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What Does It Mean When We Call Addiction a Brain Disorder?
NIDA (03/23) – As a young scientist in the 1980s, I used then-new imaging technologies to look at the brains of people with drug addictions and, for comparison, people without drug problems. As we began to track and document these unique pictures of the brain, my colleagues and I realized that these images provided the first evidence in humans that there were changes in the brains of addicted individuals that could explain the compulsive nature of their drug taking.” Read more
Gabapentin and Opioids a Potentially Deadly Combination
PAIN MEDICINE NEWS (03/19) – Patients taking prescription opioids and gabapentin concomitantly have a 49% greater risk for opioid-related death than those treated with opioids only, according to a new Canadian study. […] Among opioid users with an opioid-related death, 12.3% (155/1,256) were prescribed gabapentin during the previous 120 days, compared with 6.8% of controls (313/4,619). Read more
Federal Agency Courted Alcohol Industry to Fund Study on Benefits of Moderate Drinking
NEW YORK TIMES (03/17) – […] The documents and interviews show that the institute waged a vigorous campaign to court the alcohol industry, paying for scientists to travel to meetings with executives, where they gave talks strongly suggesting that the study’s results would endorse moderate drinking as healthy. Read more
National Group Wants States, Leagues to Put Problem Gambling Front and Center for Sports Betting
LEGAL SPORTS REPORT (03/29) – If a national expansion of legal sports betting legislation is on the horizon, Keith Whyte wants to ensure that potential problem gamblers are atop the minds of lawmakers. Whyte is the head of the National Council of Problem Gambling, which released this month a set of guidelines designed to provide a framework for legislators and lobbyists working on sports betting. Read more Further reading:
How Women Experience Addiction Differently Than Men
FORBES (03/19) – While men are more likely than women to develop addiction, women are more likely to face greater challenges. Women experience addiction-related medical or social consequences faster than men, find it harder to quit, and are more vulnerable to relapse. Let’s explore the effect of specific substances on women. 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.
From America’s Warriors to Victims of Its Opioid Epidemic
HUFFINGTON POST (03/18) – When Cpl. Darin Adams got back from serving in Iraq in 2009, he suffered from sharply painful back spasms ― a lingering symptom of an injury from falling off a ladder in the armory during his second deployment. After the fall, it didn’t occur to him to take off any time to rest, and he resumed carrying his 75-pound rucksack the next day. Read more
Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoid May Enable Drug Addiction Recovery
NIDA (03/26) – An animal study found that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive chemical in marijuana, may help reduce the risk of drug and alcohol relapse. The research, conducted by the Scripps Research Institute, was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, both part of the National Institutes of Health. Read more
The Road Back to Good Health
YALE MEDICINE (03/28) – Each year substance use disorder robs millions of people of health, self-respect, and even life. Patients who make their way to treatment follow an arduous path. The project’s deceptively simple mission: to screen patients for substance use disorders, conduct a brief negotiation interview, and refer patients to treatment (a trio of actions abbreviated to SBIRT). Read more
How to Prevent Overdose Deaths: 911 Good Samaritan Laws
THE FIX (03/26) – [...] The 911 Good Samaritan Law is designed to encourage people to call and seek medical attention when experiencing or witnessing an overdose... Its implementation is a valiant attempt to remove any apprehension that people may experience when faced with the decision to call or not to call. However, it is only effective in doing so if people are aware of its existence. Read more
Tracking Ecstasy in America
ADDICTION NOW (03/23) – In this project, we set out to study the national distribution of one substance: ecstasy, or MDMA, compressed into a pill, often with other chemicals. […] By tracking such reports by location, we’ve uncovered the prevalence of popular varieties of ecstasy in various regions across the nation. Read more
5 Myths About Using Suboxone to Treat Opiate Addiction
HARVARD HEALTH (03/20) – Suboxone, a combination medication containing buprenorphine and naloxone, is one of the main medications used for medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for opiate addiction. Use of MATs has been shown to lower the risk of fatal overdoses by approximately 50%. Read more
The People Trump's War on Drugs Will Actually Punish
THE ATLANTIC (03/26) – The War on Drugs 3.0 began in earnest just last week. And it could have the same devastating effect on communities of color as the ones that came before. In Manchester, New Hampshire—the hardest-hit city in a state that’s become the epicenter of America’s opioid crisis—President Trump announced a new plan ostensibly designed to combat the epidemic. Read more
Learning How to Eat Again After Recovering From Addiction
SLATE (03/20) – As part of a growing movement to provide comprehensive care to people in recovery, a new class aims to help them re-establish a relationship with food. The class is among the first of its kind in the nation and is part of a growing recognition that addiction is a complex chronic health condition that deserves care and attention on many fronts. Nutrition class is no replacement for the life-saving medicines that can be used to treat addiction or reverse an overdose.” Read more
How America’s Prisons Are Fueling the Opioid Epidemic
VOX (3/26) – […] When an inmate addicted to opioids is released from prison, his chances of a fatal overdose are massively elevated: According to a 2007 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, former inmates’ risk of a fatal drug overdose is 129 times as high as it is for the general population during the two weeks after release. Read more
Officials Asking DEA to Lift Ban on Mobile Methadone Vans
THE INFLUENCE (03/23) – […] U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which regulates dispensing of the addiction medicine, has declined to license any new methadone vans since 2007, due to concerns about potential misuse of the medication. Officials in some states and cities are asking the DEA to lift its moratorium to expand the use of the vans to help fight the opiate epidemic. Read more
New Opioid Prescription Limit Announced By American Dental Association
THE FIX (03/29) – A new study shows that rates of opioid prescribing from dentists increased, even while overall rates of opioid prescriptions declined as providers became more aware of the risks of these drugs. Read more
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