Researchers Discover Gene Variant Linked With Opioid Addiction in African Americans

The discovery of a gene variant associated with opioid addiction in African Americans may lead to personalized methadone treatment, according to HealthDay.

The gene variant helped identify African Americans who might need higher doses of methadone. Patients receiving methadone treatment for opioid addiction vary widely in their dose requirements, the researchers note. Too high of a dose can cause sedation and dangerous breathing difficulties, while too low of a dose can lead to relapse.

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Senate Passes Bill Providing $1 Billion for Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Addiction

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes $1 billion in new funding to prevent and treat opioid addiction. The House approved the measure last week.

The legislation includes funding for cancer research and mental health treatment, and will help the Food and Drug Administration speed up drug approvals. The measure also aims to improve the use of technology in medicine. The legislation passed 94 to 5, according to The New York Times.

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House Approves Bill Providing $1 Billion in New Funding to Curb Opioid Addiction

The U.S. House on Wednesday approved the21st Century Cures Act, which includes $1 billion in new funding for the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.

The bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to pass by next week, USA Today reports.

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Some People Ask Judges to Lock Them Up to Get Inpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment

Some people addicted to heroin are asking judges to lock them up so they can get access to treatment for opioid addiction, NPR reports.

In Massachusetts, some people addicted to opioids are using a law designed for family members to commit loved ones to a locked facility if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others because of substance use. Thirty-eight states allow civil commitment for substance abuse, the article notes.

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Prescription Opioid Addiction Risk Among Young Adults Jumped 37 Percent

A new study finds the risk of prescription opioid addiction rose 37 percent among young adults between 2002 and 2014. Past-year heroin use also rose among 18- to 25-year-olds, from 2 percent to 7 percent.

Among adults ages 26 to 34, risk of an opioid use disorder more than doubled, from 11 percent to 24 percent, HealthDay reports. Heroin use among this age group rose sixfold, to 12 percent.

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