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U.S. NEWS (02/11) – Implicit biases in doctor’s offices and elsewhere in health care are likely drivers behind stark racial and class divides in drug addiction and overdose deaths in California, a new study suggests. Read more
World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Marijuana Under International Treaties
FORBES (02/01) – Global health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties. The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world. Read more
U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site for Opioids
NPR (02/06) – After months of threats, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia launched a legal challenge on Wednesday against the nonprofit Safehouse, which is hoping to open what could be the nation's first site where people with opioid addiction can use drugs under medical supervision. Read more
Heavy Drinking in Teens Causes Lasting Changes in Emotional Center of Brain
SCIENCE DAILY (02/06) – Lasting changes in the brain caused by drinking that starts in adolescence are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of neural connections in the amygdala -- the part of the brain involved in emotion, fear and anxiety. Read more
Opioid Use Disorder: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Communities
PEW CHARITABLE TRUST (02/07) – The increasing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States has hit rural areas particularly hard. Between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths increased 325 percent in rural counties. Read more
E-Cigarettes Are Effective at Helping Smokers Quit, a Study Says
THE NEW YORK TIMES (01/30) – It has been one of the most pressing unanswered questions in public health: Do e-cigarettes actually help smokers quit? Now, the first, large rigorous assessment offers an unequivocal answer: yes. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that e-cigarettes were nearly twice as effective as conventional nicotine replacement products, like patches and gum, for quitting smoking. Read more
Persistent Low Body Weight in Young Kids Increases Risk for Anorexia Nervosa Later, Study Finds
SCIENCE DAILY (01/31) – A new study has found that a persistent low body mass index (BMI) in children, starting as young as age 2 for boys and 4 for girls, may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa in adolescence. Read more
Depressive Symptoms and Suicidality in Adolescents Using E-Cigarettes and Marijuana (Abstract)
JOURNAL OF ADDICTION MEDICINE (01/24) – E-cigarette use has increased dramatically among adolescents in the past 5 years alongside a steady increase in daily use of marijuana. This period coincides with a historic rise in depression and suicidal ideation among adolescents. Read more
Sports Betting Is Legal. Watch Out. (Opinion)
BLOOMBERG (01/20) – [...] Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that had effectively banned sports betting outside of Nevada for nearly three decades. Since then, eight states have approved legal wagering, and another 20 or so are considering it. Read more
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Hawaii Is Considering a Bill That Bans Cigarette Sales to Anyone Under 100
CNN (02/07) – [...] Hawaii has some of the most restrictive cigarette laws in the nation. In 2016, it became the first state to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21. Now, its new bill calls for raising the cigarette-buying age to 30 by next year, up to 40, 50 and 60 in each subsequent year, and up to 100 by 2024. Read more
Neuroimaging Study Sheds New Light on How a Dose of THC Changes the Brain
PSYPOST (01/19) – New neuroimaging research provides new insight into how tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, affects the human brain. The study found that THC increases glutamate concentrations in the striatum, a major brain structure involved in the coordination of body movement, decision-making and the initiation of action. Read more
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- Identifies SUD – even when someone is reluctant to self-disclose.
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- Screens for multiple levels of severity.
- Distinguishes likely SUD from other psychological disorders.
- Useful in developing treatment plans and goals.
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FDA Wants to Curb Abuse of Imodium, 'the Poor Man's Methadone'
THE WASHINGTON POST (01/30) – The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products to curb abuse by people with drug addictions. Read more
Arizona Pushes to Declare Porn a Public Health Crisis
AZ CENTRAL (02/07) – Citing concerns about the proliferation of erotic images online and their "toxic" effect on behavior, Arizona lawmakers are pushing to declare pornography a public health crisis. Read more
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