After 40 years in medicine, here’s what a Maine addiction expert has learned about alcohol, opioids and public health

When The New York Times, the Washington Post and news agencies across Maine have needed to understand the opioid epidemic and the policies emerging in response to it, they have often turned to a specialist in addiction medicine working in Portland, Dr. Mark Publicker. Unafraid to criticize redundant task forces and barriers to treatment, his advocacy led to better policy and saved lives, said those who learned of his impending retirement online.

As the pandemic complicates the more hidden challenge of addiction, Publicker, 70, will retire from his private practice at the end of the year, after 40 years in medicine. He recently spoke about his career and the changing upheavals of the opioid crisis. Today, synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States.

Dr. Mark Publicker will retire from his private practice in Portland at the end of the
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Online Alcohol Safety Education Program Available at No Cost for High School Students in Florida, Texas, and New York

– Digital course helps students make better choices about alcohol safety and gives teachers additional e-learning resources during COVID-19 –

The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.—established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to fund programs that support alcohol safety and underage drinking prevention—today announced the AlcoholEdu for High School online curriculum is now available at no cost for all public and private high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida, Dallas and Collin counties in Texas, and Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties in New York for the 2020-2021 school year. After successfully launching the program in South Florida in 2017 and then Dallas in 2019, the Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation is proud to further expand the AlcoholEdu for High School program into New York for this latest school year. The program will be available in these three markets for the next

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To cope with pandemic stress, many women turned to alcohol, continuing a worrying trend

Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise in the U.S., a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

The report, from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, found that deaths from alcohol use increased by 43 percent from 2006 to 2018.

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The findings, which don’t include data from this year, come as other research highlights how drinking remains a problem for many in the U.S., particularly among women.

Indeed, the CDC report found that the impact was greatest on women. “While rates were higher for males than females for each year,” the study authors wrote, “the rate of change was greater for females.”

The report didn’t give reasons for the increase among women, but it suggested that women living far outside city limits may have been more at risk. “From 2000 through 2018, greater percentage increases in the rates

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