April | Center on Addiction


Recently, the media has picked up several stories of Molly-related deaths at electric dance music (EDM) festivals. The victims in these stories are often young and not known as drug users, making the deaths all the more shocking to their parents and friends. In light of these events, it is important that parents understand more about the pervasiveness of “club drugs” like Molly, a form of MDMA or ecstasy at EDM festivals. Here are some facts to know.

Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to better get to know the CASAColumbia staff. Today we’d like to introduce Cathy Woods-King, J.D., General Counsel; Director of Grants, Contracts and Legal Affairs.

Certain populations, especially individuals involved in the criminal justice system, are particularly vulnerable to opioid overdose. While this paints a bleak picture, recent medical and scientific developments point to a reason for hope in reversing this overdose trend. 

A relatively unknown prescribed opioid called Opana has hit hard in rural America, particularly in Indiana, and its misuse is reigniting concerns about a new HIV outbreak. This outbreak not only sheds light on the troubling opioid epidemic in the state, but also challenges the misconception that HIV is strictly an urban disease. 

An estimated 8.6 million Americans suffer from a serious smoking-related illness. These health consequences are expensive, too, especially for public insurance programs, and new research shows that the health care costs of smoking are higher than previously estimated. 

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