In March, Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital announced the launch of a fellowship program in addiction medicine, joining the ranks of 26 other fellowship programs accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAMF). These programs fill a tremendous gap in care and help foster a more integrative health care system for patients and providers alike.
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.
A group of global tobacco health and policy researchers is calling for the sale of tobacco products to be phased out by 2040. The group writes that, with the backing of the United Nations and international governments, tobacco use can be reduced to less than five percent in just 25 years.
“Kids are Dying,” a documentary-style film, provides an up close look at the growing heroin epidemic in New Jersey. The film tackles this timely and relevant issue in the wake of many states, including New Jersey, declaring a state of emergency in response to the widespread increase in opioid addiction and overdose.
Are you planning to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras next year? If so, be prepared to see signs that say “No Smoking” in bars and casinos. The New Orleans City Council recently approved an ordinance for a total smoke-free ban, which will prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of workplaces, restaurants and bars.
It’s that time of the year again when many resolve to quit smoking. A growing number of smoking cessation apps for smart phones are out on the market. But are there any good ones?
A small handful of colleges and universities have taken steps in recent years to proactively address the issue of binge drinking on their campus. As of last Thursday, Dartmouth College joined other schools on a short list of academic institutions that no longer allow hard alcohol on campus, even for undergraduates above the legal drinking age of 21.
In November 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new policy that will require food establishments with over 20 locations to start posting the amount of calories in the food they sell. Although this is just one of many recent efforts made in the fight against the obesity epidemic, this policy takes a broader approach to the problem - requiring that the total calories in purchasable alcoholic beverages also be posted on menus for consumers.
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