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Exploring the Connection Between Alcohol and Dementia
Q. Is there a difference between alcoholic dementia and “regular” dementia in the elderly?
A. Dementia refers to the general category of diseases that cause acquired cognitive loss, usually in later life, said Dr. Mark S. Lachs, director of geriatrics for the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. Such loss has scores of possible causes, he said, but Alzheimer’s disease is the culprit in a vast majority of cases in the developed world. Please click here to continue reading.
Substance abuse journal calls for changes regarding pejorative language
In a ground-breaking editorial article published in Substance Abuse journal, the Editorial Board encourages researchers, reviewers, and even readers to consider and change some common terminology used to describe alcohol and other drug use and disorders, individuals affected by these conditions, their related behaviors, treatment, and recovery. Substance Abuse journal is the first scientific addiction journal to attempt to do so. Please click here to continue reading.
10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use
Nearly 10 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were illicit drug users in 2013, and almost 20 million said they used marijuana, making it the most widely used drug, U.S. health officials reported recently. Please click here to continue reading.
Teens living with two college-educated parents less likely to use alcohol and marijuana
A high school senior who lives with two college-educated parents is significantly less likely to drink alcohol or smoke marijuana than a teenager who lives with one parent, a new University of Texas at Arlington study has found. Please click here to continue reading.
Global Commission on Drug Policy Says Most Illegal Drugs Should be Decriminalized
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, largely composed of former world leaders, is calling on governments to decriminalize most illegal drugs, including heroin and cocaine. Please click here to continue reading.
Seeing aging as positive may improve mental health
A new nationally representative study of older military veterans finds that poor mental health is linked to negative age stereotypes, and those who view getting old as positive appear to have a lower risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The researchers suggest if media, everyday conversations and marketing were to convey more positive views of aging, it could improve mental health. Please click here to continue reading.
The rites of passage - the Duke life strikes again
I turned 21 this weekend. Hooray! I can buy alcohol -- and in my native state of Colorado, weed! What freedom! Parties are going to be so much more fun! Please click here to continue reading.
Cheap Drinks and Risk-Taking Fuel College Drinking Culture
There's no question that alcohol is a factor in the majority of sexual assaults on campus. And alcohol is abundant and very present at most colleges today. Please click here to continue reading.
XenoPort And NIAAA To Test Alcoholism Treatment
The alcohol research arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and XenoPort, Inc. have announced they will partner to test an extended-release version of gabapentin in preventing heavy drinking relapses in adults with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Please click here to continue reading.
The New D.A.R.E. Program—This One Works
The “keepin’ it REAL” substance-abuse curriculum focuses on elementary and middle-school students’ decisions, not drugs. If you were one of millions of children who completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or D.A.R.E., between 1983 and 2009, you may be surprised to learn that scientists have repeatedly shown that the program did not work. Despite being the nation’s most popular substance-abuse prevention program, D.A.R.E. did not make you less likely to become a drug addict or even to refuse that first beer from your friends. Please click here to continue reading.
9 Common Questions About a Drug That Saves Lives
In my last column, we talked about naloxone (trade name, Narcan) as a safe, inexpensive, and highly effective prescription medication that temporarily blocks the effects of opioids, reversing the life-threatening respiratory depression that results from an overdose. Although a growing number of public health programs are available around the country to provide people at risk of overdose, their families, and peers with overdose prevention training and take-home naloxone doses, much misinformation and many questions remain about it. Please click here to continue reading.
Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America. Today, 2013 national survey data as well as information on the efforts and resources being taken to address these problems is being released in conjunction with the 25th annual observance of National Recovery Month. Please click here to continue reading.
Neural Plasticity Highlighted by Brain’s Response to Addiction
A new research study concluded that the malleability of the brain through addictive stimuli should prompt a wide range of treatments. Please click here to continue reading.
A three-pronged strategy to stay ahead of drug test cheaters
The first part of this article examined the creative ways in which some individuals try to beat a drug test. In order to beat cheaters at their own game, it is important to know what you're looking for in terms of a urine sample that is not right. Labs primarily look at two things when confirming the validity of a urine specimen: creatinine, which is present in all urine; and specific gravity, the urine’s density. Please click here to continue reading.
Buyer Be Aware - Advertisements for Intervention Training need to be carefully considered!
I see these offers for Interventionist Training all the time and I become quite concerned that we are not telling our public that the training is a very small part of the overall picture with regard to the requirements to become a CIP. So if you are tempted think about all of the requirements not just the training. Please click here to continue reading.