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In December 2015, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) released a paper on supportive housing as a component of a strategy to manage the heroin crisis for the chronically homeless. CSH estimates there is a need for over 30,000 new supportive housing units across New York State to reverse the ever-increasing numbers of people experiencing homelessness. About 35-40% of chronically homeless people suffer from severe substance use disorders.

As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate the nation, with overdose deaths hitting a record level in 2014, drug abuse and addiction are finally a political priority. President Obama proposed $1.1 billion in new funding and identified substance abuse as an opportunity for bipartisan agreement. 

It often surprises people to learn that the alcohol industry is mostly self-regulated when it comes to advertising. There are relatively few laws at the federal level regulating alcohol advertising, and at the state level the laws vary. Instead, advertising by the alcohol industry is largely governed by voluntary standards set by the three alcohol-related trade associations: the Beer Institute, the Wine Institute, and the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

You know the feeling…the phone buzzes and you can’t help but grab your phone to find out what’s happening. We may joke about our smartphone addiction, but what if there really is something to it?

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.

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