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As part of our Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD, Senior Scientist at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and

Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, discussed his latest research in his talk “Behavioral Addictions: A Current Understanding of Excessive Gambling, Internet Use and Sex.” We interviewed Dr. Potenza to hear more about this interesting area of study.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently proposed a rule that would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to implement smoke-free policies. Under HUD’s proposed rule, PHAs must ban the use of lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or pipes) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. But will this rule disproportionately affect low-income individuals? 

This week, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse released a report, Understanding and Addressing Food Addiction: A Science-Based Approach to Policy, Practice and Research, which explores the ways in which our knowledge of the causes, mechanisms and consequences of substance addiction might help to improve our understanding and approach to a critical challenge facing our nation: unhealthy and excessive eating.

School administrators are charged with ensuring a safe, supportive, and healthy school environment where children can learn and reach their full potential. This includes taking measures to prevent tobacco, alcohol and drug use among students. Historically, schools turned to prevention programs like D.A.R.E., but research shows that D.A.R.E. doesn’t work. Instead of supporting the implementation of proven prevention practices, some administrators have turned to a more punitive and controversial approach: drug testing students.

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