We had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Skolnik, an entrepreneur, civil rights activist, storyteller and motivational speaker, to discuss his advocacy efforts regarding alternatives to incarceration for people with addiction. In the past, Michael spent much of his career creating films in prisons, with a focus on juveniles in detention centers across the country. He became interested in addiction after seeing it in his family members.
As part of our Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Megan V. Smith, DrPH, MPH, Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine and Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Social Sciences at Yale School of Public Health, presented “Addressing Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences in Partnership with Mothers." We interviewed Dr. Smith to learn more about her fascinating research.
As many people across the U.S. continue to struggle with opioid addiction, several lifesaving medicines remain out of reach because of their cost or availability. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Vivitrol – a once-per-month injection that blocks the effects of opioids and reduces cravings. Vivitrol is an injectable form of the medication naltrexone, which is taken orally several times per week, and has been used to treat opioid addiction for over 20 years.
Nearly three decades after the federal government first banned funding for needle exchange programs, Congress has decided to change course. In December 2015, a congressional budget deal was approved and signed by President Obama to fund most core aspects of needle exchange programs.
As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate the nation, with overdose deaths hitting a record level in 2014, drug abuse and addiction are finally a political priority. President Obama proposed $1.1 billion in new funding and identified substance abuse as an opportunity for bipartisan agreement.
It often surprises people to learn that the alcohol industry is mostly self-regulated when it comes to advertising. There are relatively few laws at the federal level regulating alcohol advertising, and at the state level the laws vary. Instead, advertising by the alcohol industry is largely governed by voluntary standards set by the three alcohol-related trade associations: the Beer Institute, the Wine Institute, and the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.
You know the feeling…the phone buzzes and you can’t help but grab your phone to find out what’s happening. We may joke about our smartphone addiction, but what if there really is something to it?
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