July | Center on Addiction


The police in Gloucester, Massachusetts have taken a radical approach to combating the opioid drug epidemic affecting their citizens. The Gloucester Initiative, implemented on June 1st of this year, promises social support and treatment as opposed to stigma and jail time.

Why is it so hard for those living with addiction to find easy access to the care they need? This blog identifies four of the most common barriers to treatment and offers ways to overcome these challenges.

This week President Obama commuted the federal sentences of 46 prisoners. We commend President Obama’s action as a step in changing our nation’s response to addiction, but reducing sentences for non-violent drug offenders alone is not enough. 

In the inaugural session of our Addiction Speaker Series, Carlos Grilo, PhD, a senior scientist at CASAColumbia and a professor in Yale School of Medicine’s Psychiatry department, discussed binge eating disorder (BED), a new formal diagnosis in the DSM-5. The Addiction Speaker Series is a new initiative held each month at CASAColumbia in which leading experts in the addiction and substance abuse field present some of their latest findings.

The new drug flakka, which comes in the form of pink or white crystals, has grabbed media headlines over the last few months because of the drug’s side effects, which causes users to act in dangerous, even violent, behaviors. But what is flakka and why should we be so worried about it?

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