Addiction & Mental Health News, Oct. 4

The New York Times: Philadelphia Supervised Injection Site Wins Legal Fight Against Justice Department
By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
A plan to create a space where people can inject heroin and other drugs under medical supervision does not violate a federal law intended to crack down on drug houses, a federal judge ruled.

USA Today: What if genetic test could alert you to future addiction to opioids?
By Jessie Balmert
That’s the goal of a $1.6 million, year-plus study that the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University will launch in January 2020 – the most comprehensive look into how our genetic makeup might affect addiction.

The New York Times: D.E.A. Let Opioid Production Surge as Crisis Grew, Justice Dept. Says
By Jacey Fortin
The department’s inspector general said the agency, which is also under the umbrella of the Justice Department, authorized large increases in the production of painkillers even as drug-related deaths soared.

The Wall Street Journal: Novel Plan Aims to Settle Opioid Suits
By Sara Randazzo and Patrick Fitzgerald
Strategy involving Endo International, Johnson & Johnson and other drugmakers could shrink one of largest, most complex cases in U.S. history

The Washington Post: NIH awards nearly $1 billion in research grants to battle addiction, chronic pain
By Lenny Bernstein
The National Institutes of Health awarded nearly $1 billion on Thursday to battle addiction and chronic pain, the largest financial commitment to one program ever by the government’s premier biomedical research center.

AM New York: Ban on pre-employment marijuana testing to impact HR policies nationwide, experts say
By Lauren Cook
A new law that bans most private companies in New York City from testing job applicants for marijuana as part of the hiring process may have an impact that reaches far past city limits.

UPI: Medications for opioid addiction treatment are underused, researchers say
By Tauren Dyson
Naltrexone, buprenorphine and methadone all have risks and benefits, but researchers say they can help patients as part of addiction treatment if used carefully.