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Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending August 15, 2014

In the experience of AA, a member's age matters
The Baby Boomers are now into their 60s. As the first generation of Americans to experiment widely with illegal drugs, elderly Baby Boomers are thought to experience substance use problems more commonly than previous generations of senior citizens. The most prevalent substance of abuse among the elderly of all generations is alcohol, due to the ease of obtaining it and its relative social acceptance. With more Baby Boomers reaching their golden years, a growing number of seniors are needing recovery programs, and many are entering Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to address their substance abuse issues. Please click here to continue.

Less spending allocated to behavioral health through 2020
An anticipated slowdown in spending on psychiatric medications is being cited among the reasons for a projection that spending on substance use and mental health disorders as a share of total health spending will decrease through 2020. Please click here to continue.

The U.S. Addiction Rehab Industry
Drug, alcohol and other addiction rehab in the United States is big business - $35 billion this year. There are now 14,000+ treatment facilities and growing. A total of 2.5 million persons received treatment, but many more need it and facilities are filled to capacity. Please click here to continue.

Marijuana Should Be Legal, but …
We must treat drug use for what it is: a health, not a criminal, issue.  Please click here to continue.

How Big Pot Is Wooing Women
Think of your stereotypical marijuana user—it's probably a man. What you've imagined isn't wrong. While roughly half of men admit to having tried marijuana, only a third of women say the same. But the disparity highlights a problem for the marijuana industry: They're leaving half the population's money on the table. Please click here to continue.

Regular Marijuana Use Bad for Teens' Brains
Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing public health implications of marijuana legalization at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention. Please click here to continue.

Big Tobacco Tries to Don A New Look: Are You Buying?
Big Tobacco wants to reclaim the hearts and wallets of most adult Americans by rebranding its tarred image — pitching “smokeless” e-cigarettes, embracing the mantra “harm reduction,” and funding science that could turn tobacco plants into life-saving medicine. Please click here to continue.

Drugs and the Evolution of Bodybuilding
Elite weightlifters are bigger than ever before, largely thanks to steroids and growth hormones. Please click here to continue.

Medical Marijuana Research Hits Wall of U.S. Law
Nearly four years ago, Dr. Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist at the University of Arizona, sought federal approval to study marijuana’s effectiveness in treating military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. She had no idea how difficult it would be. Please click here to continue.

How revealing is Colo. decline in youth marijuana use?
Backers and opponents of Colorado's landmark marijuana legalization initiative are disputing the significance behind state data showing a decline in past-month and lifetime marijuana use rates among youth in the year following the measure's passage. Please click here to continue.

Banks are slowly welcoming legal marijuana dealers
A top federal official on Tuesday said that 105 banks and credit unions are doing business with legal marijuana sellers, suggesting that federal rules giving financial institutions the go-ahead to provide services to dealers are starting to work. Please click here to continue.

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