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Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending October 24, 2014

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Clinicians See Potential of Mobile Apps
Most mental health clinicians use some form of technology, but that form is typically restricted to word processing and spreadsheets. According to a survey of 401 mental health professionals conducted this summer by Sigma Research Group, fewer than half reported using mental health practice management software. Rest of this story is here.

Alcohol boosts memory for drinkers age 60 and older
The memory of dementia-free adults aged 60 years and older might by improved by just one or two alcoholic drinks per day, new research suggests. The light to moderate consumption of alcohol was also found to be correlated with a larger hippocampus, a portion of the brain key to episodic memory -- recalling the details of specific events.  Rest of this story is here.

ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds
The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms linked to synthetic pot -- also known as "K2" or "Spice" -- have more than doubled in recent years, U.S. officials reported Thursday.  Rest of this story is here.

For Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment, Buprenorphine Maintenance Trumps Detoxification
For treating patients with prescription opioid dependence in primary care, buprenorphine maintenance therapy is superior to detoxification, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers published in the Oct. 20 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Rest of this story is here.

A Pill Could Help Alcoholics, and Let Them Drink in Moderation
For years, a 12-step program laid out in just 200 words has held a virtual monopoly on the treatment of alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is famous, infamous, global and highly influential, and it’s based on giving up booze, completely. Rest of this story is here.

Self-Harm In Teenage Years Predicts Substance Abuse, Lower Grades, and Difficulties at Work
Self-harm can include cutting yourself, burning yourself, banging your head, sticking hurtful objects into your body, or taking too many pills. While some people self-harm only once or twice and then abandon the behavior, others do it routinely. Now, a new study finds self-harming teens are more likely to develop emotional problems while also encountering difficulties at both school and work later in life. Rest of this story is here.

#14 Days: A cry for compassion in treating addiction
How is it possible to have compassion for someone whom you believe is choosing to live a life of drug addiction? Someone who chooses drugs over their families, over their children, over their job? Rest of this story is here.

Life Without Alcohol: 2 Women, One 30-Day Physical And Mental Challenge
Two writers at Medical Daily found going alcohol-free for a month could be more psychologically insightful than physically challenging.
Americans love to drink. In fact, 66 percent of Americans admit to enjoying an occasional alcoholic beverage, and over half say they drink at some point in the week. We at Medical Daily are not exempt from these figures and embarked on our 30-day challenge with more than a drop of reservation. Going without alcohol, for even a period as long as a month, came with few physiological changes, but it was the psychological insight that truly surprised us. Rest of this story is here.

Teens playing high-contact sports at risk for using drugs, alcohol
Teens who play sports like football, wrestling, hockey or lacrosse are more likely to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes or marijuana than student athletes who play noncontact sports, according to a new University of Michigan study. Rest of this story is here.

The State Of Drug Use in America, In 9 Maps
America just doesn't do drugs like it used to. From opiates to alcohol, American substance use has shifted drastically in recent decades. Rest of this story is here.

As Targeted Fla. Sober Home Closes, Attention Shifts to Legislation, Regulation
A South Florida sober home that was the target of a high-profile raid by federal and state authorities last month has shut operations, and prospects for similar enforcement actions in the near future have leaders in the recovery residence community optimistic about 2015 state legislation to help weed out unscrupulous providers of recovery housing and substance use treatment services. Rest of this story is here.

Pot vs. Beer: Legalization Advocates Push Comparison of Marijuana and Alcohol
David Boyer has challenged South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins to a “hit for shot” duel in a public park. For every shot of alcohol Googins takes, Boyer would take a toke of marijuana, and the crowd would decide who was in worse physical condition in the end. Rest of this story is here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending October 17, 2014

The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by NCADD of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply respond to it and stating “DELETE ME” in the subject line.

No, Marijuana Is Not Actually “As Addictive As Heroin”
You may have read this week that a new "20-year research study" on marijuana use "finally demolishes claims that smoking marijuana is harmless," and has found that it "makes you stupid," that "smoking marijuana over the long-term can develop cancer" [SIC], and that marijuana is "as addictive as heroin." At least, that's what you'd conclude if you'd read most media coverage of the study. But if you'd actually read the study yourself (which I highly recommend!), you'd likely walk away with very different conclusions. Please continue reading here.

Getting Drunk on Expectations
In the second episode of Freaks and Geeks—Judd Apatow’s 1999 cult classic coming-of-age dramedy—younger brother Sam Weir panics when his sister Lindsay agrees to host a party while their parents are out of town. Motivated by fear of punishment and a misplaced sense of chivalry, Sam and his friends switch the party keg with one stocked with non-alcoholic beer. Later in the evening, they emerge from their hiding place and are shocked to find kids slurring their words, stumbling around, and acting altogether intoxicated. Please continue reading here.

Drug czar: Teen pot use could fuel opioid abuse
The nationwide trend toward legalization of marijuana is making it harder for health care and law enforcement officials to fight the nation’s most dangerous drug problem - rampant abuse of prescription opioids, the Obama administration’s senior advisor on drug policy said. Please continue reading here.

Meet the Scientists Who May Have Found the Cure For Drug Addiction
Researchers are closer than ever before to finding a cure for dependence on stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. But will big pharma and the FDA stand in the way? Please continue reading here.

Fixing the Broken Mental Health System
Martin was 20 years old when he was arrested for the second time. Responding to auditory hallucinations, his aggressive behaviors endangered people on the street and in his apartment building. While incarcerated at Rikers Island (New York City's now infamous jail, where thousands of others with serious mental illness reside), he received antipsychotic medication. When released, however, he discontinued the medication and became ill again, reoffended and ended up with a lengthy stay at an upstate prison. Life there fostered survival-based antisocial behaviors that would make community reintegration even more problematic upon release. Please continue reading here.

$200 million investment will launch major science-based treatment chain
A prominent Philadelphia-area real estate developer who has transformed brownfields into vibrant commercial and residential communities is spearheading an initial $200 million of investment into around a dozen new addiction treatment centers, saying he wants to elevate the treatment of addictions to the same level of quality and hospitality that he sees in treatment of other chronic illnesses such as cancer. Please continue reading here.

How New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Law Works
Governor opposed to medicinal-pot program has now implemented it, but critics see it as country’s most restrictive. Please continue reading here.

Of Pain, People, Pot, Politics, Public Figures, and Priorities -- Part 1
As Election Day approaches, the backers on both sides of the ballot initiative for legalizing Medical Marijuana in Florida, otherwise known as Amendment 2 are really getting fired up. Please continue reading here.

Study Examines How Doctors Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
As prescription drug abuse and overdose have escalated nationwide, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) were implemented in every state, but little is known about the types of clinicians who make the most use of PDMPs. Please continue reading here.

France, where children sip wine, wants to end binge drinking
When the French school semester started in September, most college students had no lack of drinking opportunities. As is common in other countries, French freshmen are usually encouraged to drink heavily in initiation ceremonies. But soon the excessive drinking could face a sudden end. According to a French draft health bill, inciting binge drinking could be punishable with up to a year in jail or a hefty fine. Please continue reading here.

Ecstasy and Acid in Your Medicine Cabinet? Doctors Explore Psychedelics
Psychedelics, the drugs of choice for many in the 1960s counterculture movement, may be making a comeback in the most straight-laced of places: research labs and doctors’ offices. Please continue reading here.

55 universities join Jed and Clinton health program to address mental health, student safety
More than 55 colleges and universities have joined the Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, a collaborative effort to address mental health on campuses across the country. Previously, the Jed Foundation and Clinton Foundation worked separately on mental health issues. Together, they hope to help schools prevent the two leading causes of mortality among young adults – accidents, including those caused by substance abuse and suicide. Please continue reading here.