CASAColumbia sat down with Greg Williams, Campaign Director of UNITE to Face Addiction, to discuss the organization’s work to reduce the human and social costs of addiction.
Despite an overall decline in secondhand smoke exposure, a breakdown of recently reported data showed some populations were still being affected more than others by secondhand smoke.
The police in Gloucester, Massachusetts have taken a radical approach to combating the opioid drug epidemic affecting their citizens. The Gloucester Initiative, implemented on June 1st of this year, promises social support and treatment as opposed to stigma and jail time.
References to smoking, drinking and drug use in movies and music have a significant influence on teens’ decisions to start using these substances. Exposure to this content makes teens more likely to use, and to use more. In a 2012 report, the Surgeon General concluded that “there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the initiation of smoking among young people.” And yet, movie companies continue to depict smoking in G, PG and PG-13 films.
If you call yourself a social smoker, you might believe that you aren’t really harming your health — after all, social smokers are defined as people who mostly smoke in social situations. They don’t smoke that much so they aren’t harming their health, right? Wrong.
In March, Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital announced the launch of a fellowship program in addiction medicine, joining the ranks of 26 other fellowship programs accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAMF). These programs fill a tremendous gap in care and help foster a more integrative health care system for patients and providers alike.
A relatively unknown prescribed opioid called Opana has hit hard in rural America, particularly in Indiana, and its misuse is reigniting concerns about a new HIV outbreak. This outbreak not only sheds light on the troubling opioid epidemic in the state, but also challenges the misconception that HIV is strictly an urban disease.
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