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Alternatives to Prison as a Solution to Mass Incarceration: An Interview with Michael Skolnik

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. 

Learn About the Importance of Healthy Mother/Child Relationships from Yale Researcher Megan V. Smith, DrPH, MPH

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.  

Vivitrol: An Underused Medicine in the Opioid Epidemic

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. 

When it comes to advertising, the alcohol industry regulates itself

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.

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