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Marijuana Breathalyzer Test Could Be Ready for Market In 2020: Report
THE WASHINGTON TIMES (10/10) – A device that can test whether people are high on pot could hit the streets as early as late next year. Hound Labs have developed a marijuana breathalyzer test — similar to current ones testing for alcohol consumption — that will be able to tell whether someone is stoned up to three hours after smoking. Read more
Vaping-Related Illness Has a New Name: EVALI
STAT NEWS (10/15) – […] The new name, noted Friday in newly issued guidance for clinicians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a sign of the rapidly evolving investigation into the illness, which has sickened 1,299 people across 49 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read more Further Reading:
Sesame Street Aims to Tackle the Opioid Crisis in a Way Kids Can Understand with the Muppet Karli
TIME (10/10) – On Sesame Street, Elmo has a new friend: Karli, an adorably furry, bright green Muppet whose mother is battling addiction. That’s right, it looks like Sesame Street is endeavoring taking on the opioid crisis in a way that kids can understand. Read more
Researchers Investigate Why Certain Brains Are More Vulnerable to Addiction
USC NEWS (10/08) – In a report published Tuesday, researchers in neuroscience, addiction and behavioral health laid out the latest research into what makes individuals vulnerable to substance abuse and dependency, along with new discoveries that may hold the key for successful prevention and treatment for those addicted to opioids and other drugs. Read more
Your Guide to The Massive (And Massively Complex) Opioid Litigation
NPR(10/15) – […] An 11th-hour settlement Monday morning averted what would have been the first trial in a landmark federal case, one involving thousands of plaintiffs at nearly every level of government and defendants from every link in the chain of opioid drug production. Read more
A Strange New Culprit Behind Eating Disorders
THE ATLANTIC (10/18) – […] But the teens hospitalized with a severe infection were 22 percent more likely to be diagnosed with anorexia, 35 percent more likely to be diagnosed with bulimia, and 39 percent more likely to have an eating disorder that doesn’t quite meet the criteria for an anorexia or bulimia diagnosis. Read more
Combat Troops at Higher Risk for Opioid, Heroin Addiction, Study Says
MILITARY TIMES (10/14) – Combat exposure puts U.S. troops and veterans at substantial risk for abusing prescription opioids and even heroin — more so than service members who deployed but never saw a firefight, according to a working paper published last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Read more
Is There a Link Between Drugs for Parkinson Disease and Gambling Disorders?
PSYCHIATRY ADVISOR (10/03) – Pathological gambling was recently identified as a complication of it’s the pharmacological treatment of Parkinson disease. In fact, pathological gambling is an issue for 2.2% to 7% of patients with Parkinson disease on medication — higher than the general population. Read more
Michigan House Passes Bill to Preserve Mental Health Counselors Ability to Practice
DETROIT’S NPR STATION (10/15) – Last Tuesday, the state House unanimously voted 108-0 to approve House Bill 4325 which would allow licensed professional counselors to continue to practice clinical techniques, including diagnosis, psychotherapy and development of treatment plans to address behavioral issues. Read more
The Teenagers So Addicted to Cellphones They're Going to Detox Centers
CNN (10/21) – […] Dr. Lee Jae-won, a psychiatrist who treats smartphone addiction, said that cycle was a symptom of addiction. When humans are stressed, it reduces dopamine in the brain, prompting them to seek other forms of satisfaction. Because teens don't have other ways to relieve stress, they use their smartphones, he said. Read more
It's Not Just Opioids: What Doctors Want You to Know About Benzos
CNN (10/04) – […] In 2016, Cunningham and a team of co-authors published research that showed the number of adults filling a benzodiazepine prescription in the US increased 67% between 1996 and 2013, rising from 8 to nearly 14 million. The amount of benzodiazepine medicine in a prescription also doubled over this time period. Read more
To Tackle Drug Use, Researchers and People with Addiction Alike Turn to Online Forums
UNDARK (10/18) – […] With no real option for in-person treatment, internet-savvy drug users who want to detox have few choices: They can detox blindly, or turn to their peers’ collective knowledge online. Barrat argues that the latter can provide “a safe place for people to talk about what’s going on and to ask questions.” The semi-anonymous nature of the markets may also cut down on some of the violence that comes with street-level dealing, like robbery, theft, and assault, other research has suggested. Read more
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