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Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending October 17, 2014



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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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending October 10, 2014



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Rush to quality: Fla. probe of sober homes fuels interest in best-practices summit
The fallout from an ongoing investigation into insurance fraud and related practices in South Florida's recovery homes and primary treatment centers is having a beneficial effect for leaders of the national association promoting standards of operation for sober residences. Please click here for more.

Stoners on the job: Nearly 10% of Americans went to work high
A new report has found nearly 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on marijuana. Mashable.com conducted the survey in partnership with SurveyMonkey, and found 9.7 percent of Americans fessed up to smoking cannabis before showing up to the office. Please click here for more.

New App Helps Guide Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal
A 42-year-old investment banker arrives at the emergency department with complaints of nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and tremor. He drinks alcohol every day—often at business lunches, and at home every evening. Worried about his health, he decided to quit drinking and had his last scotch 24 hours before coming to emergency. Please click here for more.

Reversing the effects of binge drinking on mental health
Alcohol binge drinking is bad at any age. But binge drinking if you're young and have a mental health issue is a recipe for disaster. Please click here for more.

U.S. Online Gambling Market Could Hit $5.2 Billion By 2020: Morgan Stanley
According to research from Morgan Stanley, the online gambling industry in the United States could hit $5.2 billion in 2020, if there are at least 20 states to have legalized the activity by then. Right now, just Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have legal online gambling. New Jersey’s industry yields more than $10 million a month; Nevada’s is about $1 million a month, and Delaware’s has reached as high as $240,000 for a single month. Please click here for more.

U.S. heroin deaths double in link to prescription painkillers: CDC
The over-prescribing of painkillers is fuelling nearly 17,000 annual deaths from overdoses in the United States as well as a rise in heroin use, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please click here for more.

The online illicit drug economy is booming. Here’s what people are buying.
In October 2013, the FBI shut down Silk Road, a thriving online black market where, with a bit of technical know-how, you could to purchase things like illicit drugs, forged documents and weapons. Think Amazon, but for drugs and other not-so-legal things. The FBI may have hoped that shutting down Silk Road would take a bite out of illicit drug sales online. But if anything, it appears the opposite has happened. Please click here for more.

When a Client Has a Drug AddictionThe adviser eventually fired the client after his repeated lapses.
When a client has a drug addiction, it often becomes an adviser’s problem, too. Just ask Karen McIntyre. She had lost a client who unexpectedly died due to medical negligence, but the late client’s 40-year-old husband stayed on. The man eventually received over a million dollars from a malpractice claim. Please click here for more.

 Is Marijuana Harmful?
As decriminalization efforts take off, scientists aim to understand marijuana's adverse health effects.
As more states consider decriminalizing marijuana, the scientific and public health communities are beginning to catch up with answers to some of the tough research questions about broad usage of the drug in the general population. Please click here for more.

 What a Pain! FDA Fires Back At Critics of its Zohydro Policy
After months of intensifying criticism over its decision to approve the Zohydro ER prescription painkiller, the FDA is trying to push back. Please click here for more.

 Schools Key to Reaching Kids With Mental Health Needs, Experts Say
Schools can play a crucial role in helping the 10 percent to 20 percent of children worldwide who would benefit from some form of mental health treatment, experts say. Please click here for more.

 Hardly anyone uses heroin. So why do we keep freaking out about it?
Heroin deaths are on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The overdose death rate from heroin doubled in two years, from 1 death per 100,000 population in 2010 to 2.1 deaths in 2012. These statistics are alarming, and they are likely to add to a collective heroin freak-out that's been ongoing since at least February this year, when Philip Seymour Hoffmann overdosed on heroin and some other drugs. But it's important to keep these numbers in context. Please click here for more.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending October 3, 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.

DEA needs to ban 250 chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana, Schumer says
Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal Drug Enforcement Agency needs to speed up its fight against synthetic marijuana. The Democrat says Sunday that he's urging the agency to use its existing authority to ban more than 250 chemicals used in the synthetic drugs. More of this story here.

PCMA: How Congress Can Fight Prescription Drug Fraud and Abuse
Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt today outlined policy solutions that could reduce prescription fraud and abuse in Medicare Part D at a Capitol Hill briefing, "Prescription Opioid Abuse: Fighting Back on Many Fronts," sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and PCMA. More of this story here.

Colleges help vulnerable students caught in ‘Red Zone’
Add training programs to keep the first weeks of college safer
College administrators call it the Red Zone: The weeks between Labor Day and Thanksgiving when college students are believed to be most at risk of sexual assault. It is also a period when students are more prone to accidental injury and alcohol poisoning, experts say. More of this story here.

When men drink, their smiles get more ‘contagious’
When bros share brews, they also start sharing smiles, according to a new study published in Clinical Psychological Science. That could explain why men are much more likely to drink in excess than women are -- they just have more fun. More of this story here.

Researchers Identify Brain Changes in Alcohol-Related Sleep Disturbances
Chronic alcohol exposure can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle.
Drinking too much can make you “pass out” or ease into sleep faster, but we all know the truth: Drunk sleep is the worst. More of this story here.

Instagram has a drug problem
Instagram has ushered in a golden age for the drug trade.
You read that correctly: Thousands of accounts — perhaps many more — are currently selling marijuana, prescription pills, ecstasy, and other narcotics in the Internet equivalent of an open-air drug market. It operates like the notorious Silk Road (a marketplace for anonymous, and often illicit, trade) — except it’s a thousand times more user-friendly, and it hasn’t been shut down. More of this story here.

Is Drug Addiction Genetic?
In the new Vanity Fair cover story, Robert Downey Jr. talks about his struggles with drugs and his concern that he may have passed on an addictive personality to his son (his oldest child, Indio, was arrested for cocaine possession this summer and recently entered a guilty plea). More of this story here.

Tobacco Use and Mental Illness: A Wake-Up Call for Psychiatrists
Tobacco use results in numerous consequences for individuals with mental illnesses and other substance use disorders, yet it is not adequately addressed by behavioral health professionals, including psychiatrists. More of this story here.

When transit agencies run short on cash, should they sell alcohol ads to get it?
The public transit agency in Atlanta is running a pilot program this year to test one potential source of new revenue for the cash-strapped system: ads inside train stations and on buses and trains for alcohol. More of this story here.

An alcohol treatment that lets people drink
Earlier this year, Jane decided she was drinking too much. She would have a couple of brandies at noon and up to three glasses of wine at night. Her drinking wasn't causing problems with her husband. But Jane, 69, was disappointed with herself and worried about her health. More of this story here.

Public Feels More Negative Toward People with Drug Addiction Than Those with Mental Illness
People are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness, and don’t support insurance, housing, and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. More of this story here.

Catholic Colleges Are Working to Address Binge Drinking on Campus
Binge drinking is a problem on college and university campuses around the country, and a recent Arlington Catholic Herald article discusses what some Catholic colleges are doing to remedy the situation.  Two of the campuses featured in the article—Christendom College and The Catholic University of America—are also recommended in The Newman Guide, which includes a section describing campus policies for promoting the virtue of sobriety. More of this story here.

What Happens to Patients When Mental Health Clinics Close?
It's hard to find definitive answers, but experts shared three common scenarios. More of this story here.

Banning Frats?
Wesleyan University announced that its fraternities would have to go coeducational amid a push from students and faculty members who say that fraternities encourage sexism and mistreatment of women. Clemson University suspended all fraternity activity following a member's fatal plunge from a bridge. More of this story here.