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The FDA Just Moved to Limit the Amount of Nicotine in Cigarettes
TIME (03/15) – In a historic step, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving toward limiting the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, in an effort to make them less addictive. The agency on Thursdayannounced that it is proposing a rule that, if enacted, would “lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels.” Read more
The Opioid Diaries (Photoessay)
TIME (03/13) – Like most people, I’d heard about the opioid epidemic. It was especially hard to get my mind around a statistic from 2016: almost as many deaths from drug overdoses as in all of America’s recent wars combined. But numbers are an abstraction. Read more
How Does Resolving Cannabis Problems Differ From Resolving Problems with Alcohol or Other Drugs?
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL (03/05) – Individuals who report having resolved a problem with cannabis use appear to have done so at younger ages than those who resolved problems with alcohol or other drugs, report investigators from the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). 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.
"Eating Addiction" Rather Than "Food Addiction" Better Captures Addictive-Like Eating Behavior
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH (03/01) – “Food addiction” has become a focus of interest for researchers attempting to explain certain processes and/or behaviors that may contribute to the development of obesity. Although the scientific discussion on “food addiction” is in its nascent stage, it has potentially important implications for treatment and prevention strategies. Read more
House Panel to Examine 25 Opioid Bills Next Week
THE HILL (03/14) – The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to consider 25 bills aimed at combating the opioid crisis during a two-day legislative hearing next week. The panel is working to hammer out a series of bipartisan bills with the goal of getting legislation to the House floor by Memorial Day. Read more
More Imprisonment Does Not Reduce State Drug Problems
PEW CHARITABLE TRUST (03/08) – Data show no relationship between prison terms and drug misuse. […] Although federal sentencing laws have succeeded in putting some kingpins and other serious drug offenders behind bars, they have also led to lengthy imprisonment for lower-level offenders. Read more
Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
CDC (03/06) – Data from emergency departments (EDs) show that the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). […] Overall, ED visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 35 percent in these 16 states hit hard by the epidemic. Read more
Overshadowed by the Opioid Crisis: A Comeback by Cocaine
NEW YORK TIMES (03/05) – The opioid epidemic just keeps getting worse, presenting challenges discussed at length at a White House summit last week. But opioids are not America’s only significant drug problem. Among illicit drugs, cocaine is the No. 2 killer and claims the lives of more African-Americans than heroin does. Read more
The High Cost of Eating Disorders
THE FIX (03/08) – There’s a hidden cost to living with eating disorders. Aside from the detriment to one’s health, as well as the mental burden, there’s also the financial cost of continuing this cycle. “The high cost of eating disorders has long gone ignored, but can include a whole range of expenses including binge foods, laxatives, diet teas or pills, clothes of different sizes (as a result of weight fluctuations), gym memberships, or memberships to dieting groups[.]” Read more
Adolescent Exposure to Toxic Volatile Organic Chemicals From E-Cigarettes
AAP NEWS & JOURNALS (03/03) – Although e-cigarette vapor may be less hazardous than tobacco smoke, our findings can be used to challenge the idea that e-cigarette vapor is safe, because many of the volatile organic compounds we identified are carcinogenic. Read more
Death Maps Show Where Despair is Killing Americans
NBC NEWS (03/14) – Researchers have mapped out deaths from alcohol, drugs and violence across the U.S. and found troubling patterns of despair that have worsened in recent years. While deaths from alcohol abuse, suicide and violence are down, they are more than outweighed by a gigantic 600 percent increase in drug overdose deaths, the team at the University of Washington found. Read more
Johann Hari: Does Stigmatizing Addiction Perpetuate It? (Video)
NPR (02/23) – To stop illegal drug use, we typically punish, isolate and shame addicts. Journalist Johann Hari explains how these methods perpetuate addiction, and how human connection can be an effective antidote. Read more
Hip-Hop Music Blamed for Encouraging Drug Use
MEDICAL XPRESS (03/05) – Molly—the powder or crystal form of ecstasy—is a stimulant and hallucinogenic. University of South Florida researchers surveyed young black adults who said they'd tried molly. The investigators found that 82 percent of them said hip-hop music had influenced their decision to try the drug. Read more
Inside the Secret Lives of Functioning Heroin Addicts
CNN (02/27) – They're not slumped over in alleyways with used needles by their sides. Their dignity, at least from outside appearances, remains intact. They haven't lost everything while chasing an insatiable high. They are functioning heroin addicts -- people who hold down jobs, pay the bills and fool their families. Read more
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