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February 07, 2018 - Morning Consult

Voters Split Over Trump’s Response to U.S. Opioid Epidemic​

“Recommendations and declarations on their own don’t save lives,” Lindsey Vuolo, associate director of health law and policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, said in a Monday phone interview. “They need to be supported by some type of action.”

February 03, 2018 - International Business Times

Acudetox: People are inserting needles into their ears to treat addiction - but does it work?

Despite its increasing use, Linda Richter, Director of Policy Research and Analysis at The National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse told IBTimes UK that there was little evidence to prove its success in treating addiction.

February 03, 2018 - The Pike County Courier

U.S. looking to Canada for approach to opioid crisis

Lindsey Vuolo, the associate director of Health Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, said it is unlikely that supervised injection sites will encourage people who are already using heroin to keep using, because that argument is predicated on a misunderstanding of addiction as a choice, instead of a chronic disease that affects the parts of the brain associated with decision making and self-care.

January 30, 2018 - HealthDay

Resolutions to Cut Drinking May Be Tough to Keep

New Year's resolutions to curb drinking are likely made with the best intentions. But wishful thinking often isn't enough, a new survey suggests.

January 25, 2018 - ABC News

Why parents should think twice about supplying kids with alcohol

“We see this in parenting surveys,” said Emily Feinstein, executive vice president of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “There is no scientific research to suggest that giving your kids alcohol early on prevents addiction."

January 23, 2018 - International Business Times

Opioid Drug Crisis: Babies Born In Withdrawal Have Twisted Necks

Scientists studying the health of infants exposed to opioids in the womb have found a possible link between their opioid withdrawal, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the twisting condition called torticollis.

December 28, 2017 - Modern Healthcare

Public health's progress stalls in 2017

"We've seen all talk, no action," said Lindsey Vuolo, associate director of health law and policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. "We've heard a lot of people speaking very compassionately about the epidemic, many good recommendations have been developed, and we've had the declaration of a public health emergency, but recommendations and declarations alone don't save lives."

December 21, 2017 - HealthDay

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops as Opioid Deaths Surge​

The continuing decline in life expectancy is "really alarming, and really demonstrates the size and severity of the opioid epidemic and our national addiction problem," said Lindsey Vuolo. She is associate director of health law and policy with the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

December 14, 2017 - HealthDay

 Steep Rise in Deaths for People Hospitalized After Opioid OD

"The opioid crisis has caught up people who haven't been traditionally involved up in heroin crises in the history of our country," said Emily Feinstein, director of health law and policy for The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

November 01, 2017 - The Associated Press

Trump Opioid Panel Wants Drug Courts, Training for Doctors

President Donald Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis called Wednesday for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment.

October 25, 2017 - Cincinnati Enquirer

End opioid crisis, 'stigma' with public health approach: Center on Addiction guide

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse issued a report to state policymakers showing ways that states can, and do, attack the opioid epidemic. 

September 28, 2017 - U.S. News & World Report

Parents: Get Inside Your Adolescent’s Brain to Prevent Addiction

To effectively counsel teens about dangers associated with substance use, think in developmental terms.

September 26, 2017 - New York Daily News

An unprecedented epidemic: America’s deadly war vs. opioid abuse

America’s been waging a war on drugs for decades, but it’s never faced an adversary as deadly as the current opioid crisis.
September 26, 2017 - New York Daily News

Parents, teach kids early about the dangers of drugs and alcohol

It’s scary to think, but a third of children as young as 13 in New York State say they’ve already consumed alcohol — and those as young as 12 report having tried marijuana at least once, according to polling by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS).
September 17, 2017 - The New York Times

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.

July 18, 2017 - Huffington Post

When Your Parents Are Addicted To Painkillers

“Often families are in crisis, and they’re fearful they can’t manage it alone. But unlike other diseases where there’s a network of experts you can tap into, with addiction we often don’t know who to call,” said Emily Feinstein, director of health law and policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

June 26, 2017 - CNN

American Medical Association Joins Other Major Groups in Opposing Senate Health Bill

The largest association of doctors in the country, the American Medical Association is joining many of the nation's leading medical and advocacy groups in voicing its opposition to the latest version of the Republican health care bill.

June 07, 2017 - SELF

Drug Overdoses May Now Be the Leading Cause of Death for Young People

The United States is in the middle of a drug epidemic that’s largely fueled by opioids.

February 24, 2017 - HealthDay

Drug OD Deaths Have Nearly Tripled Since 1999: CDC

Drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled in the United States since 1999, with whites and middle-aged Americans bearing much of the brunt, a new government report shows.

February 22, 2017 - Associated Press

'It Saved My life': Talk of Obamacare Repeal Worries Addicts

The Affordable Care Act has helped many people addicted opioids and potential repeal of the law leaves a sense of concern.

January 27, 2017 - Associated Press

Schools Reach Beyond 'Just Say No' on Opioid Dangers

Linda Richter, director of policy research and analysis at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, stated that the best approach for teaching addiction education in schools is to address underlying factors that encourage use, including easy accessibility.

December 20, 2016 - HealthDay News

Drug Overdose Deaths Rise Dramatically in U.S.

Drug overdose deaths continue to surge in the United States, with most fatalities linked to the illicit use of prescription painkillers, new government statistics reveal.

December 13, 2016 - CNN

Teen Drug Use is Down, Survey Says

The 2016 Monitoring the Future survey showed a continuing decline in the use of illicit substances -- marijuana, alcohol and tobacco -- and misuse of prescription drugs among teens.

December 13, 2016 - U.S. News and World Report
The Samuel Ball, president and CEO of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, says it's difficult to point a finger at a main cause, though shifting attitudes may have had an impact.
October 10, 2016 - SELF Magazine

Subtle Sings You Might Have A Drinking Problem

It can be hard to recognize that alcohol is an issue for you because it’s so pervasive in our society, Linda Richter, PhD, director of policy research and analysis at The Center, tells SELF Magazine.

September 26, 2016 - USA Today

Some Insurers Thwart Efforts to use Medication Treatment for Addiction

The Center's report found that six years after the passage of the  Affordable Care Act , no state covers all of the substance use disorder treatments required by the law without harmful treatment limitations.

July 27, 2016 - NPR

As Opioid Epidemic Surges, Medical Schools Try To Keep Pace

A report in 2012 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse revealed that medical schools devoted little time to teaching addiction medicine, only a few hours over the course of four years.

July 15, 2016 - SELF Magazine

What You Need To Know About K2, The ‘Legal’ Drug That’s Turning People Into Zombies

Synthetic marijuana, often called K2 or spice, is marketed as safe, natural, and legal to smoke. But it's actually extremely dangerous and it's not marijuana at all.

July 12, 2016 - The New York Daily News

K2, Other Synthetic Marijuana Products Harming Low-Income Communities

Nicole Piazza, Research Assistant at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, shared her knowledge on the dangers of the synthetic marijuana called K2.

June 15, 2016 - CNBC

States Get Offer of Federal Money to Boost Insurer Compliance with Obamacare

The Center's findings reveal that people with addiction may not be receiving effective treatment because insurance plans aren't covering the full range of evidence-based care.

June 07, 2016 - Modern Healthcare

Nearly all ACA Benchmark Plans Violate Rules on Addiction Treatment Coverage

More than two-thirds of state benchmark plans violate federal requirements to cover treatment for addiction disorders.

May 13, 2016 - Psychology Today

What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Addiction Can Hurt You

The lack of knowledge about addiction among physicians can negatively impact patients. 

May 13, 2016 - The New York Times

Chasing Bigger High, Marijuana Users Turn to ‘Dabbing’

The practice of consuming marijuana extract — a yellow, waxy substance that can contain high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical in unprocessed marijuana that produces a high — has risen rapidly in New York City over the past few years.

May 08, 2016 - Eagle Tribune

N.H. Prison System to Start Using Vivitrol

Following in the footsteps of a program launched in Massachusetts in 2014, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections will include treatment for opioid dependece using Vivitrol for released inmates. 

April 25, 2016 - The New York Times
Dr. Feinstein's letter to the editor recommends that marijuana should be treated as a public health problem, not a crime.
April 19, 2016 - Los Angeles Times
Leaders from around the world gathered in New York, N.Y. for the UN General Assembly Special Session on global drug policy.
March 01, 2016 -
Emily Feinstein, JD, Director of Health Law and Policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse discusses the risk factors for drug and alcohol abuse 
February 10, 2016 - Your Teen Magazine

Ask the Expert: My Son Smokes Cigarettes. Should I Encourage E-Cigarettes Instead?

Dr. Richter, Director of Policy Research and Analysis at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, answers key questions about teens smoking e-cigarettes. 

February 09, 2016 - The Daily Beast

Trading Drug Addiction for Food Addiction

The similarity between food and drug addiction is discussed in The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse's novel report.

February 02, 2016 - Addiction Professional

CASA Probes Complexities of Symptoms Indicating Possible Food Addiction

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse's first foray into food addiction addresses the eating-related symptoms that resemble patterns in substance addiction.

December 03, 2015 - Behavioral Health

Policy Guide Outlines Addiction Roadmap

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse released its new guide for policymakers that includes science-based recommendations aimed at helping to reduce addiction and risky substance use, outlined in the article.

November 03, 2015 - U.S. News & World Report

What Reports About White People Dying Missed

The complexity of the report that found that the rate of death among white, middle-aged Americans is rising. 

September 17, 2015 - Your Teen Magazine

Ask the Expert: What’s Up With Vaping?

Dr. Samuel Ball, President and CEO at CASAColumbia, answers key questions about the effects of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices on teens' health.

August 21, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

House Calls for Hangovers

New York City service called the Hangover Club charges customers for at home hangover treatment, complete with an IV hookup, but says it limits treatment frequency to avoid enabling problem drinkers.

August 16, 2015 - NPR

When Rehab Might Help An Addict — But Insurance Won't Cover It

Parents who lost their son to a heroin overdose are pointing out that drug addiction doesn't tend to be treated like a disease in the United States — which means that when drug users want to get treatment, health insurance coverage often comes up short.

August 05, 2015 - Nature Magazine

Addiction: Protect the young from e-cigarettes

Until more is known about e-cigarettes, bills like the one that failed in California should be introduced in all states to help ensure that these unregulated products and related electronic nicotine delivery devices be kept out of the hands of young people.

July 17, 2015 - Elements Behavioral Health

Is Harsh Drug Sentencing On Its Way Out?

The “lock ’em up and throw away the key” mindset that took hold in the 1980s in response to rising crime and drug use is showing increasing signs of waning with new calls for judicial change and the commutation of 46 nonviolent drug offenders’ sentences.

July 09, 2015 - USA Today

Advocates push to expand use of medications to treat addiction
A look at the use of medications to treat addiction as a means to combat the opiate epidemic.

July 04, 2015 - Modern Healthcare

Medicaid Plans Struggle to Provide Mental Health Services
A look at behavioral health coverage changes following Medicaid’s expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

June 23, 2015 - Addiction Professional

New CASA partnership will prioritize adolescent services, process addictions

A summary of the new collaboration between CASAColumbia and Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health.

June 01, 2015 - Southern California Public Radio (89.3 KPCC)
A discussion on the effectiveness and research-based evidence of "moderation therapy" as opposed to abstinence-based twelve step programs.
May 24, 2015 - USA TODAY

According to experts, many of the 44,000 drug-related deaths each year could be prevented if patients had better access to substance abuse therapy. Yet people battling addiction say that treatment often is unavailable or unaffordable.

May 22, 2015 - Wall Street Journal

For Alcoholics in Recovery, a Sober Friend for Hire

"Sober companionship", a treatment model with a friend-for-hire catering to those in early recovery, is a fledgling field. But the effectiveness and the research behind it may be lacking.

May 19, 2015 - Providence Journal

Sheldon Whitehouse: For better justice, 3 steps

Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic U.S. senator from Rhode Island, discusses questions related to our nation's criminal justice system.

May 16, 2015 - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Families use children's obituary notices to shine light on drug addiction

In recent months, a growing number of parents are including the cause of death in their children's obituary if the child has died from a drug-related overdose. 

May 08, 2015 - The New York Times

Evening Hours by Bill Cunningham

Featuring CASAColumbia's 2015 Annual Awards Dinner at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.

May 07, 2015 - Pew Charitable Trusts/Stateline

Despite laws, mental health still getting short shrift

Under federal law, insurance plans that cover mental health must offer benefits that are on par with medical and surgical benefits. But among states, only California and New York consistently enforce the rules, mental health experts say.

April 16, 2015 - VICE

I Tried to Get Healthy and Keep Smoking Cigarettes

A discussion about the author's own attempt to adopt a healthier lifestyle while still smoking cigarettes.

April 12, 2015 - Business Insider

What happens to your brain and body when you drink

CASAColumbia President and CEO, Dr. Samuel Ball, reveals the myriad effects alcohol has on your brain and body.

February 11, 2015 - Washington Jewish Week

Banned GW frat goes underground

While a George Washington University fraternity was shut down a year ago, its members continued to operate as an off-campus group for much of 2014, in apparent violation of university policies.
February 06, 2015 - Kaiser Health News

High Stakes: A Q&A On The Mental Health Parity Proposed Rule For Medicaid Managed Care

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 is viewed as a landmark step in improving patients’ access to mental health services, but the rollout has been slow and there's a lot at stake.
January 30, 2015 - Bloomberg Business

Addiction Treatment Goes Public: AAC's Recovery-Center Empire

Addiction treatment goes public: an in-depth look at AAC's recovery-center empire.

January 21, 2015 - Academy of Women's Health

Substance abuse and women - There's a lot you can do

An interview with Sam Ball, PhD, discussing women's health and substance abuse.

October 02, 2014 - The Daily Beast

Heroin Overdoses Double in Two Years

In just two years, deaths from heroin overdoses doubled in the U.S., according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

August 06, 2014 - Business Insider

More Teens Are Seeking Help For Marijuana Addiction

In 2012, teens were admitted for addiction involving marijuana far more frequently than any other substance.

July 08, 2014 - AM New York

Binge Drinking Targeted in New City Campaign

Dr. Sam Ball discusses public campaigns about binge drinking. 

June 10, 2014 - U.S. News & World Report

Teens with Addiction Have Few Recovery Programs

Dr. Sam Ball talk about lack of services for teens with addiction issues.

May 28, 2014 - Business Insider

Here's What Alcohol Does to Your Brain and Body

Dr. Sam Ball discusses the substance's effect.

May 21, 2014 - USA Today

Older Americans Hooked on Rx: "I Was a Zombie"

Hundreds of thousands of seniors are misusing prescription medication

May 14, 2014 - Business Insider

Marijuana Is More Addictive These Days - Here's Why

Dr. Samuel Ball explains how marijuana has changed.

May 11, 2014 - Refinery 29

Alcoholism, My Parents' Battle for Sobriety

The story of how addiction affected one writer's family.

March 26, 2014 - Chicago Tribune

Mobile app may help people recovering from alcohol abuse: study

A mobile app aims to keep alcoholics sober.  

March 26, 2014 - The Dallas News
February 03, 2014 - Psychology Today

Therapy, It's More Than Just Talk

We need to better treat addiction.

January 07, 2014 - USA Today

How Much Do You Drink? Most Say Doctors Never Ask

Though drinking can be dangerous to your health, not many doctors are asking about it.

December 19, 2013 - WNYC

Anti-Tobacco Experts Spar Over E-Cigarettes

There are arguments for and against e-cigarettes.

December 16, 2013 - Chattanooga Times Free Press

War on drugs shifts: Health care law expands coverage

CASAColumbia’s Emily Feinstein discusses addiction treatment coverage and the Affordable Care Act.

October 18, 2013 - The Daily Journal

NJ Lawmakers Eye Treatment Options for Heroin Abuse

CASAColumbia’s Susan E. Foster speaks to New Jersey lawmakers.

October 02, 2013 - USA Today

For Colleges, Does Drug Testing Really Prevent Drug Use?

Susan Foster tells USA Today that preventing substance use in college goes beyond drug testing.

September 21, 2013 - The Hill

FDA missing in action on e-cigarettes

CASAColumbia’s Susan Foster writes about the dangers of not regulating e-cigarettes.

September 09, 2013 - ProPublica

Inside a New York Drug Clinic, Allegations of Kickbacks and Shoddy Care

CASAColumbia’s Susan E. Foster discusses problems with addiction treatment.

August 23, 2013 -

More Teens Using Drugs at School, Study Shows

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey showed that more teens are drinking and using drugs in school.

August 12, 2013 - Fox 5

Binge Drinking in Older Women

CASAColumbia’s Susan E. Foster discusses binge drinking and older women.

July 25, 2013 - Elle

The New Science of Addiction: Is It Time to Rethink Rehab?

What needs to be done to make rehab more effective?

July 22, 2013 - The Huffington Post

Electronic Cigarettes-Let's Think Before We Inhale

CASAColumbia’s Chairman Jeff Lane warns of the dangers of e-cigarettes.

July 17, 2013 - The Daily Beast

When Rehab Doesn’t Work

The Daily Beast uses CASAColumbia’s Addiction Treatment report to help understand the gap in treatment.

July 02, 2013 - ABC News

More Women Overdosing on Painkillers, CDC Report Finds

CASAColumbia’s Susan Foster comments on this new trend.

May 16, 2013 - The Buffalo News

Teen Tells How Renaissance House Helped Him Conquer Addiction

Buffalo teen discusses how he overcame addiction.

April 23, 2013 - The Ridgefield Press

Prescription Drugs: Can Ridgefield Cure Itself?

Prescription drug misuse and addiction remains at the forefront of the town’s priorities as the national epidemic continues to grow along with the number of drug-related deaths in town.

April 22, 2013 - Business Insider

New Yorkers Discover the Benefits of Giving Up Booze

City residents see positive results when they quit drinking.

April 03, 2013 - The Hill

Fair 'Treatment' for the Military

Congress must create a comprehensive system of addiction and mental illness prevention and treatment, one that will help our military personnel long before they run afoul of the criminal justice system – or worse.

February 26, 2013 - The Huffington Post

What Would Happen if We Truly Treated Addiction as a Disease?

CASAColumbia President and CEO William Foster writes about addiction as a disease.

February 14, 2013 - Psych Central

The Problems With the U.S. Addiction Treatment System

This article on CASAColumbia’s report, Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice, outlines the flaws in the current addiction treatment system.

February 14, 2013 - The Huffington Post

Addiction Malpractice

This Huffington Post video examines problems with addiction treatment in the U.S.

February 04, 2013 - The New York Times

Effective Addiction Treatment

This article examines how addiction is treated in the U.S.

November 13, 2012 - Psychology Today

Public Health Enemy No. 1

Addiction is a public health crisis that needs to be addressed.

October 16, 2012 - Yahoo! News

Alcoholism Twice as Deadly for Women as for Men

What can be done to lower the mortality rate for women with addiction?

October 15, 2012 - American Medical News

Recognizing the Alcoholic Patient

Health care professionals must be better trained to spot patients with alcohol addiction.

October 08, 2012 - The Fix

Dear Mr. President: A Modest Proposal

Treating addiction as a disease is America’s greatest single opportunity to reduce costs to taxpayers, improve health and reduce crime.

October 03, 2012 -

Should States Let Families Force Addicts Into Rehab?

Should the family members of an addicted person be allowed to force someone into treatment?

September 03, 2012 - The Washington Post

Few Doctors Know How to Treat Addiction. A New Program Aims to Change That

A new program has emerged to train doctors how to better treat addiction.

August 23, 2012 -

More Teens Using Drugs at School, Study Shows

CASAColumbia's annual teen survey showed that more teens are drinking and using drugs in schol.

August 22, 2012 - ABC

Survey: More Students Doing Drugs, Smoking, or Drinking

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - The Inquisitr

Shocking Number of Teens Say Peers Do Drugs at School [Survey]

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens were drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Most Teens Surveyed Say Classmates Drink, Use Drugs on Campus

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - The Daily Mail

Survey: 17% of High School Students in U.S. Admit to Drinking, Smoking or Using Drugs During the School Day

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - The Daily News

Nearly 1 in 5 High Schoolers Go to Class Drunk or Stoned, Says New Columbia University Survey

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens go to school under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

August 22, 2012 -

New Study Finds More Kids Are Getting High at School

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - U.S. News & World Report

Many Teens Drinking, Taking Drugs During School: Survey

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - Christian Science Monitor

Almost 1 in 5 Teens Smokes or Uses Drugs at School, U.S. Students Report

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - CBS News

Survey: "Digital Peer Pressure" Fueling Drug, Alcohol Use in High School Students

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds social networking websites contribute to teen substance use.

August 22, 2012 - CNN

Survey: 17% of High Schoolers Drink, Smoke, Use Drugs During the School Day

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - ABC Chicago

Teen Study Reveals Prevalence of Drug Use at High Schools

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - Newser

86% of Teens Say Peers Smoke, Do School

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 22, 2012 - Gawker

Seventeen Percent of High Schoolers Are Drunk or Stoned During School

CASAColumbia’s annual teen survey finds teens are drinking and using other drugs at school.

August 16, 2012 - Rock Center with Brian Williams

Families Question Scientology-Linked Drug Rehab After Recent Deaths

Deaths at an addiction rehabilitation center lead people to question its methods.

July 17, 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Heroin on Rise, Numbers Show

More and more Americans are using heroin.

June 27, 2012 - The Huffington Post

Those With Addiction Neglected by U.S. Medical System

CASAColumbia’s President and CEO William Foster writes about the lack of quality addiction treatment.

June 26, 2012 - The Huffington Post

Addiction: America's Most Neglected Disease

Addiction treatment is neglected nationwide.

June 26, 2012 - The Oklahoman

Report Shows Disconnect Between Addiction Science, Treatment

Proper addiction treatment is lacking in the U.S.

May 29, 2012 - CNN's The Chart

Why 'Bath Salts' Are Dangerous

Consequences of addictive substance use can be horrific.

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