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Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD, on the behavioral addictions of sex, gambling and Internet use

As part of our Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD, Senior Scientist at Center on Addiction and Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, discussed his latest research in his talk “Behavioral Addictions: A Current Understanding of Excessive Gambling, Internet Use and Sex.” We interviewed Dr. Potenza to hear more about this interesting area of study.

Should the government ban smoking in public housing?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently proposed a rule that would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to implement smoke-free policies. Under HUD’s proposed rule, PHAs must ban the use of lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or pipes) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. But will this rule disproportionately affect low-income individuals? 

Looking at Food Addiction Through the Lens of Substance Addiction

This week, Center on Addiction released a report, Understanding and Addressing Food Addiction: A Science-Based Approach to Policy, Practice and Research, which explores the ways in which our knowledge of the causes, mechanisms and consequences of substance addiction might help to improve our understanding and approach to a critical challenge facing our nation: unhealthy and excessive eating.

Five Minutes With Stephen Ross, MD, Expert in the Therapeutic Application of Psychedelic Drugs

As part of Center on Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Stephen Ross, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center, discussed his latest findings on using psilocybin to reduce the psychological effects and severe stress that many advanced stage cancer patients face. We spoke with Dr. Ross to hear a little bit more about this fascinating area of research.

Have The Talk with Your Kids in the New Year

A new year calls for new beginnings and new conversations. Some of the more difficult conversations are the ones that parents have with their children pertaining to alcohol and drug use. Nevertheless, they are important talks to have. Research tells us that teens who are educated about the risks of drugs from their parents are less likely to use. In fact, most teens credit conversations with Mom and Dad as their main reason for deciding not to do drugs. 

Drinking During the Holiday Season: What to be Aware of

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – spending quality time with family and friends, gift giving and receiving, and holiday parties. With this merriment often comes more drinking, but what is it about these parties that makes people drink more than they usually do? It turns out your holiday celebrations can impact your alcohol consumption in ways you may not expect.

There’s No Medical Justification to Limit Access to Life-Saving Opioid Treatment Buprenorphine

There is a long standing federal policy in the U.S. limiting access to life-saving treatments for people addicted to opioids. One of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction – buprenorphine – can only be prescribed by doctors who have completed a special training and qualify for a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) waiver. Doctors who get the waiver can then treat up to 30 patients in their first year and up to 100 patients in subsequent years.  

A Day in the Life of a Research Associate at CASAColumbia

An important part of the work being done at CASAColumbia is the research that helps to inform and guide the public, evaluate and improve health care, and analyze and recommend policies on substance use and addiction. But what exactly does that mean and what type of research is being conducted? We sat down with Alma Hidalgo, M.A., Research Associate to find out a little bit more about the exciting work she does at CASAColumbia and how it impacts the community.  

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