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Trump Declares the Opioid Crisis a 'National Emergency' — Here's What That Means
BUSINESS INSIDER (08/10) - President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis was a national emergency on Thursday. The decision is in line with what the White House Opioid Commission recommended on July 31, though on Tuesday, Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price said Trump didn't plan to declare the emergency. Read more
One in Eight American Adults Is an Alcoholic, Study Says
THE WASHINGTON POST (08/11) - A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this month finds that the rate of alcohol use disorder, or what's colloquially known as “alcoholism,” rose by a shocking 49 percent in the first decade of the 2000s. One in eight American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, now meets diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder, according to the study. Read more
Why Are Doctors Underusing a Drug to Treat Opioid Addiction?
MEDICAL XPRESS (08/04) - A drug approved for private physicians to treat opioid addiction is being underprescribed, and a survey of addiction specialists suggests that many of them are not willing to increase their use of it, despite an expanding opioid addiction epidemic in the United States, according to research presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Read more
The Family and Medical Leave Act and Addiction Treatment
THE FIX (08/08) - The United States does not have a great health care system to help people with substance use disorders (SUD). At every socioeconomic level, treatment is not easy to access. Stereotypes about addicts are outdated and inaccurate. Addiction and alcoholism are usually treated like moral failings or personal choice. The trope of the homeless alcoholic wandering the streets in rags is the story for some people, but it isn’t accurate for most individuals with an SUD. Read more
Addressing the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic: Lessons from an Unsanctioned Supervised Injection Site in the U.S.
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE (08/10) - Over half a million people have died of overdose in the U.S. since 2000. As of 2014, an estimated 774,434 people inject drugs in the U.S., the majority of whom inject opioids including prescription opioids and heroin. Read more
Men's Eating Disorders Emerging From Shadows
ADDICTION PROFESSIONAL (07/29) - The ratio of women to men presenting for treatment for an eating disorder has often been placed at 10 to 1, but there are signs that the gap is narrowing. The co-director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt says more men today are able to self-identify with eating disorder symptoms, despite the fact that eating disorders still get widely perceived as a women's illness. Read more
With Drug Overdoses Soaring, States Limit the Length of Painkiller Prescriptions
WASHINGTON POST (08/09) - States are enacting strict limits on the number of powerful prescription painkillers doctors can prescribe, a move that many believe will help fight the opioid crisis but has raised alarms among some physicians. At least 17 states have enacted rules to curb the number of painkillers doctors can prescribe. Read more
New Adult SASSI-4: Exciting Features
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New Diagnostic Model Could Lead to More Individualized Alcohol Addiction Treatments
ADDICTION PROFESSIONAL (08/07) - Diagnosing the degree of a patient’s alcohol use disorder (AUD), as well as identifying the best treatment options, is difficult with today’s generalized diagnostic and treatment tools. A new model for examining an individual’s symptoms and behaviors throughout the addiction cycle might provide the field with additional data that could lead to more targeted treatments. Read more
Adult Gambling Addiction Tied to Childhood Trauma
REUTERS (08/17) - Men with gambling addictions are more likely than their peers to have endured childhood traumas like physical abuse or violence at home, and treatment needs to address this underlying stressor, researchers say. They examined survey data on a nationally representative group of 3,025 UK men aged 18 to 64 and found that roughly 5 percent had apparent gambling problems and about 7 percent were serious addicts. Read more
Policies Limiting Rx Opioids Aren’t Working; It’s Time to Expand MAT and Evaluate Other Options
ADDICTION TREATMENT FORUM (08/11) - Prescription opioids are still getting much of the blame for the current opioid overdose crisis, yet heroin and synthetic opioids—fentanyl, carfentanil, and tramadol—have become the leading causes of opioid overdose deaths...What would be a better way to deal with the opioid crisis? Three groups offer suggestions. Read more
An Alarming Number of People Don’t Know the Signs of Prescription-Drug Abuse
NEW YORK MAGAZINE (08/09) - ...In a new national survey, researchers from Michigan State University examined mental-health literacy across four major issues — including anxiety, depression, alcohol and prescription-drug abuse — and found that out of 4,600 respondents, a full 32 percent were unable to identify the signs of pill addiction. Men and urban dwellers were particularly bad at knowing when something was amiss. Read more
Gambling Addiction A Focus Of Regulators, Gaming Company Management
PAULICK REPORT (08/10) - Although it doesn't receive as much ink as substance addiction, gambling addiction is on the minds of gaming regulators and attorneys, according to a panel at the Saratoga Institute for Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law Conference this week. Read more
A 'Vaccine For Addiction' Is No Simple Fix
NPR (08/10) - It's always appealing to think that there could be an easy technical fix for a complicated and serious problem. For example, wouldn't it be great to have a vaccine to prevent addiction? "One of the things they're actually working on is a vaccine for addiction, which is an incredibly exciting prospect," said Dr. Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services. Read more
How Big Of A Problem Is Video Game Addiction?
FORBES (08/11) - I think the worst thing we can do is jump to conclusions to say that video game addiction is not a real problem. I know a lot of gamers want the topic to go away - pointing to cases of addiction being overblown. But there are people who find games addicting and something they cannot escape on their own. Read more
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Sessions Advocates Outdated Action on Opioid Addiction
ADDICTION NOW (08/12) - U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III spoke to the Columbus Police Academy in Ohio about his planned campaign against opioid addiction earlier this month. Sessions’s speech primarily focused on his plan to use criminal penalties to mitigate the effects of the opioid crisis. Read more
Can You Really Be Addicted to a Behavior?
HUFFINGTON POST (08/15) - Most of us can easily grasp the concept of substance addictions. If we have not run headfirst into our own challenges with cigarettes, alcohol, prescription medications, illicit drugs, and the like, then we probably know someone who has.Read more
One in Twelve Doctors Accepts Payment From Pharmaceutical Companies Related to Opioids
SCIENCE DAILY (08/09) - One in twelve physicians -- and nearly one in five family medicine physicians -- accepted payments from pharmaceutical companies related to opioids, according to a new study out of Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine. This is the first large-scale, national study of industry payments involving opioids and suggests that pharmaceutical companies may have a stronger hold than previously known on how doctors prescribe the powerful drugs. The study results are published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Public Health. Read more
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