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.
Shocking stories about the use of the synthetic marijuana, or K2, have been sweeping newsstands and social media channels. That is because an alarming number of individuals on the drug are flooding emergency rooms and police departments, acting violent, delusional, anxious and combative. U.S. poison centers have experienced a 229 percent increase in calls related to use and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the number of synthetic marijuana overdoses an outbreak. But what exactly is synthetic marijuana and why is there a spike in use?
It’s no secret that risky drinking, or drinking alcohol at levels that put a person at risk of health problems, is prevalent among students at colleges and universities. To get the perspective of addiction experts on this topic, we spoke with Clayton Neighbors, PhD, Professor, Director of Social Psychology and Director of the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab at the University of Houston and CASAColumbia’s President & CEO, Samuel Ball, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, to ask them questions about risky drinking at college.
The recent deaths of two young adults have put the dangers of excess caffeine consumption into sharp focus. In June of this year, the state of Ohio became the first state to ban pure powdered caffeine after a teenager overdosed on the stimulant and died days before his high school graduation.
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