Narcan-maker Opiant abandons bulimia drug
Opiant Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company developing medicines for addictions and drug overdose, has halted its trial for a nasal spray designed to treat bulimia nervosa. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - February 22, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ice climbing helped her out of addiction; now, she's pulling others up
After strapping on all the required safety gear like helmets and crampons for our boots, Margo Talbot gives one last piece of advice before she starts climbing a wall of ice. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A 'joint' problem: Investigating marijuana and tobacco co-use
(Medical University of South Carolina) A survey of marijuana and tobacco co-users by Medical University of South Carolina investigators found that co-users with high degree of interrelatedness between their use of the two substances had greater tobacco dependence and smoked more cigarettes per day. However, the finding of a strong link between the two substances was not universal. These findings, reported in Addictive Behaviors, suggest that highly personalized treatments are needed for co-users who want to quit smoking. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. overdose deaths highest among wealthy nations, study says
Drug addiction has taken many lives globally, but it's had a disproportionate impact on life expectancy in the United States, a new study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Heroin buyers club' vision unveiled for legal heroin sales in B.C.
The B.C. Centre on Substance Use, along with other doctors, addiction experts, and drug users, is proposing a plan for how heroin could be legally sold to addicted people — a heroin buyers club. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Through my eyes: Opiate addiction
I remember my doctor telling me, 'Now, don ’t get hooked on these sweetheart,' but it was too late. I already was. This is the story of my opiate addiction. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Aggression, social environment, and internet gaming addiction among Korean adolescents - Yuh J.
I investigated whether or not aggression and social factors (i.e., family relationships and commitment to school) predict Internet gaming addiction in Korean adolescents, and I examined the mediating role of aggression in the relationship between these var... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

New York to help develop national ratings system for addictions programs
The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services announced New York was selected among five states to pilot a new national rating system for addiction treatment providers. During the 24-month pilot program, OASAS will work to align the rating system with ongoing initiatives in New York in tandem with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit based in New York that focuses on addictions issues. Massachusetts and Ohio are also participating, with two other states to be annou nced later. Other… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 21, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

New York to help develop national ratings system for addictions programs
The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services announced New York was selected among five states to pilot a new national rating system for addiction treatment providers. During the 24-month pilot program, OASAS will work to align the rating system with ongoing initiatives in New York in tandem with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit based in New York that focuses on addictions issues. Massachusetts and Ohio are also participating, with two other states to be annou nced later. Other… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 21, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Grant funds opioid addiction treatment in two county jails
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) In what could serve as a model for tackling one of the nation's top public health crises, a University of Massachusetts Amherst epidemiology researcher is teaming up with two Western Massachusetts sheriff's offices to design, implement and study an opioid treatment program for jail detainees in Franklin and Hampshire counties. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
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Source: ScienceNOW - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Tags: books Source Type: news

New Issue of NIAAA Spectrum is Now Available!
NIAAA Spectrum is the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's (NIAAA) triannual webzine. With engaging feature articles, short news updates, and colorful graphics,  NIAAA Spectrum offers accessible and relevant information on NIAAA and the alcohol research field.The latest issue is now available.  In This IssueAdvances in Understanding and Addressing Underage Drinking (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 20, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Indivior launches generic version of its Suboxone opioid drug
British drugmaker Indivior Plc said on Wednesday it had launched a copycat version of its blockbuster opioid addiction drug Suboxone in the United States, just one day after a court decision cleared the way for its rivals to market generic versions of it. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Indivior launches generic version of opioid drug after losing court battle
Indivior Plc has launched a copycat of its blockbuster opioid addiction drug in the United States, the British drugmaker said on Wednesday, after losing a long-drawn court battle to prevent entry of generic rivals in its biggest market. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

You CAN become dependent on Zyrtec and have itchy withdrawals from the allergy drug
Zyrtech is not addictive, but the bodies histamine receptors can become accustomed to always having it present - and itchy anxious withdrawals are 'absolute hell' - but the label doesn't warn you. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ERs often miss chance to send overdose survivors to addiction treatment programs
The ability divert ER patients into addiction recovery programs is often lacking. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

US Supreme Court clears way for Indivior opioid generic
The court's decision to reject Indivior's attempt to block copycats of its opioid addiction med is a win for generic drug maker Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - February 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

U.S. top court rejects bid to block Indivior opioid drug copycat
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to Indivior Plc on Tuesday, clearing the way for a copycat version of the British pharmaceutical firm's lucrative opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film in a victory for India-based generic drug maker Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Codeine: An Opioid Threat to Kids
TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 -- Codeine is one of the drugs at the center of the opioid epidemic affecting adults and teens across the United States. There are also concerns about its effects on very young children -- not addiction, but life-threatening... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 19, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New toolkit for genomic editing holds promise for addiction research
The scientific world has advanced immeasurably by the science of DNA and genetics. Manipulating gene expression to change the way that cells such as neurons function has helped scientists create very specific tools to use for understanding and developing treatments for human diseases. For human... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Genetics, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Researchers, Treatment Source Type: news

Monthly buprenorphine injections effective for opioid use disorders
A newly published study suggests the long-acting buprenorphine formulation BUP-XR is more effective than placebo in helping patients struggling with addiction to opioids. BUP-XR is a monthly extended-release injection. Source: Photo by©iStock.com/ognianm Daily dose buprenorphine was... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Narcissists and Abusers Use This to Target Empaths
Projection is a defense mechanism commonly used by abusers, including people with narcissistic or borderline personality disorder and addicts. Basically, they say, “It’s not me, it’s you!” When we project, we’re defending ourselves against unconscious impulses or traits, either positive or negative, that we’ve denied in ourselves. Instead we attribute them to others. Our thoughts or feelings about someone or something are too uncomfortable to acknowledge. In our mind we believe that the thought or emotion originates from that other person or thing. We might imagine “She hates me,&r...
Source: Psych Central - February 18, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT Tags: Abuse Anger Codependence Narcissism Personality Boundaries Defense Mechanisms emotional maturity externalization projection Shame Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Marijuana may be risky for those with heart disease
The case of a 70-year-old man who had a heart attack after eating a marijuana lollipop has caused concern in the medical community. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Trucking in meth: How smugglers sneak the destructive drug into Winnipeg
Before their arrest last October, police allege Allan Rodney and Shontal Vaupotic were smugglers. The truck they drove and the road they travelled for a major Western Canadian drug trafficking operation were their conduit to a highly addictive drug Winnipeggers are importing in droves. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Probability discounting of monetary gains and losses in opioid-dependent adults - Garami J, Moustafa A.
This study is the first to investigate how opioid-dependent individuals make ris... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Prescription painkillers found to worsen chronic pain, generating more demand for the same drugs
(Natural News) The opioid epidemic that is currently plaguing the United States is no longer a secret; millions of citizens across the nation are struggling with an addiction to the prescription painkillers. One of the primary defenses for these often-harmful drugs is that so many people take them to relieve unyielding and insufferable pain. But... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Naltrexone: a history and future directions - Srivastava B, Gold MS.
Trying to kick drug addiction without medicines is said to be like relying on willpower to overcome diabetes or asthma. Enter naltrexone, which has been around since 1984 and reduces the cravings for drugs and alcohol by fine-tuning the brain's chemical re... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The effect of matrix model on depression, anxiety, and quality of life in methamphetamine users and their caregivers - Masaeli N, Zarkob H, Kheirabadi G, Soleimani N, Amini M.
Subjects:  Addiction is a mental disorder that affects all aspects of life, individual health, family, and society. Methamphetamine is the second widely used illegal drug in the world, and Iran has the fifth highest prevalence of methamphetamine abuse. Thi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Big Pharma is blocking efforts to halt the opioid epidemic… because there's profit in POISON
(Natural News) The opioid addiction epidemic in the U.S. may be a problem longer than it has any right to be thanks to the efforts of Big Pharma, which is trying its hardest to block its treatment through one way or another. According to Robin Feldman, a professor in pharmaceutical law at University of California,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump Said China Doesn ’t Have a Drug Problem. The Data Tells A Different Story
President Donald Trump on Friday said that China does not have a drug problem, and suggested that the U.S. should emulate its harsh drug-regulation tactics — but data from China tells a different story. Trump spoke in the White House Rose Garden Friday to announce that he would declare a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall without Congressional approval. During the address, Trump also spoke about the ongoing substance abuse epidemic in the U.S., and referred to conversations he had with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who Trump said told him that China did not have a drug problem because it could use th...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized China Fentanyl healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a human-size bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

One size does NOT fit all when it comes to medicine: Genetic study finds wide variation in risk of addiction when opioids are used for chronic pain
(Natural News) Chronic pain often pushes people to use opioid painkillers such as morphine and Vicodin, which may leave sufferers with an increased risk of prescription opioid addiction. Millions of Americans see their doctors for chronic pains, and doctors, in turn, resolve to prescribe these medications for immediate relief. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug company used rap video to push for higher doses, sales
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a life-size bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Insurers Making It Harder to Treat Opioid Addiction: Study
FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 -- Insurance rules that limit access to the addiction treatment medication buprenorphine may be worsening the U.S. opioid epidemic, a new study suggests. " Buprenorphine is a safe and effective treatment that decreases deaths... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 15, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

USDA and HHS Partner to Create Recovery Housing in Rural Communities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a partnership to create addiction recovery transitional housing in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations that provide housing, treatment, job training, and other key services will be able to purchase homes from the USDA at a discount and convert them to transitional housing for people in substance misuse treatment and recovery. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 15, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Internal rap video adds to Insys woes in opioid trial
During the racketeering trial for Insys Therapeutics founder, federal prosecutors shared a five-minute in-house rap video that they say was designed to motivate employees to push sales of a highly addictive fentanyl spray. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - February 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Soterix Medical launches tDCS trial for cocaine addiction
Soterix Medical said yesterday that it won a Phase I NIH-SBIR contract from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Drug Abuse to launch a trial of its remote transcranial direct current stimulation platform intended to treat cocaine addiction. The Phase I contract comes with a value of approximately $475,000 delivered over a period of eight months and supports the application to a Phase II award for a larger efficacy trial which will culminate in an FDA marketing trial, the New York-based company said. Soterix Medical said that it aims to develop and validate the first self-administered electro...
Source: Mass Device - February 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Neurological Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Soterix Medical Source Type: news

American Well debuts next-gen telemedicine cart, partners with Netsmart on opioid addiction counseling
The company's new 250 cart connects providers to specialists anywhere, not just within their own system. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Prescription opioid use spreads through households – when one household member uses, it increases the risk of others becoming addicts
(Natural News) The country’s opioid epidemic involves not only current prescription opioid users, but their immediate family members as well. According to a report from Marissa J. Seamans of the John Hopkins Univeristy Bloomberg School of Public Health, living in a household with a prescription opioid user may cause others in the household to become... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New drug that reverses memory loss from aging set for human trials
Scientists at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have created a drug that reversed age-related memory loss in mice and is now set for human trials in the next two years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meth Abuse Driving Big Spike in Syphilis Cases
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- A startling increase in syphilis cases among Americans may be linked to addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs, federal health officials said Thursday. Between 2013 and 2017, the rate of syphilis infection among... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Insys executives used rap video to push sales of potentially lethal opioid
A newly released video is raising questions about Insys Therapeutics, a company at the center of a criminal investigation stemming from the nation's opioid epidemic. Former executives and managers for Insys are on trial in Boston. They're accused of bribing doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray. Tony Dokoupil reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New molecules reverse memory loss linked to depression, aging
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) New therapeutic molecules developed at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging.These molecules not only rapidly improve symptoms, but remarkably, also appear to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss in preclinical models. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Educate teens about cannabis mental health risks
Smoking cannabis in teens linked to greater risk of depression and suicidal thoughts and attempts Related items fromOnMedica ‘Hard-hitting’ approach to tackling addiction set to be dropped US use of broad-spectrum antibiotics shows worrying increase Commission more teen mental health and alcohol services Uni students risking health using drugs to get higher marks Failing national drugs policy behind rising death toll, say experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experimental 'nano-painkiller' is more effective and less addictive than morphine
Researchers at the University of Delaware and in France re-engineered naturally occurring compounds to treat pain with longer lasting effects than morphine but minimal addiction risk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Book Review: Eating Disorders: The Journey to Recovery Workbook, 2nd Ed.
There is no such thing as a life free of distress. And yet in the distress — by learning to move through it, find strengths that help us cope, and most importantly, not avoid it — we often find the path to growth. This path, from finding escape from the distress of life to finding growth in it, is also the journey that underlies the recovery from an eating disorder. “People with eating disorders, like all people, flourish when they feel a sense of agency,” write authors Laura J. Goodman and Mona Villapiano. In their new book, Eating Disorders: The Journey to Recovery Workbook, 2nd Ed., Laura J. Good...
Source: Psych Central - February 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Addictions Anorexia Binge Eating Book Reviews Bulimia Diet & Nutrition Disorders Eating Disorders General Habits Healthy Living Psychology Self-Esteem Self-Help Trauma Treatment Weight Loss books on how to recover from an Source Type: news

Transcript available for National Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day 2019
Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day is  an annual live online chat held between high school students and NIH scientists. Chat Day is part ofNational Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®. During Chat Day students have the opportunity to ask the questions they most want answers to about drugs, alcohol, and drug use, including drug and alcohol effects, how to help friends or family, and what causes addiction.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 12, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

60% fewer insurers cover opioid addiction drugs now than in 2007, study finds
Only 35% of insurers covered the opiod addiction treatment drug, buprenorphine, unrestricted in 2018, an Oregon Health and Science University study reveals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vulnerability to alcohol and drug addiction in adolescents: an experience in Bolivia - Saavedra AM, Tornese EB.
The objective of this study was to identify indicators of vulnerability to alcohol/drug use and abuse in certain adolescent personality profiles through the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory for Adolescents (MMPI-A) and obtain warning... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Crystal Meth Is North Korea ’ s Trendiest Lunar New Year ’ s Gift
Many North Koreans see the highly addictive drug as a useful stimulant. The government denies that it even exists in the country. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE IVES Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic North Korea Methamphetamines Smuggling Lunar New Year Addiction (Psychology) Radio Free Asia Source Type: news