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Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending September 12, 2014



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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.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending September 5, 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.


Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story
As the nation's drug czar continues to warn people about the potential death and destruction from substance abuse, he's also encouraging them to tell their stories about treatment and recovery. Usually he starts with himself. Rest of this article is here.


CADCA Statement on Nomination of Michael Botticelli as U.S. Drug Czar
“CADCA strongly supports President Obama’s decision to nominate Michael Botticelli as our nation’s drug czar. Mr. Botticelli is the ideal person to hold this important position at this time in our nation. Not only does he understand first-hand the challenges associated with substance abuse, treatment and recovery, he has a keen understanding of the science of prevention and values the important role community coalitions play in preventing and reducing teen drug use.  Rest of this article is here.


We Don't Really Know How to Treat Depression and Alcoholism at the Same Time
A person with an alcohol dependence is 3.9 times more likely to have a major depressive disorder than someone without alcohol dependence and there's even some evidence that the genes which make someone susceptible to depression are related to the genes that put people at risk for alcoholism. Rest of this article is here.

Sex, drugs and ... Catholic Colleges
You’ve probably heard the stereotype: Catholic colleges are in denial about their students’ sexual lives and alcohol use. Indeed, it’s true that many Catholic universities traditionally ended the conversations on sex and underage drinking with a simple, “just say no!” And yet, students attending Catholic colleges do not differ from students at other colleges, with sex and drinking nationally starting before college. Rest of this article is here.

Medical marijuana laws may reduce painkiller overdoses
States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Rest of this article is here.

Bid to Expand Medical Marijuana Business Faces Federal Hurdles
Behind a tall curtain of corn that hides their real cash crop from prying eyes, the Stanley family is undertaking an audacious effort to expand their medical marijuana business to a national market. Rest of this article is here.

Marijuana Taxes Are Upheld, But Paying Them Could Incriminate You
Remember Lois Lerner? She’s the IRS Exempt Organizations Chief whose emails disappeared but whose texts revealed bias against conservative groups. She has refused to testify multiple times claiming protection under the Fifth Amendment. The right not to incriminate yourself runs deep in our Constitution. Rest of this article is here.

Could This Gene Make You More Likely To Be An Alcoholic?
Today scientists at the Scripps Research Institute announced they’ve identified a key gene that appears to strongly influence the development of alcoholism and alcohol dependence. The research could prove key to zeroing in on how increased risk for alcoholism runs in families. Rest of this article is here.

National Fraternity Organization to Study Hazing, Alcohol And Sexual Violence
A national fraternity organization this week finalized three presidential committees to study hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual violence among college students in fraternities. Rest of this article is here.

Battling Big Marijuana
Providers in the two states that have legalized marijuana want to put the genie back in the bottle. Data may help. Rest of this article is here.

Princeton University to employee: Give up medical marijuana or lose job
A former Libertarian candidate for the state Senate says his employer, Princeton University, has told him must choose between keeping his job or participating in New Jersey's medical marijuana program. Rest of this article is here.

Is Any Amount of Alcohol Good For Us?
To drink or not to drink? It's a question not easily answered, at least when it comes to our health. Rest of this article is here.

Research compares consequences of teen alcohol and marijuana use
Growing public support for marijuana legalization in the U.S. has led to public debate about whether marijuana is "safer" than other substances, such as alcohol. In January, President Obama also publicly stated he is not convinced that marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. Despite the recent shift in views toward marijuana, the harms of use as compared to alcohol use are not well understood. Rest of this article is here.

Harvard Scientists Studied the Brains of Pot Smokers, and the Results Don't Look Good
The news: Every day, the push toward national legalization of marijuana seems more and more inevitable. As more and more politicians and noted individuals come out in favor of legalizing or at least decriminalizing different amounts of pot, the mainstream acceptance of the recreational use of the drug seems like a bygone conclusion. But before we can talk about legalization, have we fully understood the health effects of marijuana? Rest of this article is here.

Finally, Some Hard Science on Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy Patients
A groundbreaking clinical trial may provide some answers to medical marijuana as a seizure treatment. Rest of this article is here.

What getting medical marijuana is like today vs. what getting medical liquor was like during Prohibition?
During Prohibition, people were able to legally consume alcohol if they received a prescription from a doctor, similar to how residents of some states are able to legally consume marijuana. Here’s how that worked. Rest of this article is here.