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February 3, 2017
Delay of Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Information
LEGAL ACTION CENTER (01/25) - The administration of President Donald Trump has issued a memorandum delaying implementation of all new and pending federal regulations. This regulatory “freeze” impacts the recently-released Final Rule modernizing federal regulations that govern the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records, and the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPRM”) seeking comment on additional proposed changes to those regulations. As a result of the regulatory “freeze,” the confidentiality Final Rule will not become effective until Mar. 20, 2017 at the earliest. Read more
New State Rules Are Forcing Opioid Prescribers to Confront ‘Doctor Shopping’
WASHINGTON POST (01/14) - Over the objections of many doctors and their powerful advocacy groups, states are moving to force physicians to check on patients’ narcotic purchasing habits, one of the more effective ways of curbing opioid abuse as the deadly drug epidemic continues. Read more
The New Administration: Not-So-New ONDCP Drug Strategy, and Old Hands at HHS Guiding the Transition
ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE WEEKLY (01/30) - The drug strategy of the Trump administration is going to look a lot like that under John Walters, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W. Bush, ADAW has learned. The three key issues are prevention, treatment and border control. Read more
Alcohol’s Effects on Immunity - Increasing the Risks for Infection and Injury
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE & ALCOHOLISM - Many people are aware that excessive drinking can be harmful to the liver and other vital organs; however, there is another, less obvious, body system that is vulnerable to the negative effects of alcohol: the immune system. Read more
Citing Opioid Crisis, Obama’s Drug Czar Warns Against Repealing Affordable Care Act
HUFFINGTON POST (01/26) - During his term as the director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli argued that the end of the opioid epidemic would not come about through arrests...Now, Botticelli, whose final day in office was last Friday, has warned that repealing the Affordable Care Act would roll back whatever fragile progress has been made toward that goal. Read more
Foster Youth and Drug Addiction
THE FIX (01/06) - In San Diego, California, the foster care system has on average 5,000 young people in care on any given day. According to a 2016 study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), it is possible that 35% of older youth in foster care have a substance use disorder. Read more
NAADACNew Adult SASSI-4: Exciting Features
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Lack of Awareness Puts Seniors at High Risk for Opioid Abuse
ADDICTION NOW (01/29) - Seniors receive nearly 30 percent of all medications prescribed in the United States and make up 36 percent of the total patient population that uses prescription drugs, according to Ezra Helfand, executive director of the Wellspring Center for Prevention in New Jersey. The primary reason older adults are more susceptible to abuse of prescription medications is their lack of awareness of the risks these drugs pose. Read more
Estimation of National, Regional, and Global Prevalence of Alcohol Use During Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
THE LANCET (01/12) - Alcohol use during pregnancy is the direct cause of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). We aimed to estimate the prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy and FAS in the general population and, by linking these two indicators, estimate the number of pregnant women that consumed alcohol during pregnancy per one case of FAS. Read more
New Report Examines the Non-Medical Use of Opioids Among Women of Childbearing Age
SAMSHA (01/17) - A new report using combined data from a series of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) data sets examines the misuse of opioids among women of childbearing age. At the same time a new report to Congress outlines proposals for helping reduce the risk that this national problem may pose to pregnant women and infants. Read more
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Cannabis Eases Pain But May Increase Risk of Mental Illness, Report Says
THE FIX (01/18) - This month, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report which explores the health effects associated with cannabis and cannabis-derived products...The report considered more than 10,000 scientific abstracts before reaching close to 100 conclusions, according to a statement by the National Academies outlining the in-depth report.Read more
Nicotine Normalizes Brain Activity Deficits That Are Key to Schizophrenia
SCIENCE DAILY (01/23) - A steady stream of nicotine normalizes genetically-induced impairments in brain activity associated with schizophrenia, according to new research involving the University of Colorado Boulder. The finding sheds light on what causes the disease and why those who have it tend to smoke heavily.
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Gene May Help Guide Black Patients' Opioid Addiction Treatment
HEALTH DAY (01/23) - Researchers say they've found a genetic variant associated with opioid addiction, and it might lead to personalized treatment for the condition. Specifically, the variant was found in black Americans affecting the gene OPRM1, which is responsible for the way opioids affect the brain. Researchers at Yale University said this may identify which blacks might require higher doses of methadone. Methadone is an effective treatment for people addicted to heroin. Read more
MRI Brain Scans May Help Identify Risks, Prevent Adolescent Substance Abuse
MEDICAL EXPRESS (02/02) - Neuroimaging of the brain using technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging, or MRIs, increasingly is showing promise as a technique to predict adolescent vulnerability to substance abuse disorders, researchers conclude in a new analysis. A greater understanding of what such technologies offer and continued research to perfect the use of them may ultimately help identify youth at the highest risk for these problems and allow prevention approaches. Read more
Tackling The Growing Problem Of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
MONDAQ (02/01) - The 21st Century Cures Act includes portions of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act of 2016, which was approved by the US House of Representatives in July 2016, but not advanced by the Senate. A substantial portion of the 900+-page legislation relates to mental health and substance use disorders, in line with the rise in mental health and substance use disorder awareness over the last several years. Read more
Frito-Lay Introduces Chip Bag With Alcohol Sensor to Help Prevent Drunk Driving During Super Bowl
NBC MIAMI (01/26) -  With just over a week to go until Super Bowl 51 kicks off, one major chip brand is introducing a new type of bag that aims to tell you if you’re too drunk to drive. Frito-Lay is debuting its new “party safe” bag for Tostitos chips that comes complete with technology that’s meant to act like a Breathalyzer. The company says the alcohol sensor will turn a symbol on the bag red if alcohol is detected while staying green if none is. Read more
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Table of Contents
-Delay of Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Information
-New State Rules Are Forcing Opioid Prescribers to Confront ‘Doctor Shopping’
-The New Administration: Not-So-New ONDCP Drug Strategy
-Alcohol’s Effects on Immunity—Increasing the Risks for Infection and Injury
-Citing Opioid Crisis, Obama’s Drug Czar Warns Against Repealing Affordable Care Act
-Foster Youth and Drug Addiction
-Lack of awareness puts seniors at high risk for opioid abuse
-Estimation of national, regional, and global prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy
-New Report Examines the Non-medical Use of Opioids Among Women of Childbearing Age
-Cannabis Eases Pain But May Increase Risk of Mental Illness
-Nicotine Normalizes Brain Activity Deficits That Are Key to Schizophrenia
-Gene May Help Guide Black Patients' Opioid Addiction Treatment
-MRI Brain Scans May Help Identify Risks, Prevent Adolescent Substance Abuse
-Tackling The Growing Problem Of Mental Health And Substance Use Disorders
-Frito-Lay Introduces Chip Bag With Alcohol Sensor to Help Prevent Drunk Driving During Super Bowl
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paul super bowl family

by Paul Kusiak, Parent Coach

My family lives in New England and we are huge Patriots fans -- we have lots to be excited about.

I’m the father of two sons whom I love very much and am very proud of. I believe my sons work as hard as professional football players do. Every day they overcome adversity and accomplish the task at hand. The ultimate prize isn’t a Super bowl ring, though. The stakes are much higher. The opponent they faced was cunning and powerful enough to exert a deadly grip. What was the serious struggle they both tackled? Substance use.

This has impacted our entire family. At times, my sons fought with all the strength and determination they could muster from their body, mind and spirit. They had treatment and support from friends and family. We stayed in their corner, believed in them and cheered for them.

Young people struggling with substance use and those early on their path to getting well need all the help they can get. As do their parents or primary caregivers.

Do you have a son or daughter who is struggling with substance use? If so, I hope Super Bowl Sunday presents an opportunity for you to have empathy for your child. If you watch the game together, could you lead by example? Would you need to have alcohol there? Consider offering an alcohol-free beverage and have one, too.

Save any urges to argue with your son or daughter. Scream at the game on TV instead. You don’t need to get into a heavy discussion about drugs and alcohol (despite alcohol being advertised heavily during the game). Call a time out if you need to remind yourself about what is most important to you and your family. (I know, sometimes, easier said than done.)

An opportunity might present itself to tell your son or daughter that they can always count on you and come to you for support, guidance or just to spend time together. Try to catch your child doing something good and let him or her know it. Share a fond memory, make his or her favorite appetizer or give a simple pat on the back -- or whatever connection you both need to break the ice.

If you can’t be with your child, a brief phone call can remind him or her how much you care.

My wife and I chose to advocate for our sons when they could not advocate for themselves, especially concerning treatment. We helped them navigate what’s often a broken system of care. We helped to open doors to treatment, but once inside, they did all the heavy lifting. We remained engaged by trying to encourage and motivate them to get well and feel better about themselves. We chose to look at all the good inside them and to believe in them. We may have hated the drugs, but we never stopped loving our kids. Rather than detaching, I guess we attached with love. However, we did let them suffer the negative consequences of their actions. And I certainly cleaned up more messes than I should have based on what I know now.

Today they are fine young men with integrity and wisdom beyond their years. They are my heroes. I’m proud to say they have been on a good path for a very long time. For my youngest son, who is now 29, that means almost 10 years in recovery. And for my oldest son, almost six years. I have learned so much from them and my extremely supportive wife, who has been an amazing mother throughout it all.

This Super Bowl Sunday my family has a lot to be grateful for.

The more we encourage positive change in each other, the more lives can be saved. More families can heal. More young people can get well and go on to realize their tremendous potential.

GO, all you kids out there who are still struggling! We are here for you and believe in you!
GO, all you kids who are on a healthy path of recovery!
GO, all you wonderful, supportive parents!


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