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More Than 50% Of Women First Come In Contact With Opioids Through Prescriptions
Understanding where painkiller addiction begins assists clinicians, government officials and others with preventing opioid-related abuse, misuse and overdose. One specific group of narcotic abusers is more often than not first introduced to these highly addictive drugs by their doctors, new research suggests. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 10, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: CJ Arlotta Source Type: news

Early Career Symposium – call for papers
We are inviting proposals for our Early Career Symposium to be held in March 2016.  The deadline for submissions is 2nd December.  (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 10, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 50% of female methadone patients started with prescription painkillers
Half of women receiving methadone treatment for opioid addiction originally became addicted to prescription painkillers, as the number of female addicts rises. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Prescription painkillers are the 'gateway drugs to heroin addiction in women' warn experts
Prescription drugs handed out by doctors were the starting point on the road to heroin addiction for more than half of women on methadone treatment, a studyat McMaster University, Canada found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Are So Many College and High School Kids Abusing Adderall
During the past 15 years, there has been a remarkable transformation in the drug trade. It used to be dominated by the illegal drug cartels. Now it it is dominated by the legal drug companies. The most dangerous legal drugs are the prescription opioids, now responsible for twice as many deaths as street drugs and also for a secondary epidemic of heroin addiction. The next most dangerous legal drugs are Xanax and other short acting benzodiazepines that potentiate overdoses, cause severe addiction, raise the risk of falls, and worsen cognitive problems. ADHD meds are the most dangerous legal drugs among young people in co...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

On Losing a Parent in Your 20s
I found my mother lying unresponsive in the living room of our home. She was slumped in her favorite chair with a peaceful expression on her face, her eyes closed as if she were dreaming about some glorious, faraway land. Within minutes, the paramedics came and pronounced her dead. She passed away peacefully in her sleep from natural causes on Friday, October 10th, 2014. That night, I remember telling my best friend, between sobs on the phone, these exact words: "She won't see me turn 30." I was 27. Throughout most of my 20s, I believed that I had experienced many of the joys and tribulations of a young adult. I graduated ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Father Martin's Ashley opens $20M addiction treatment center
Father Martin’s Ashley on Monday opened a $20 million addiction treatment center on its Havre de Grace campus. Skip’s Hall for Integrated Addiction Treatment is a 44,000-square-foot building that adds 15 beds to the center’s capacity and improves access to high-demand addiction treatment services. Father Martin’s Ashley has been seeing more patients who need treatment for mental health or other specialty health problems, in addition to addiction treatment, said Dr. Bernadette Solounias,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 9, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Sarah Gantz Source Type: news

How America Let Asbestos Kill Its Veterans
Discussions among doctors about the dangers of asbestos started in the early 1920s, and while the medical and scientific research communities released confirmations about its deadly side effects, the U.S. military didn’t heed their warnings and continued to build its vessels. 1922 Medical professionals held discussions linking asbestos to various health problems. 1924 Dr. Willi...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 9, 2015 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Veterans & Military Source Type: news

Now comes the hard part: Turning national attention into action
An AMA Viewpoints post by Patrice A. Harris, MD, chair-elect of the AMA Board of Trustees A father of five in Charleston, W. Va., last month told President Obama at a public event that if it weren’t for the quick response of police and paramedics earlier this year, his daughter would have died from a drug overdose. She is now in recovery, and the president—and the rest of us in the East End Community Center that day—wished him and his daughter the best. Recovering from addiction, however, is not like recovering from a broken bone. It is a chronic medical disease that demands our care and compassion—as physici...
Source: AMA Wire - November 9, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: How Doctors Helped Drive the Addiction Crisis
Opioid painkillers are deadly, overprescribed and often ineffective. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Doctors Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) OxyContin (Drug) Social Conditions and Trends Deaths (Fatalities) Addiction (Psychology) Source Type: news

Neuroscientist And Former Addict Explains What We Get Wrong About Addiction
The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist. Marc Lewis, the author of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain and The Biology of Desire, insists that addiction is not a disease and that presenting it as such is harmful. The brain changes seen in addiction have more to do with learning and development -- not a chronic brain disease, said Lewis, who became addicted to opiates during his undergraduate years at Berkeley but got clean at age 30 and earned a PhD in developmental psychology. Viewing addiction as a behavioral issue, which has dr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Neuroscientist And Former Addict Explains What We Get Wrong About Addiction
The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist. Marc Lewis, the author of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain and The Biology of Desire, insists that addiction is not a disease and that presenting it as such is harmful. The brain changes seen in addiction have more to do with learning and development -- not a chronic brain disease, said Lewis, who became addicted to opiates during his undergraduate years at Berkeley but got clean at age 30 and earned a PhD in developmental psychology. Viewing addiction as a behavioral issue, which has dr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

New Study Shows Benefits of Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes
Can the addictiveness of cigarettes be minimized by reducing their nicotine content? This idea was first proposed as a public health measure two decades ago, but when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) argued the case before the Supreme Court in 2000, they were not granted the authority. Times have changed, though, and in 2009 the Tobacco Control Act granted the FDA vastly greater regulatory power over tobacco products, including the authority to reduce nicotine if it is deemed likely to improve public health. But while small studies have shown the possible benefits of such a move, no large trial has compared the effec...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

New Study Shows Benefits of Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes
Can the addictiveness of cigarettes be minimized by reducing their nicotine content? This idea was first proposed as a public health measure two decades ago, but when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) argued the case before the Supreme Court in 2000, they were not granted the authority. Times have changed, though, and in 2009 the Tobacco Control Act granted the FDA vastly greater regulatory power over tobacco products, including the authority to reduce nicotine if it is deemed likely to improve public health. But while small studies have shown the possible benefits of such a move, no large trial has compared the effec...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

How steps, floors and bicycles cause the most injuries to drunk people
Men are the most accident-prone when drunk, suffering 70 per cent of injuries, according to a graphic by Drugabuse.com, an addictions website and helpline. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

#NPRreads: The Core Of Addiction And The Views Of Tiger Woods' Former Caddie
Also this week: The story of a 60-year-old United Airlines pilot and runner who finished the New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 27 seconds. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laura Wagner Source Type: news

Could a sex schedule save your marriage?
Three relationship experts share the rules for busy couples to live by to make sure sex doesn't get squeezed out by exhaustion, parenting or an addiction to watching Netflix. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug addiction becomes major issue in 2016 campaign
Drug addiction has become a key issue in the 2016 presidential campaign with several candidates sharing personal stories (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The biggest drug threats in America today
The head of the DEA talks about the latest trends in America's addiction crisis (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gov. Christie shares emotional story of friend's addiction, death
Prescription drugs and heroin are now America's biggest drug threats, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Extinguish and Evolve
"Mom, do you have a pencil and paper I can have?" Haley, my 10-year-old asked as we watched the ring-tailed lemurs leap from tree to tree at the San Francisco Zoo. "I need to write something down." Our vacation this year -- part sightseeing, part family reunion -- took us on a 5,000-mile adventure that included 4 flights, 3 hotels, 2 rental cars and 1 beach house. My husband, Steven and I took our two youngest, Sydney, 14, and Haley, braving airport security and mass transit to do something we love: travel. I scrounged in my purse, finding a pen and a grocery receipt, and handed them to my daughter. I watched her walk over...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Kicking substance addiction in teens: Tobacco dependence should be treated with same urgency as other drugs, study says
Substance abuse treatments that target main issues such as serious drug and alcohol addiction are not frequently being used to also wean adolescents from tobacco, a new study finds. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Alone, We Are Afraid to Be...
Behind closed doors, beneath closed eyes When we struggle to cope with anything, the silence can be deafening As if it preys on our weaknesses, during our times of bleakness Our thoughts often play tricks with our subconscious minds Well subconscious, becomes conscious and those thoughts keep seeping through Alone, we are afraid to be... that much I'm sure is true In this era of immersion, in a world now limitless, where distance means nothing; many feel more alone now than ever before. Every day we are bombarded with information (good/bad/ugly) in every waking moment of our lives. It is no wonder why insomnia, behavioral ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Death Rates Are on the Rise For Middle-Aged Whites
White middle-aged Americans are dying at an increasing rate, a new analysis of government data shows, a startling turnaround suggesting a rising toll of addiction and mental-health issues is reversing decades of gains in longevity. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - November 3, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

Death Rate Rising for Middle-Aged Whites
White middle-aged Americans are dying at an increasing rate, a new analysis of government data shows, a startling turnaround suggesting a rising toll of addiction and mental-health issues is reversing decades of gains in longevity. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - November 3, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

NIDA Issues Challenge to Create App for Addiction Research
App will use Apple’s ResearchKit™  Framework The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today issued a Challenge “Addiction Research: There’s an App for that,” aimed at physicians and data scientists to develop a novel mobile application (app) for... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 3, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Researchers Source Type: news

Opinion: We are creating a nation of addicts
Millions of Americans are addicted to prescription drugs, with over 16,000 overdose-related deaths occurring per year. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brief Training Increases Pediatricians’ Use of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Interventions
Two to three brief training sessions can significantly increase pediatricians’ use of techniques for identifying and treating young people with potential alcohol, substance use, and mental health problems, according to a new study in a large pediatric primary care clinic.  Collectively known as screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), such techniques could be important tools for preventing and treating these common problems among young people.  The study also found that pediatric practices can improve support for patients who need these services by adding behavioral (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - November 2, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

5 things to know about talking to your kids about heroin (and other drugs)
The news seems to be everywhere — misuse of prescription pain medication has led to an epidemic of opioid addiction. And the phenomenon is occurring in both teens and adults. Every day, 2,500 American youth use a prescription pain reliever without a prescription for the first time, according to Foundation for a Drug-free World. Many teens who misuse pain medication will lose control over use — the hallmark of addiction. Eventually, some will switch to heroin, which is the same class of drug as prescription pain medication but much stronger.  Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Adolescent Subs...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 2, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Illegal drugs Kids' safety Mental health parenting Prescription drugs Substance abuse Teen drinking Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Dr. Sharon Levy heroin opioid prescription drug misuse prescription pain medication Source Type: news

On Heroin, '60 Minutes' Gives Big Pharma A Break
60 Minutes looks at the increase of heroin addiction, but lets the pharmaceutical companies that make the gateway drugs off the hook. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 2, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Debra Borchardt Source Type: news

Highly processed foods cause food addiction similar to hard drugs, study shows
(NaturalNews) Anyone who read Andrew Weil's groundbreaking 1970s-era book, The Natural Mind, is already familiar with the correlation between highly processed foods and addictive drugs.Weil observed way back then that the refinement of natural sugars into pure white crystals,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

'60 Minutes' Blames The Pharmaceutical Industry For America's Heroin Epidemic
Sunday evening, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker went to Columbus, Ohio, to understand America's heroin epidemic. The drug is becoming cheaper and easier to get, he argues, and its stigma is vanishing. But his reporting places much of the blame for the addictions and deaths he documents on opioid pain pills. People become addicted to the pills, and than switch to heroin because it is cheaper. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 2, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper Source Type: news

What is the Epidemiology of Adolescent E-Cigarette Use?
Discussion Electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS) are battery-powered devices that vaporize nicotine or non-nicotine containing solutions by a heating element. They were originally introduced into the global market around 2004 and in the United States market in 2007. Their use is commonly called vaping. The vaporized solutions are called e-liquids which usually contain propylene glycol, glycerin, water, nicotine, and flavorings, but variations without different components are sold as well. The devices can also be modified to vaporize other combustible materials such as oils, wax,...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 2, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Hair testing in postmortem diagnosis of substance abuse: an unusual case of slow-release oral morphine abuse in an adolescent - Baillif-Couniou V, Kintz P, Sastre C, Pok PP, Cheze M, Pépin G, Léonetti G, Pélissier-Alicot AL.
Morphine sulfate misuse is essentially observed among regular heroin injectors. To our knowledge, primary addiction to morphine sulfate is exceptional, especially among young adolescents. A 13-year-old girl, with no history of addiction, was found dead wit... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 31, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

10 Satisfying Low-Sodium Snacks
When you need to satisfy between-meal munchies, do you automatically reach for a salty snack? For many of us it’s the bags of pretzels and potato chips that call our name from the vending machine midafternoon. But the snack favorites tend to be high in sodium, a mineral that we should be limiting in our diets. According to the National Dietary Guidelines for Americans, everyone should aim to consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of salt daily for better health. The American Heart Association recommends an even lower number — less than 1500 mg — to keep your blood pressure within a healthy range. For mos...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

ICYMI: 'Backburner' Relationship Psychology And Why We Fear Strangers
ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, in honor of Halloween, our colleagues across HuffPost explored the science of our most commons fears and how we can overcome them. We were also captivated by a frightening article about extreme sleepwalking, a sleep disorder that can result in the sleeper turning violent without any knowledge of his or her actions. And on a disturbing note, we spent time with a story about the role of identity politics on the war on drugs in America, and how, as an increasing number of white middle-class families are torn apart by heroin, the conversation and punitive laws...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Patients with psychosis and addiction: Disorder-specific treatment can help
(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) People with psychosis often develop an addiction disorder. Patients with a dual diagnosis mostly have a poorer prognosis, and their disorder often becomes chronic. Euphrosyne Gouzoulis-Mayfrank and colleagues investigated in a randomized controlled study in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International whether disorder-specific treatment can improve patients' motivation to remain abstinent and reduce their substance misuse. They applied an evaluated therapeutic program that would be easy to implement in standard care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Recovering meth addict Christine Suhan reveals how she turned her life around
Following a long battle with alcohol and meth addiction and depression, Christine Suhan, 31, now lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina, with her husband Kyle and their three sons. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Prescription painkiller addicts increasingly likely to abuse heroin
As the face of heroin abuse changes over the decades, drug users addicted to prescription painkillers are now more likely than ever to also abuse heroin. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Why More Painkiller Addicts Are Using Heroin, Too
Interviews confirm desire for cheaper, more plentiful substitute (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Better Health by Cutting Sugar for Just 10 Days
This study is further proof that reducing added sugar to more reasonable amounts benefits kids at risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Dr. Lustig often warns about the dangers of fructose, emphasizing that glucose isn't the problem. In practicality, since added sugars are almost always at least 50 percent fructose, the sensible advice it to cut all added sugar. Sugar in large amounts is definitely associated with weight gain, and likely also independently with diabetes and metabolic and heart disease. Reducing it (even without intentional caloric restriction) usually leads to weight reduction, and to improved health ou...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Why More Painkiller Addicts Are Using Heroin, Too
Interviews confirm desire for cheaper, more plentiful substitute Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heroin, Prescription Drug Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik to deliver 20th Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture at the National Institutes of Health
WHAT:  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D., will deliver the 20th Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture.  Dr. Sulik is an internationally recognized embryologist and teratologist whose work has greatly advanced our understanding of prenatal development and alcohol-induced birth defects.     (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - October 28, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Painkiller Use as Teen May Raise Addiction Risk
Study found those less experienced with illegal drugs were more likely to abuse narcotics later (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction
Study found those less experienced with illegal drugs were more likely to abuse narcotics later Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Drug Abuse, Pain Relievers (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction
Title: Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult AddictionCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/28/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - October 28, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

E-cigarettes connected to problematic drinking, study finds
(Elsevier) Using e-cigarettes is related to problematic drinking, according to new research published in Addictive Behaviors. In a study involving around 1400 people, researchers also found that more women than men use e-cigarettes socially, opposite to patterns seen in regular cigarette smoking. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Genetic Makeup May Help Explain Methadone Overdoses
Study findings shed light on how drug for pain, addiction is metabolized in different people Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Genes and Gene Therapy, Pain Relievers (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Find the Gifts in Chaos
"Chaos does not mean total disorder. Chaos means a multiplicity of possibilities. Chaos is from the ancient Greek words that means a thing that is birthed from the void. And it was about that which is possible, not about disorder." -- Jok Church I looked up the definition of chaos the other day and here's what I found: 1. A condition or place of great disorder or confusion. 2. A disorderly mass; a jumble 3. Chaos: The disordered state of unformed matter and infinite space supposed in some cosmogonic views to have existed before the ordered universe. If you pay attention to headlines, it's easy to get caught up in the ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news