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Is it Addiction Treatment or Prison? A Look Inside a State Center for Involuntary Commitments
WBUR BOSTON (09/13) – Enter the former Massachusetts minimum security prison in Plymouth and you might think it's still a prison. But the men have not committed any crimes. They're at the new Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center for court-mandated addiction treatment. Read more
What Recovery Month Means to Me as an Adult Child of an Alcoholic
HUFFINGTON POST (09/06) – Tolstoy began Anna Karenina with the much quoted, “all happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I am not sure that applies to alcoholic families. When I first officially entered recovery for being an ACoA in 1985, I was alternately stunned and reassured by the similarity of my experience growing up with an alcoholic parent with those I was in recovery groups with. Read more
A Month Has Passed Since Trump Declared an Opioid Emergency. What Next?
THE NEW YORK TIMES (09/10) - When President Trump announced in early August, following a presidential commission’s recommendations, that the opioid crisis was a “national emergency,” he called it “a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.” A month has now passed, and that urgent talk has yet to translate into urgent action. While the president’s aides say they are pursuing an expedited process, it remains to be seen how and by what mechanism Mr. Trump plans to direct government resources. Read more
FDA Clears the First-Ever Mobile App to Treat Alcohol, Marijuana, Cocaine Addiction
FORTUNE (09/14) – In a milestone, the FDA on Thursday green lit the first-ever mobile medical app to help treat people with substance use disorders (SUDs). The Reset device is designed by Pear Therapeutics and now cleared to assist in outpatient therapy for alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant addiction—although it is notably not permitted for treating opioid dependence. Read more
Hurricanes Drive Addiction Issues Into Public Square
ABC NEWS (09/09) – …Disasters cause stress, and stress can cause relapse for people struggling with addiction, whether their problem is alcohol, tobacco, pills or heroin. Authorities planning for the devastating effects of hurricanes now factor in the heightened danger of relapse and overdose. Scientists learned from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. "During a storm, it becomes harder to hide and cope with one's addiction in private," Golub said. Read more
Treating Acute Pain in Opioid-Dependent Patients: Review and Recommendations
MEDICAL XPRESS (09/13) - As healthcare providers see more patients with opioid abuse and dependence, they face a difficult challenge: What's the best way to manage acute pain without contributing to the patient's opioid use disorder (OUD)? A review and recommendations for acute pain treatment in patients with OUD is presented in in the September/October Journal of Trauma Nursing, official publication of the Society of Trauma Nurses. Read more
New Adult SASSI-4: Exciting Features
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Senator Reveals First Findings in Opioids Inquiry
US NEWS & WORLD REPORT (09/06) - Insys Therapeutics systemically manipulated authorization for its fentanyl drug Subsys without proper compliance measures to keep it in check, according to Missouri's senior Democratic senator's recently released report. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released on Wednesday a report on the initial findings of her investigation into whether pharmaceutical manufacturers played a part in the overutilization and overprescription of prescription opioids nationwide that have contributed to America's opioid epidemic. Read more
The Link Between Childhood Sex Abuse and Food Addiction
THE FIX (08/31) – Gabby doesn’t remember if the sexual abuse came first or the eating disorder. “In my mind,” she explains. According to a 2013 study, women who had experienced physical or sexual abuse before the age of 18 were almost twice as likely to have a food addiction in middle adulthood compared with women without a history of childhood abuse. me.” “They began on the same day.” Read more
Opioid Epidemic is Killing More Than Government Shows
ADDICTION NOW (09/01) – A closer inspection of overdose death records gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2008 to 2014 allowed Ruhm to see that specific drugs were often not included. These distinct substances had not been recognized in more than 25 percent of the fatal drug overdoses listed for 2008 and almost 20 percent of the ones registered in 2014. Read more
Researchers Discover Response in Liver Could Actually Help Treat Alcoholism
TRENDINTECH (09/04) – It’s no secret that drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can damage the liver. But, what you might not have known is that there’s a protective response in the organ that may actually be able to help doctors treat alcoholism. Fibroblast growth factor 21, or FGF21 for short, is a protein in which scientists previously discovered helped to protect mice against and toxins in the liver. Read more
Drug Addiction is Driving 20% of Men Out of the Workforce
HR DIVE (09/08) – Opioids are impacting the workforce in unprecedented ways. Opioid addiction — now at a 12-year high — is one of the major reasons why men ages 25 to 54 have dropped out of the workforce or are unable to work or find work. Currently, men have an 88.4% participation rate in the U.S. labor pool, which is slightly higher than the record low in 2014. Read more
Meth Use Boosts Young Adults’ Risk for Brain Bleeds and Stroke
REUTERS (08/30) – Young adults who use the stimulant methamphetamine, sometimes called `speed,’ `ice,’ or `meth,’ may have an increased risk of strokes, a recent study suggests. Previous research in animals and humans has tied meth abuse to a variety of potentially fatal cardiovascular problems including heart failure, as well as damage to blood vessels in the brain, stroke, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. Read more
Teen Overdose Deaths Spike at Alarming Rate, New Data
ADDICTION NOW (09/07) – The rate of teenage drug overdose deaths spiked 19 percent from 2014 to 2015 in the U.S., a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds. In 2015, there were 772 deaths related to drug overdose among adolescents aged 15 to 19, an increase from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people to 3.7, the data revealed. Read more
Using History as a Guide to End Tobacco Addiction
STANFORD MEDICINE (09/08) – The public’s opinion of tobacco use has dramatically changed over time. Gone are the days when cigarette companies advertise using slogans like “fresh as mountain air” or “more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” We now know that cigarettes cause blindness and tuberculosis, among many other conditions, and are highly addictive. Read more
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