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Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Public Health Emergency
CNN (10/26) - President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency on Thursday, telling an audience in the East Room of the White House that "we can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic." ...Trump's move is different from the broad order the President previewed over the last few months. On Thursday, the President directed acting Health Secretary Eric Hargan to declare a public health emergency under the Public Health Services Act -- which directs federal agencies to provide more grant money to combat the epidemic -- not a national emergency through the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The difference between the two orders is money and scope. Read more Further reading:
U.S. to Promote Use of Opioid Alternatives to Treat Addiction
REUTERS (10/25) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to encourage opioid addicts to use less harmful opioid drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine, a radical shift in policy that could agitate those in the addiction field who believe abstinence is the only effective treatment. Read more Further reading:
WASHINGTON POST (10/15) – In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets. Read more
Vermont Streamlines Process for Substance Abuse Counselors
BURLINGTON FREE PRESS (10/16) – The state has streamlined the process for someone to become a substance abuse counselor as Vermont continues to address the opioid addiction crisis, Republican Gov. Phil Scott says. The changes simplify the educational requirements and relieve professionals from unnecessary documentation, officials said. The new rules also are mostly compatible with other states' rules so out-of-state clinicians can work in Vermont, they said. Read more
Why It Took Google So Long to End Shady Rehab Center Ads
BLOOMBERG (09/26) – Google LLC doesn’t have anything to do with treating addicts, and the company didn’t send Google contractor named Josh Weum to the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers conference to talk about helping people get clean. He was explaining how to use Google to cash in on America’s $35 billion addiction treatment market. Read more
Narcan Opioid Overdose Spray Is Now Stocked By All Walgreens Pharmacies
NPR (10/26) - It has the power to save lives by targeting opioid overdoses — something that kills more than 140 Americans every day. And now Narcan, the nasal spray that can pull a drug user back from an overdose, is being carried by all of Walgreens' more than 8,000 pharmacies. 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
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.
Why Cocaine Cut With Fentanyl ‘Changes the Game’
USA TODAY (10/20) – For the first time, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation scientists have detected fentanyl, a potentially deadly narcotic, mixed in with samples of cocaine. Scientists in Nashville and Knoxville recently found fentanyl in three cocaine samples. The discovery points to the continuation of a disturbing trend. Read more
Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages Among Adolescents
SAMHSA (10/16) – Underage substance use is preventable, and adolescents are subjected to influences that may increase their risk for substance use or protect them from it. Substance use prevention programs are designed to reduce the influence of risk factors and increase the influence of protective factors. Read more
Cannabis is Pleasurable Because it Changes Brain's Reward Center on Cellular Level
NEWSWEEK (10/16) – Scientists, behavioral researchers and psychologists have known for years that pot can be addictive. But more research has just been published illustrating just how weed can act on our brains. A group of neuroscientists has studied how “long-term exposure” to the active compound in marijuana could affect the way brain cells are implicated in addiction. They found that the activity of certain neurons they were studying changed over time. Read more
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FDA Says Benzodiazepine Use Not a Bar to Treatment With Methadone or Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction
ADDICTION TREATMENT FORUM (10/24) - Citing the harms of untreated opioid use disorders, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that benzodiazepine use should not preclude the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine. Read more
Teens Who Vape Higher Doses of Nicotine Are More Likely to Become Regular Smokers
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEWS (10/23) – Nicotine is extremely harmful to the developing adolescent brain, USC study finds. Even if it tastes like Gummi Bears and is inhaled as smoke-free aerosol, vaping a higher concentration of nicotine may increase how often teenagers use electronic cigarettes or smoke traditional cigarettes. Read more
The Terrifying New Trend in Heroin Addiction
VICE (10/18) – But if legitimate prescriptions were ever the chief pathway to heroin—and strong evidence has long existed that they might not be—new research and stories like Lesser's suggest the pathway for people who get addicted to opioids is changing. Just like I did in the 1980s, heroin users in America appear to be increasingly going straight to the street drug, skipping the flirtation with pharmaceuticals. Read more
Chronic Alcohol Use Disorder Symptoms Occur Regardless of Social Status
PSYCHIATRY ADVISOR (10/10) – Electrolyte disturbances and acid-base disorders are common occurrences in patients with chronic alcohol-use disorder regardless of social circumstances, according to a review published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more
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