October | Center on Addiction


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 Lindsey Vuolo, J.D., M.P.H., Associate Director of Health Law and Policy. 

As part of CASAColumbia’s Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present some of their latest findings, Sean J. Haley, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College and CUNY School of Public Health, discussed his research on evaluating how prepared community health centers are to handle the growing need for addiction treatment services, in the wake of health care reform. 

The journal JAMA Psychiatry recently published a widely reported study demonstrating that alcohol use disorders affect almost 33 million adults in the U.S. and most have never sought treatment. 

Shocking stories about the use of the synthetic marijuana, or K2, have been sweeping newsstands and social media channels. That is because an alarming number of individuals on the drug are flooding emergency rooms and police departments, acting violent, delusional, anxious and combative. U.S. poison centers have experienced a 229 percent increase in calls related to use and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the number of synthetic marijuana overdoses an outbreak. But what exactly is synthetic marijuana and why is there a spike in use?

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