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FDA Clears the Way to Increase Access and Lower Cost of Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Treatment Drug
CNBC (01/17) – [...] The FDA said Thursday it is streamlining the labeling for naloxone, a prescription drug that can reverse an opioid overdose if caught early enough. The change will enable drugmakers to produce over-the-counter versions of the medication that some have criticized as prohibitively expensive and difficult to buy. Read more Further Reading:
Overdose Deaths Tied to Antianxiety Drugs like Xanax Continue to Rise
SCIENCE NEWS (01/17) – [...] In the latest sign of the drug’s impact, the number of overdose deaths involving “benzos” rose from 0.54 per 100,000 in 1999 to 5.02 per 100,000 in 2017 among women aged 30 to 64, researchers report January 11 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That’s a spike of 830 percent, surpassed only by increases seen in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids or heroin. Read more Further Reading:
National Drug Control Strategy: A Report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy
OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY (01/31) – The drug crisis our country faces today is unprecedented. It has evolved over the past several decades and has steadily worsened with time. Every state and county, and every socioeconomic group in our country, is directly affected by the negative consequences of illicit drug use. Read more
FDA Chief Threatens to Take E-Cigarettes Off the Market
NBC NEWS (01/18) – Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb made his most direct threat yet against e-cigarette companies Friday, saying they face an “existential threat” if they don’t stop marketing to youth. Read more
Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths
THE NEW YORK TIMES (01/18) – A new study offers some of the strongest evidence yet of the connection between the marketing of opioids to doctors and the nation’s addiction epidemic. Read more
Study Reveals What Binge Drinking Could Be Doing to Your DNA
FORBES (01/30) – […] Short-term unhealthiness aside, it’s possible binge drinking also alters us at the basic level of our being – in our DNA. That long-lasting genetic change may, in turn, result in stronger alcohol cravings, locking us into a cycle that dismantles health from the inside out. Read more
Peer Recovery Coaches Carve Out Role During Opioid Crisis
TELEGRAM.COM (01/24) – Sometimes, guidance from someone who knows what it’s like to battle addiction can be the boost an individual trying to escape the throes of opioid use disorder needs to succeed. Yet peer recovery coaches, while becoming more widely used in hospital, treatment center and community settings, are still in the early stages of gaining a foothold in the recovery field. Read more
Teen Brain Volume Changes with Small Amount of Cannabis Use, Study Finds
SCIENCE DAILY (01/14) – At a time when several states are moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, new research shows that concerns about the drug's impact on teens may be warranted. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, shows that even a small amount of cannabis use by teenagers is linked to differences in their brains. Read more
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As Problem Drinking Rises in Older Americans, Geriatrician Offers Tips For Those Who Imbibe Over 65
FORBES (01/25) – […] According to epidemiologists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), older adults are drinking alcohol more than ever before. The organization's 2017 study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found that problem drinking is on the rise among older Americans. Read more
The Digital Drug: Internet Addiction Spawns U.S. Treatment Programs
REUTERS (01/27) – […] Psychiatrists such as Young who have studied compulsive internet behavior for decades are now seeing more cases, prompting a wave of new treatment programs to open across the United States. Mental health centers in Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and other states are adding inpatient internet addiction treatment to their line of services. Read more
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Survey Finds Higher Risk of Stroke Among E-Cigarette Users
NPR (01/30) – The use of e-cigarettes is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke, according to research that is scheduled to be presented Feb. 6 at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Honolulu. Read more
WVU Researcher Studies Pregnancy and Eating Disorders
THE REGISTER-HERALD (01/24) – [...] Elizabeth Claydon, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is studying how eating disorders may affect women’s experience of, and attitudes toward, pregnancy. For many women with a current eating disorder, pregnancy can make their unhealthy relationship to food even more so, the release said. Read more
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Addressing Prescription Drug Addiction in Older Adults
US NEWS (01/29) – [...] In fact, between 2002 and 2014, opioid abuse nearly doubled in those 50 and older (from about 1 to 2 percent), while declining in younger age groups. And a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released in September found that, among people 65 and older, opioid-related emergency room visits were up 74 percent from 2010 to 2015 and opioid-related inpatient stays were up 34 percent. Read more
Medical Marijuana Can Now Be Used to Treat Opioid Addiction in N.J.
NJ.COM (01/23) – Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced a broad attack on opioid addiction in New Jersey by adding it to the list of illnesses that qualify residents for medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid coverage for medication-assisted treatment, a scientifically proven method of preventing relapses. Read more
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