Spiritual first responders hit the streets, Facebook and Instagram use AI to spot drug dealers, Indiana suing major opioid manufacturer.

Amid Drug Crisis, Spiritual First Responders Hit the Streets [US News & World Report]
Religious leaders are reaching out to people living with addiction. Some are in recovery themselves. They come from a place of compassion and offer comfort—whether it’s a person to talk to or a cup of hot chocolate.

Facebook and Instagram to Use AI to Spot Drug Dealers [Telegraph]
Social media platforms have been criticized for doubling as illegal drug marketplaces. Now, companies like Google and Facebook hope that “proactive detection” technology can help weed out illegal activity. 

Worcester Schools to Roll Out Drug Intervention Program for Student Offenders [Telegram & Gazette]
Public schools in Worcester, MA will roll out a new drug intervention program in 2019 in lieu of suspensions or other punishments. School officials anticipate that they will see more drug-related offenses as the state implements its new legal marijuana market. 

Mayor Proposes Alcohol Tax for Anchorage Homelessness and Substance Abuse Treatment Services [Anchorage Daily News]
A retail sales tax on alcohol may go toward homelessness and substance use disorder services, the mayor in Anchorage, AK has proposed. The money could fund outreach workers, shelter, and a new drug treatment facility, according to the proposal. 

Philly May Require All Pharmacies to Stock Overdose-Reversal Drug Naloxone [WHYY]
A bill that would require all Philadelphia pharmacies to stock naloxone is expected to be signed into law after a vote by the City Council. This week, a City Council public health committee unanimously recommended passage of the bill. 

Judges Order Outpatient Mental Health Treatment as Hospitalization Loses Favor [US News]
Court-ordered treatment: a necessary intervention or only a short-term fix? Most states allow it. Treatment experts say there’s a right way to do it.

Indiana Suing Drug Maker It Alleges Is Responsible for State’s Opioid Crisis [NWI Times]
Indiana has filed a lawsuit against a major opioid manufacturer. The state alleges that the company is to blame for opioid overprescribing, fueling the addiction crisis in Indiana.

Federal Drug Czar Not Satisfied with Current Progress [Psych Congress Network]
At a recent summit, the acting director of the ONDCP said there’s more work to be done in mitigating the opioid crisis. He says there is a need for broader access to naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug.

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