June 19, 2011 |
The angst-ridden process of merging the two federal agencies that govern research and education on substance-abuse problems will drag on for another two years. Officials at the National Institute on Drug Abuse said Sunday that the opening of a new agency that will take the place of both the NIDA and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, will likely occur in October 2013 instead of 2012. The merger was discussed Sunday at a meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.
June 16, 2011 |
Gun owners: Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger. I must warn you, though, that the findings on gun ownership and risky alcohol behaviors published this week in the British Medical Journal do not paint an altogether flattering picture. You're twice as likely as people who do not have a gun at home to down five or more drinks in a single sitting. You're almost two-and-a-half times more likely than people who do not have a gun at home to get behind the wheel of a car when you have, by your own admission, drunk "perhaps too much.
May 21, 2011 |
Oscar De La Hoya, who moved from Olympic boxing gold medalist and world champion to become the face of his own promotional company in the sport, has checked himself into a rehabilitation facility, TMZ reports. De La Hoya, 38, was in an undisclosed substance abuse facility in California, according to the website. Several of his associates at Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions either declined to comment or did not return messages seeking more information about De La Hoya's treatment.
May 14, 2011 |
Looking for help and information with mental health issues should be a bit easier this month -- May is Mental Health Month. -- According to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2009 survey, about 20% of people ages 18 and older reported having a diagnosable mental illness in the previous year. The number of people admitted for treatment of psychiatric problems or substance abuse problems more than doubled between 1992 and 2006. At that rate, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as the major cause of disability worldwide by 2020, according to SAMHSA.
March 20, 2011 |
Recovery Road A Novel Blake Nelson Scholastic: 320 pp., $17.99, ages 13 and up We All Fall Down A Memoir Nic Sheff Little, Brown: 348 pp., $17.99, ages 15 and up We live in a society filled with temptation, where drugs and alcohol are illegal for minors but still easy to obtain. They're so readily available, in fact, that 11 million American youths need treatment for substance abuse, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Yet few teen addicts get the help they need.
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March 5, 2011 |
Eugene Fodor, a swashbuckling violin virtuoso who was a media darling of classical music in the 1970s but whose substance abuse fractured a fairytale career, has died. He was 60. Fodor died of liver disease Feb. 26 at his home in Arlington, Va., said his wife, Susan Davis. He had struggled with addictions to alcohol, cocaine and heroin, she said. At 24, Fodor became the first American to win top honors on violin at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974.
March 1, 2011 |
Last month, when actor Charlie Sheen was hospitalized with severe abdominal pain, his camp reported that he had a hiatal hernia . This week, Sheen launched into a media blitz-slash-meltdown after CBS canceled his show, "Two and a Half Men," for the remainder of the season. In interviews on ABC, CNN and other outlets, he spoke of "tiger blood" running through his veins, insulted his bosses and questioned the value of Alcoholics Anonymous in fighting addiction.
February 23, 2011 |
Drug addictions plague about 22.5 million Americans, according to recent statistics. But promising scientific research may one day begin to whittle away at that number, say scientists writing in a special issue of the journal Neuron published Wednesday. The issue is devoted to addiction and details many of the latest theories about substance abuse prevention and treatment. Included in the journal (online access is free for this issue) are papers on opioid prescriptions for chronic pain and the risks involved; how drugs might be used for cognitive enhancement and how obesity is linked to other addictions.
February 18, 2011 |
Bucking the current trend toward cutting social programs in order to reduce the deficit, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-Norwalk) introduced a bill Thursday that would provide $200 million for schools to hire mental health professionals to diagnose and treat psychologically troubled students before they become involved in violent or criminal behavior. What gives Napolitano at least a glimmer of hope that her proposal might have a chance, even though budget-minded Republicans are in charge of the House, is that violence by people whose emotional problems surfaced in school is a concern that cuts across party lines.
November 18, 2010 |
Is the Great American Smokeout relevant to people who are already trying to kick another addiction? Yes, say some experts. In a report released Thursday, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration encouraged smoking-cessation support for people who are in drug and alcohol rehab. The report shows that more substance abuse treatment facilities are offering nicotine-replacement therapy to clients. Whether to address smoking in treatment centers has long been a thorny question.