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President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Report)
WHITE HOUSE (11/01) – …. The primary goal of the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is to develop an effective set of recommendations for the President to combat the opioid crisis and drug addiction in our nation. Many of the recommendations that follow will require appropriations from Congress into the Public Health Emergency Fund, for block grants to states and to DOJ for enforcement and judicial improvements. Read more Further reading:
New Care Model Closes Significant Gap in Addiction Treatment
SCIENCE DAILY (11/08) - A new program at Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction is showing that connecting patients to addiction treatment when they are hospitalized for other conditions can be a powerful tool in closing a gap in addiction treatment. In fact, early results show that many of these patients continue treatment after they are discharged, underscoring the importance of reaching patients who might otherwise not get treatment for their addiction. Read more
Naloxone Reverses 93% of Overdoses, but Many Recipients Don't Survive a Year
CNN (10/30) – As the opioid overdose epidemic continues to surge, public health officials and first responders have turned to naloxone, the drug that reverses overdose, to help combat the rising tide. New research from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston shows its effectiveness. Read more
Adolescent Research: Invitation to Counselors:
The SASSI Institute is conducting a validation study to develop an updated version of our adolescent screening questionnaire. Our aim is to provide practitioners with an effective tool to address the public health epidemic of adolescent prescription opioid, other prescription drug abuse, and SUD more generally. Register to participate online.
Adolescents Underreport Amphetamine Use, Likely Unaware That Adderall is Amphetamine
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (10/23) – Over a quarter of teens taking Adderall on their own do not report taking amphetamine. High school seniors appear to be underreporting their non-medical use of amphetamine, despite reporting using Adderall without a doctor’s orders, finds a study. Read more
Specialty Courts Getting Veterans Into Treatment
ABC2 BALTIMORE (11/1) – Rehabilitation over incarceration is the goal of a new specialty court in Anne Arundel County aimed at helping veterans overcome legal troubles. It's a different type of justice for some vets convicted of misdemeanors. Read more Further reading:
There Are Medications That Can Treat Alcoholism, But Doctors Rarely Use Them
WASHINGTON POST (10/30) – Naltrexone has become well known over the past few years as an option for people with opioid addiction; it also seems to blunt alcohol cravings and the pleasurable effects of drinking in some people. Read more
Booze and Pot Use in Teens Lessens Life Success
SCIENCE DAILY (11/05) – Overall, individuals who were dependent on either marijuana or alcohol during their teen years achieved lower levels of education, were less likely to be employed full time, were less likely to get married and had lower social economic potential.Read more
Let’s Open Up About Addiction and Recovery (OPINION)
NEW YORK TIMES (11/04) – …[S]he’s promoting an idea considered radical in addiction circles: that people in recovery could be open and even celebrated for managing the disease that is plaguing our nation. She and other advocates believe that people in recovery could play a vital role in ending the addiction epidemic, much as the protest group Act Up did in the AIDS crisis. Read more
Alcohol Reshapes the Brain in Ways That Make Rats More Likely to Become Cocaine Addicts
LOS ANGELES TIMES (11/02) – The idea of a “gateway drug” may sound like a throwback to the “Just say no” era. But new research offers fresh evidence that alcohol and nicotine — two psychoactive agents that are legal, ubiquitous and widely used during adolescence — ease the path that leads from casual cocaine use to outright addiction. Read more
It's Far More Than Overdoses: IV Opioid Users' Diseases Overwhelm Hospitals
USA TODAY (10/08) - As opioid overdoses dominate headlines, more hidden casualties of intravenous drug use are overwhelming the hospitals tasked with treating them. Addiction clouds users' judgement so much that patients thwart or reject treatment for their infectious and other diseases. And hospitals, taxpayers and people with commercial insurance foot the bill for repeated return visits that can cost from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year per patient. Read more
Link Between Adolescent Pot Smoking and Psychosis Strengthens
SCIENTIFIC AMERICA (10/20) – Research presented at a Berlin psychiatric conference shows teenage cannabis use hastens onset of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals. Society’s embrace of cannabis to treat nausea, pain and other conditions proceeds apace with the drive to legalize the plant for recreational use. But that clean bill of health only goes so far. Read more
When New Players Learn Slot-Machine Tricks, They Avoid Gambling Addiction
SCIENCE DAILY (10/19) – Novice gamblers who watched a short video about how slot machines disguise losses as wins have a better chance of avoiding gambling problems, according to new research. Slot machines present losses disguised as wins (LDWs) which causes people to mistakenly believe that they are winning and continue paying to play. Read more
In Clinical Trials, Medications Show Promise for Treating Heroin Addiction
WASHINGTON POST (11/08) - Long-term methadone and buprenorphine maintenance are mainstays of heroin addiction treatment. These medications bind to the same opioid receptors in the brain as does heroin, reducing cravings for and use of the deadly drug. But a new study shows that an alternative to medications that substitute for heroin in the brain can be highly effective by blocking the drug's effect on opioid receptors. Read more
The Cost of Addiction Treatment Keeps Poor People Addicted
COMMON DREAMS (11/02) – We need to have a lot more payment options for low-income people, who are already more vulnerable to addiction in the first place. I can barely remember the day I learned I was pregnant with my first daughter. Not because I was overwhelmed with emotions, but because I was high on heroin. I had been addicted for five years, and I had been trying to rid myself of that addiction for almost as long. Read more
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