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For years, we’ve been telling parents to talk to their children about the dangers of prescription drug misuse, because these conversations can help reduce teen substance use and prevent addiction. Now there is a new reason for parents to have “the talk”– to warn them about the dangers of fentanyl, a deadly opioid being laced in drugs or substituted for other commonly abused opioids like heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin and Percodan.


As with most types of addiction, perceptions of who’s at risk for a gambling problem are often wrong. The most recent available data indicates that 2.1 percent of U.S. youth aged 14-21 engage in problem gambling – virtually the same percentage as adults with the disorder. Two-thirds of youth reported gambling in the past year and 11 percent said they gambled more than twice per week. 

In recent years, the potency of marijuana has increased considerably, as have the number of people of all ages who perceive marijuana as not particularly harmful or addictive. But just how likely is it that someone who uses marijuana will become addicted to the drug? 

As part of our Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Dr. Michael F. Pesko, a health economist and an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, spoke about his research on evaluating health policy changes, especially those affecting e-cigarette users, in his talk "E-cigarette Regulations: Evaluating Intended and Unintended Effects." We interviewed Dr. Pesko to hear more about this fascinating research.

For those diagnosed with both borderline personality disorder (BPD) and a substance use disorder, finding the right kind of treatment can be difficult. As a counselor at a rehabilitation center, a jail and a halfway house for the mentally ill, I experienced first-hand the gaps that exist in providing sufficient care to people with these two commonly co-occurring problems.

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