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An important part of the work being done at CASAColumbia is the research that helps to inform and guide the public, evaluate and improve health care, and analyze and recommend policies on substance use and addiction. But what exactly does that mean and what type of research is being conducted? We sat down with Alma Hidalgo, M.A., Research Associate to find out a little bit more about the exciting work she does at CASAColumbia and how it impacts the community.  

Research exploring the medicinal value of psychedelic drugs like LSD (commonly known as “acid”) and psilocybin (a natural compound found in “magic” mushrooms) is making a comeback and the results are encouraging. Several new studies indicate that small doses of psychedelic drugs, administered under the supervision of medical and mental health professionals, can effectively treat some psychological conditions, including end-of-life distress in patients with terminal cancer. 

This week marks the 38th year that the American Cancer Society has sponsored the Great American Smokeout, a day that encourages people to quit smoking tobacco. The day is also an annual reminder to the nation of the challenges smokers face when they try to quit smoking.

As part of CASAColumbia’s Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Donna Shelley, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine, recently discussed her research on e-cigarettes. She shared her perspective on e-cigarettes’ effects on the re-normalization of smoking, marketing of e-cigarettes to kids, the role of big tobacco in e-cigarette marketing and sales, and what’s needed when it comes to future e-cigarette research. 

Fall is Open Enrollment season. Between November 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016, individuals who buy their health insurance on the state health insurance marketplaces have the opportunity to change plans for 2016. If you or someone on your plan requires addiction services, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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