December | Center on Addiction


The New York Times is to be applauded for its investigative reporting on the lack of access to quality treatment for opiate addiction. However, the article omits important information in evaluating the impact of buprenorphine.

Today, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released their annual Monitoring the Future report, which measures substance use and attitudes among the nation’s 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders. The 2013 report showed continued progress in the decline of some forms of substance use among teens, namely with alcohol, cigarettes and prescription opioids. However, according to the report, while the use of these substances has declined, teen use of marijuana, prescription stimulants and other tobacco/nicotine products has increased.

By Jeffrey B. Lane

We thought The Buzz was a fitting name for our blog, designed to provide a continuous stream of topical news on the high points of addiction policy, practice and popular culture.

By CASAColumbia

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are not the magic cure-all that they’ve been made out to be.


Legalizing marijuana may put our children in danger, according to a May 28 article in Time Magazine. CASAColumbia’s Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Jayaram Srinivasan, wrote a letter to the editor applauding the magazine for drawing attention to this fact. In it he outlined the perils of legalization. 

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