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.
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 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.
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.
Research exploring the medicinal value of psychedelic drugs like LSD (commonly known as “acid”) and psilocybin (a natural compound found in “magic” mushrooms) is making a comeback and the results are encouraging. Several new studies indicate that small doses of psychedelic drugs, administered under the supervision of medical and mental health professionals, can effectively treat some psychological conditions, including end-of-life distress in patients with terminal cancer.
This week marks the 38th year that the American Cancer Society has sponsored the Great American Smokeout, a day that encourages people to quit smoking tobacco. The day is also an annual reminder to the nation of the challenges smokers face when they try to quit smoking.
As part of CASAColumbia’s Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Donna Shelley, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine, recently discussed her research on e-cigarettes. She shared her perspective on e-cigarettes’ effects on the re-normalization of smoking, marketing of e-cigarettes to kids, the role of big tobacco in e-cigarette marketing and sales, and what’s needed when it comes to future e-cigarette research.
It happens every year. You bought bags of candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters and now there’s a big bowl of leftovers sitting at home and in the office. How do you deal with being surrounded by chocolate all day long? If you are someone who has serious problems controlling your intake of sugary foods and drinks, this is no laughing matter.
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