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SCIENCE DAILY (07/05) - Yale health experts warn that current efforts to confront the growth of opioid addiction and overdose deaths must better incorporate an understanding of how women fit into this epidemic. Read more
LGBQ Teens More Likely Than Peers to Use Dangerous Drugs
MEDICAL XPRESS (07/13) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning (LGBQ) teens are at substantially higher risk of substance use than their heterosexual peers, according to a new study led by San Diego State University researchers and published in the American Journal of Public Health. Read more
Disparities in Opioid Abuse Treatment Increased Among Medicaid Recipients, Study Finds
EUREKALERT! (06/25) - The number of Medicaid recipients receiving medication to treat opioid abuse increased sharply in the years after approval of a new drug, but the increase was smaller in poorer counties and areas with larger populations of black and Hispanic residents, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Read more
A New Treatment for Gambling Disorder? The Answer Might Shock You
BASIS (07/17) - For patients with Gambling Disorder, approved medication is nonexistent. However, one promising treatment option for Gambling Disorder is transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This non-invasive procedure involves delivering a low-intensity current through electrodes placed on the scalp to stimulate specific brain regions and modulate neurotransmitter levels. Research has shown that tDCS reduces cravings in patients with substance use disorders. Read more
Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules
THE NEW YORK TIMES (07/16) - The top Massachusetts court unanimously ruled on Monday that a judge can require defendants with substance use disorders to remain drug-free as a condition of probation and send them to jail if they relapse. The case, which challenged a requirement routinely imposed by judges across the country, had been closely watched by prosecutors, drug courts and addiction medicine specialists. For many, it represented a debate over the nature of addiction itself. Read more
Does Stress Affect Drug Use in Rural Communities?
BASIS (07/10) - As drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to rise, researchers are working to gain a better understanding of the factors that affect drug use. This is an especially critical question in rural communities, who face a severe shortage of mental health professionals. Read more
In Medicaid Patients, High Opioid Doses and Concurrent Sedative Use Are Risk Factors for Fatal Opioid Overdose
MEDICAL XPRESS (07/12) - Among Medicaid recipients taking prescription opioids, high opioid doses and concurrent treatment with benzodiazepine sedatives are among the key, potentially modifiable risk factors for fatal overdose, reports a study in the August issue of Medical Care. Read more
Cities Planning Supervised Drug Injection Sites Fear Justice Department Reaction
NPR (07/12) - In parts of the country hit hard by addiction, some public health officials are considering running sites where people can use heroin and other illegal drugs under medical supervision. Advocates say these facilities, known as supervised injection sites, save lives that would otherwise be lost to overdoses and provide a bridge to treatment. Read more
People Are Using Fitbits and Apple Watches to Monitor Their Heart Rate When Binging on Drugs — and Doctors Say It's a Bad Idea
CNBC (07/09) - It isn't likely to come up in casual face-to-face conversation, but scores of users on Reddit forums, Twitter and other social media sites write about the value of their Fitbit or Apple Watch in tracking their use of cocaine, ketamine, speed, and other drugs. Dozens of these threads have popped up in the past few years on the topic, some focused on cocaine and others on MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Read more
More Addiction Specialists Say Complete Abstinence Isn’t the Answer for Those Hooked on Opioids
NPR (07/03) - Even asking how best to wean drug abusers off opioids can raise hackles. Addiction specialists have straddled a philosophical divide over the use of pharmaceuticals in the process. But the side advocating against medication assisted treatment is shrinking in Tennessee and nationwide. Read more
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Hepatitis C Vaccine Could Dramatically Reduce Transmission in People Who Inject Drugs
MEDICAL XPRESS (07/11) - Among the most serious consequences of the opioid epidemic is the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users. A major new study shows that if a hepatitis C vaccine were successfully developed, it would dramatically reduce transmission of hepatitis C among drug users—even though it's unlikely such a vaccine would provide complete immunity. Read more
Study Analyzes Opioid Overdose Risk During and After Pregnancy Among Massachusetts Women
SCIENCEDAILY (07/11) - A study of women giving birth in Massachusetts found a higher level of opioid use disorder than have studies conducted in other states. In a paper published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the research team - consisting of investigators from the Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH) and several academic medical centers, led by a MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) physician - found that opioid overdose events decreased during pregnancy, reaching their lowest level during the third trimester, but then increased during the postpartum period, becoming significantly higher during the second six months after delivery. Read more
People with Alcohol Problems Tend to Wrongly Identify Emotional Faces as Hostile
NEWSWISE (07/02) - The ability to recognize emotion in others’ facial expressions is an important social skill for interpersonal relationships, work interactions, and family life. Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are linked to a number of deficits in reasoning and emotional functions, including difficulty in identifying emotional facial expressions. Read more
With More Opioid Use, People Are More Likely To Get Caught Up In The Justice System
NPR (07/06) - People addicted to prescription opioids or heroin are far more likely to have run-ins with the law than those who don't use opioids, according to a study published Friday in JAMA Network Open. The study provides the first nationwide estimate for the number of people using opioids who end up in the American criminal justice system. Read more
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