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NIH Director: Agency is Looking at Alcohol Industry Influence ‘in a Very Aggressive Way’
STAT (04/11) – The controversy over research conducted by the National Institutes of Health on the health impacts of moderate drinking has reached Capitol Hill, where a lawmaker on Wednesdaystridently questioned the agency’s director, Francis Collins, over the NIH’s reportedly cozy relationship with the alcohol industry. Read more
Opioids Kill. Here’s How an Overdose Shuts Down Your Body
SCIENCE NEWS (04/10) – U.S. deaths from opioid overdoses are mounting with breathtaking speed. These powerful drugs — including heroin, morphine and fentanyl — can relieve pain and evoke intense feelings of pleasure. But the same drugs, whether prescribed by a doctor or bought on the street, can quickly turn deadly by simultaneously messing with crucial systems in the body.Read more
Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit
NEW YORK TIMES (04/07) – Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses of the antidepressant she had taken for three years, on and off, and was desperately trying to quit. Read more
DEA’s Opioid Crackdown Brings Arrests of Prescribers, Pharmacists
WASHINGTON POST (04/02) – The Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 28 drug prescribers and pharmacists, and revoked the licenses of 147 people who handle controlled substances, as part of a nationwide crackdown on the illegal use and distribution of opioids and other prescription medications, the Justice Department announced Monday. Read more
Addiction Drug’s Side Effect: More Overdoses?
PROPUBLICA (04/03) – At the very moment that the Trump administration has thrown its weight behind a particular medication meant to deter opioid addiction, a new paper in a public-health journal is warning that too little is known about one of the medication’s possible downsides: a heightened chance of overdose among those who stop taking it prematurely. 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.
Poll: Most Americans View Addiction as Disease, but Stigmatizing Views Persist
THE FIX (04/10) – Despite nationwide efforts to destigmatize drug use disorders, a new survey has found that some Americans remain skeptical of those struggling with dependency. The survey, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that while a majority of Americans do recognize prescription drug addiction as a disease, some would not welcome those suffering into their environment. Read more
Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes
KAISER HEALTH NEWS (03/21) – The inspiration arrived in a haze at a Paul McCartney concert a few years ago in San Francisco. […] He started thinking: San Franciscans would never tolerate those levels of cigarette smoke in a public place anymore. So why were they OK with pot smoke? Did people just assume that cannabis smoke isn’t harmful the way tobacco smoke is? Read more
Where Smoking Kills, and Why
CITY LAB (03/29) – The Tobacco Atlas shows how even non-smokers feel the public health impacts of the industry. […] “I think it’s an important connection to make because we don’t often think of things like tobacco as being related to infectious diseases,” said Schluger. “Smokers have a much higher risk of developing the active form [of TB].” Read more
The Opioid Crisis Isn't a Metaphor (Opinion)
BUZZFEED NEWS (04/03) – There is a tendency, among those lucky enough to not be personally affected, to speak about the opioid epidemic in sweeping cultural and political language, declaring it a symptom of all that ails the country. People invoke shuttered factories and jobless towns, turning nationwide addiction to a deadly chemical into another front in the culture wars. Read more
Tiny Juul Device Getting U.S. Teens Hooked on Vaping
MEDICAL XPRESS (04/11) – Tiny e-cigarette devices that look like USB drives are making it tough for parents and educators to keep their kids from vaping. And these devices are producing a new generation of nicotine-addicted Americans, experts say. "The way these products are able to be used without any sort of detection from adults is very much consistent with something that would appeal to a kid[.]" Read more
Surgeon General's Advisory: More Should Carry Antidote to Counter Opioid Overdoses
USA TODAY (04/05) – The U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory Thursday urging more Americans to carry naloxone, which can reverse the opioid overdoses that kill a person every 12½ minutes in this country. Dr. Jerome Adams said people at risk of an opioid overdose, as well as their family and friends, should keep the antidote on hand. Many police officers and emergency medical technicians already carry it. Read more
Marijuana Use Tied to Fatal Car Crashes
NEW YORK TIMES (04/04) – April 20 has become known as a day to celebrate the pleasures of marijuana consumption with parties that traditionally begin at 4:20 p.m. But a study in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that the high spirits may have a price: a significant increase in fatal car wrecks after the “4/20” party ends. Read more
How Oregon Bucked National Trends and Reduced Opioid Deaths
OPB PUBLIC RADIO (04/09) – The death rate from opioids continues to increase across the United States. But in Oregon, it has actually decreased over the past few years — by as much as 25 percent. So, what’s Oregon doing differently? One of the first ways Oregon started reducing its reliance on opioids was through education. Read more
Nearly 1 Million People Were out of the Workforce Because of Opioid Addiction in 2015, According to Study
WASHINGTON POST (03/27) – A study released Tuesday by the American Action Forum found 919,400 people between the ages of 25 to 54 were absent from the workforce because they were dependent on opioid drugs, a number that grew each year between 1999 and 2015. The loss of employees and their productivity during that period cost the U.S. economy $702 billion, or just under $44 billion per year, the study calculated. Read more
Even Toddlers Endangered by Opioids, Other Addictive Drugs
CONSUMER HEALTH DAY (04/10) – The youngest victims of America's addiction crisis are not the teenagers tempted by tobacco, pot and pills. Rather, they are tens of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers who are accidentally poisoned when they get into the drug stash of a parent or older sibling, claims a new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Read more
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