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Friday, April 11, 2014

ATOD & Advocacy Recap - Week ending April 11, 2014

RIA study proposes new treatment method for alcohol problems
A study published by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) suggests a new approach to help certain people stop drinking. “For people who report problem drinking in negative emotional situations, such as depression, anxiety or stress, we have developed a promising treatment approach that shows greater reductions in alcohol use when compared to standard treatment,” says study director Paul Stasiewicz, senior research scientist at RIA. Please click here for more of this story.

Despite Obamacare, a gaping hole in addiction treatment
Despite Obamacare mandate, a dated federal law limits the number of beds available for drug and alcohol treatment via Medicaid
The Affordable Care Act, which promises sweeping changes to help millions of people with drug or alcohol addiction, requires that treatment be offered to those who are newly insured through the insurance exchanges or Medicaid, the government health plan for the poor and disabled. Please click here for more of this story.

Despite Support in Party, Democratic Governors Resist Legalizing Marijuana
California voters strongly favor legalizing marijuana. The state Democratic Party adopted a platform last month urging California to follow Colorado and Washington in ending marijuana prohibition. The state’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, has called for legalizing the drug. But not Gov. Jerry Brown. “I think we ought to kind of watch and see how things go in Colorado,” Mr. Brown, a Democrat, said curtly when asked the question as he was presenting his state budget this year. Please click here for more of this story.

Alcohol issues can be addressed during treatment
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, and according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, roughly 18 million people across the U.S. are addicted to alcohol.
In addition to the unhealthy factors that come with addiction, alcohol abuse often strains relationships with families, friends and co-workers. It can also lead to cardiovascular disease, liver disease and certain forms of cancer. Please click here for more of this story.

Legal pot becomes a touchy workplace issue
Last month, Colorado diner owner Mark Rose posted an unusual job description: "Looking for part time experienced breakfast cook. Pays well, must be friendly and a team player, could turn into a full time gig by summer. 420 friendly a must." With that public declaration, Rose put himself squarely in the camp of employers acknowledging that marijuana use is perfectly legal in Colorado. Perhaps more significant, it also puts him in the camp of employers who officially don't care if their employees use pot off-duty. The phrase "420" is shorthand for someone who uses marijuana. Please click here for more of this story.

Medical-Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill
More than 100 marijuana-legalization advocates went to Washington to lobby lawmakers on a subject that has seen little action in Congress despite a rising tide of Americans supporting legalization for medical purposes. Medical-marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill on Monday to push for legislation that would prohibit the federal government from restricting state medical-marijuana laws. Please click here for more of this story.

Twice as many men get substance abuse treatment as women
Twice as many men age 18 and older -- 1.2 million -- entered substance abuse treatment facilities in 2011, compared to about 609,000 females. A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, using data from 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found among teens ages 12 to 17, the rate of substance dependence for both genders was the same at about 7 percent. Please click here for more of this story.

Why is underage drinking targeted when studies suggest it is in decline?
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) also selects a different theme each year for their campaign to focus on. As such, this year, Alcohol Awareness Month is tackling the issue of underage drinking. Alcohol Awareness Month is supported by the alcohol industry, whose brewers regularly announce new policies and programs aimed at diminishing harms associated with drinking. Recently, these have included working with taxi firms to provide discounted cab fares for drinkers in an effort to reduce drunk driving. However, when it comes to underage drinking, statistics can be wielded to present very different perspectives on the issue. Please click here for more of this story.

Colorado's landmark marijuana experiment
“No thank you,” I said to the professional assistant who asked if I needed anything as I waited for the accountant to arrive in the conference room. The office was that of a typical CPA firm of about 20 accountants and a dozen support staff. One would not have known that one-third of the lucrative firm’s client base was the marijuana business. Nor would one know that the founding partner, who joined me for a conversation on the state of the marijuana business, was anything other than a successful business adviser. He in fact was the marijuana industry’s leading business consultant, and himself a regular marijuana user. Please click here for more of this story.

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