: Buchanan Bill Creates National Opioid Database

Vern Buchanan: Buchanan Bill Creates National Opioid Database. “Congressman Vern Buchanan’s bipartisan bill to create a national database on the best ways for patients to manage pain and avoid opioid addiction is expected to be approved today by the House Ways and Means Committee.”

NextGov: Google Maps Unveils Tool to Locate Drug Disposal Sites

Nextgov: Google Maps Unveils Tool to Locate Drug Disposal Sites. “The opioid crisis continues to have a grim effect on millions of Americans. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control revealed that 63,632 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose in 2016, with two-thirds of those overdoses involving some form of opioid. Google announced Wednesday it will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency to create a new tool to help reduce opioid consumption.”