How to stop smoking: Five steps to quitting the habit this Stoptober and beyond
SMOKING is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK, with links to cancer, heart disease and pneumonia. But smoking being highly addictive, what can you do to stub out the habit? Here are five ways to stop smoking this Stoptober . (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Achieve Life Sciences names new CEO, president
Achieve Life Sciences Inc. announced on Wednesday several leadership changes, including naming a new CEO and president. The clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, which is developing a plant-based remedy for tobacco addiction, named its chief financial and operating officer, John Bencich, as CEO and its chief medical officer, Cindy Jacobs, as its president. They both joined Achieve, which is dual headquartered in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., in 2017. Rick Stewart, Achieve’s current CEO… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 1, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Megan Campbell Source Type: news

Thomas Schwartz, MD, named chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
As interim chair, Schwartz has led efforts to expand clinical services for adults and children, including specialty programs in child psychiatry, addiction and for treating high risk suicidal patients. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - September 30, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: News Source Type: news

Recovery And Tutus: MTV Puts A New Face On Teenage Addiction
In telling the story of Alba, a 16 year old struggling with depression and substance use, who wears pink, tells jokes, and above all, has hope, MTV's new docuseries 16 and Recovering, changes the image of what it means to be someone struggling with teenage addiction. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Gold, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

FDA requiring Boxed Warning updated to improve safe use of benzodiazepine drug class
Listen to an audio podcast of the September 23, 2020, FDA Drug Safety communication to address the serious risks of abuse, addiction, physical dependence, and withdrawal reactions as FDA required the Boxed Warning be updated for all benzodiazepine medicines. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - September 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Evaluation of relation between interpersonal violence and drug abuse on cases attended to Menoufia University Hospital (a prospective study) - Habib N, El- Farouny RH.
BACKGROUND: Drug abuse and interpersonal violence are strongly linked to one another. The person's addiction to drugs increases the chances of being a perpetrator of violence or a victim to it. Illicit drugs use is recognized as a contributing factor to ne... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The mediating role of resilience between sensation-seeking and alcohol consumption in 24-40 year-old youth in Tehran: a descriptive study - Fathi M, Ahadi H, Jomehri F, Kalhornia Golkar M.
Background and Objectives: Alcohol addiction imposes heavy costs on health systems. Resilience is considered as a protective factor in the rate of alcohol consumption in sensation-seeking people. The purpose of this study was to determine how resilience me... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The relationship between mindfulness and borderline personality and suicidal thoughts in people under methadone maintenance therapy in Rafsanjan in 2018: a descriptive study - Sadeghi M, Mirzaeirad R.
In this study, the relationship between mindfulness and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Health On Wheels: Tricked-Out RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment To Rural Colorado
(Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markian Hawryluk Source Type: news

Health on Wheels: Tricked-Out RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment to Rural Communities
Features an addiction treatment program in Colorado that transformed six RVs into mobile clinics to reach rural and remote communities across the state. Even while other addiction clinics closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile clinics continued to provide addiction services, including a telehealth bridge to connect patients with doctors who can prescribe medicine to fight addiction. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Pandemic sets off future wave of worsening mental health issues
(University of Houston) Long after a COVID-19 vaccination is developed and years after the coronavirus death toll is tallied, the impact on mental health will linger, continuing to inflict damage if not addressed, according to new research. A psychology researcher at the University of Houston has published two papers discussing the psychological, addictive and health behavior issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic from a behavioral science perspective. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

3 weeks after province ends funding for injection site, unsanctioned space opens in Lethbridge
At sunset on Friday, a group of community volunteers and health-care professionals opened an unauthorized space in Lethbridge, Alta., in a tent for people with addictions to consume drugs. The provincial government calls the site illegal and says it expects police to take action. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Medical Cannabis Use For Mental Health Increased During Covid-19 Pandemic, Study Finds
A new study from the Journal of Addictive Diseases is highlighting one way that people are trying to cope with the stressful situation of the Covid-19 pandemic- using cannabis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Emily Earlenbaugh, Contributor Tags: Vices /vices Lifestyle /lifestyle Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Source Type: news

Cocaine addiction: Impact of genetic mutations elucidated
(Institut Pasteur) Cocaine addiction is a chronic disorder with a high rate of relapse for which no effective treatment is currently available. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, the CNRS, Inserm and the Paris Public Hospital Network (AP-HP) recently demonstrated that two gene mutations involved in the conformation of nicotinic receptors in the brain appear to play a role in various aspects of cocaine addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIH STTR grant to fast track new class of pain reliever without addiction or toxicity
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $1.9 million Fast-Track Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant to South Rampart Pharma. The New Orleans life science company is developing a new class of non-opioid medicines to relieve pain and reduce fever discovered at and licensed from LSU Health New Orleans, its formal collaborating research institution. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New study highlights success of a mobile outreach van helping people on the street w
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Novel mobile health program has proven to be an effective model for bringing opioid addiction treatment services directly to marginalized individuals, particularly the homeless. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vaping increases COVID susceptibility by a whopping 700%
(Natural News) Vaping is taking off in the teen world, as most of them think it’s less health-damaging than cigarettes, and they’re right. Problem is, they’re all still addicted to nicotine, the world’s 3rd most addictive drug, that constricts blood vessels, limiting oxygen and nutrient transport throughout the body. Guess what that means? Lower immune... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Requiring Labeling Changes to Benzodiazepine Prescribing Information
Update to Boxed Warning must include risks for abuse, misuse, addiction, physical dependence, withdrawal reaction (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Surgery, Institutional, Source Type: news

FDA Orders Stronger Warnings on Benzodiazepines FDA Orders Stronger Warnings on Benzodiazepines
The FDA wants updated boxed warnings on benzodiazepines to reflect the'serious'risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, physical dependence, and withdrawal reactions associated with these medications.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Alert Source Type: news

HHS: Delegation of Authority
Notice from the Secretary for Health and Human Services authorizing the Health Resources and Services Administrator to pay Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics for the training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. This delegation of authorities is effective September 18, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Addiction Doctor: Rural Residents Should Get Naloxone, Just in Case
Features an addiction doctor in Tennessee who explains that everyone should carry naloxone, especially in rural areas. Describes how rural areas often have huge opioid use disorder issues and with the pandemic increasing feelings of isolation and anxiety, substance use is on the rise and naloxone may save someone's life. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

F.D.A. Requires Stronger Warning Label for Xanax and Similar Drugs
Benzodiazepines — commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, seizures and panic disorders — are highly addictive and come with health risks, especially when combined with other drugs. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Mental Health and Disorders Opioids and Opiates Food and Drug Administration your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine Drug Class: Drug Safety Communication - Boxed Warning Updated to Improve Safe Use
The FDA is requiring the Boxed Warning be updated by adding other information to the prescribing information for all benzodiazepine medicines. This information will describe the risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, physical dependence, and withdrawal reactions across all the medicines in the class. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - September 23, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

FDA requiring Boxed Warning updated to improve safe use of benzodiazepine drug class
Includes warnings about the risks of abuse, addiction, dependence, and withdrawal. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - September 23, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

MTV Shifts The Narrative Of Teen Addiction With 16 And Recovering
MTV ’s new docuseries, 16 and Recovering, which airs its final episode this week, shifts the narrative of addiction to recovery and changes how addiction in teenagers is shown on television. Experts explain how doing this helps to change the stigma surrounding teen addiction moving forward. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Gold, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

MTV Showcases The Realities Of Teen Opioid Addiction In 16 And Recovering
MTV ’s new docuseries, 16 and Recovering, which airs its final episode this week, shifts the narrative of addiction to recovery and changes how addiction in teenagers is shown on television. Experts explain how doing this helps to change the stigma surrounding teen addiction moving forward. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Gold, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

New book on addiction from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press) 'Addiction, 2e' provides a comprehensive update on our understanding of the biological basis of and treatment strategies for addiction to psychoactive drugs, with an emphasis on opioids. Contributors examine the molecular targets of alcohol, cannabinoids, nicotine, stimulants, and opioids, the resulting changes to the neurocircuitry, and various genetic, environmental, developmental, and behavioral factors that influence the progression from abuse to addiction and susceptibility to relapse. Advances in animal models of addictive behavior and single-cell strategies to dissect neural cir...
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

BestSelf exec: $24M housing development represents expanded opportunity to serve clients
The agency is working on a site to help mothers in recovery through an addiction treatment program that allows women to bring their children. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

BestSelf exec: $24M housing development represents expanded opportunity to serve clients
The agency is working on a site to help mothers in recovery through an addiction treatment program that allows women to bring their children. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

‘Best’ hospitals should be required to deliver tobacco treatment
AUCLA-led report published today in the  Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine exposes what the authors call a weakness in the high-profile “Best Hospitals Honor Roll” published annually by U.S. News& World Report.The data used to compile the rankings are collected from multiple sources, including outcomes reported to the Joint Commission, an accreditation agency. Every three years, hospitals are required to complete a comprehensive review by the Joint Commission to earn or maintain accreditation. None of the top 20 hospitals in the 2020 –21 U.S. News rankings re...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 21, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Suicide linked to PUBG video gaming: a case report - Vidua RK, Bhargava DC, Chouksey VK, Mishra AK.
We report a college student who committed suicide by hanging when scolded by his parents... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Integrating targeted consultant pharmacists into a new collaborative care model to reduce the risk of falls in older adults owing to the overuse of opioids and benzodiazepines - Armistead LT, Hughes TD, Larson CK, Busby-Whitehead J, Ferreri SP.
Using central nervous system (CNS)-active medications increases older adults' risk for falls and fall-related injuries. Opioids and benzodiazepines are among the most widely used CNS-active medications and because of their addictive potential and widesprea... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Social media games: insights from Twitter analytics - Pai RR, Alathur S.
The addiction to online games and chat rooms has created a negative impact on human health by increasing the level of stress, anxiety, and aggression. Social media games are the one which was taken over various forms of engagement in the recent years with ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

Growth of Mount St. Mary's addiction program helps patients — and the bottom line
The expansion will create the region ’s largest hospital-based inpatient program for people struggling with alcohol and substance use problems. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Growth of Mount St. Mary's addiction program helps patients — and the bottom line
The expansion will create the region ’s largest hospital-based inpatient program for people struggling with alcohol and substance use problems. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

COVID Adds Risk for People With Addiction Disorders
People with a recent addiction disorder diagnosis were more likely than others to develop COVID-19, and the connection was strongest among those with opioid and tobacco use disorders, the findings showed. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Former Paramedic Pleads Guilty to Stealing, Diluting Ambulance Drugs
FDA OCI, James Poole, Webb City MO, emergency medical technician, EMT, Mercy Medical Center, steal, fentanyl, hydromorphone, vials, ambulances, Carthage MO, Mount Vernon MO, narcotics, opioids, tampering, vials, addict, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 18, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Rehab center for vets adding capacity, new clinics nationally
Bandera-based Warriors Heart is looking to expand to other cities in Texas and North Carolina, based on first-responder need, and to increase the number of beds at its current location, co-founder Josh Lannon told the Business Journal. Warriors Heart is the only private accredited treatment program in the U.S. for active duty military, veterans, first responders and EMTs/paramedics dealing with alcohol, prescription medication and drug addiction; post-traumatic stress disorder; mild traumatic brain… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jeannette E. Garcia Source Type: news

Wisconsin Awarded $16.7 Million Federal Grant to Counter Addictions to Opioids and Stimulants
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received a $16.7 million federal grant to reduce drug-related deaths. It is the latest round of funding under the State Opioid Response Grant Program managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Whileopioids remain the primary focus, this program now supports services for stimulants like cocaine andmethamphetamine. “We’re experiencing a drug addiction crisis...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 18, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

COVID-19 Poses Added Risk for People With Addiction Disorders: Study
FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2020 -- People with addiction disorders are at greater risk for COVID-19 and more likely to become seriously ill if infected, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed non-identifiable electronic health records of more than 73... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 18, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Defying the Family Cycle of Addiction
In a family plagued by addiction, I was determined to help my teen recover from surgery without opiates. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennie Burke Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Opioids and Opiates Families and Family Life Parenting OxyContin (Drug) Surgery and Surgeons Hernias Source Type: news

Dr. Sandra Brown to Deliver Virtual 2020 Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture
NIAAA grantee will discuss alcohol ’s effects on adolescent development (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - September 17, 2020 Category: Addiction Authors: Katherine Source Type: news

Presentation and validation of the Abbreviated Self Completion Teen-Addiction Severity Index (ASC T-ASI): a preference-based measure for use in health-economic evaluations - Reckers-Droog V, Goorden M, Kaminer Y, van Domburgh L, Brouwer W, Hakkaart-van Roijen L.
Economic evaluations of new youth mental health interventions require preference-based outcome measures that capture the broad benefits these interventions can have for adolescents. The Abbreviated Self Completion Teen-Addiction Severity Index (ASC T-ASI) ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

IU researchers receive grant to study potential new opioid addiction treatment
(Indiana University School of Medicine) Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are testing use of tezampanel, a novel antagonist at glutamate receptors that could treat opioid withdrawal syndrome and other addictions and mental illnesses. The school recently received a $12.3 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supporting a two-stage project for medication development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Safer supply program can reduce engagement with illicit drug market
New research by Yale addiction specialist Ryan MacNeil finds that dispensing prescription opioids to at-risk individuals can prevent fentanyl-related overdoses. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - September 15, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

'Soaring alcohol misuse' could overwhelm service
People are drinking more during the pandemic and addiction services may not cope, experts warn. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Substance use disorders linked to COVID-19 susceptibility
NIH research finds higher risk and worse outcomes for those with addiction. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - September 14, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The relationship between smartphone addiction and depression among university students in Karachi: a cross-sectional study - Abid U, Khan TJ, Sheikh A, Saleem S, Kayani HA, Habib MA.
BACKGROUND: Pakistan demographic and health survey (PDHS) estimated extensive ownership of cell phones in Pakistan with 94.7% in the urban population. Pakistan Advertiser Company reported 77 % of cell phone users aged between 21-30 years. Although, no rese... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

CAMH's new campaign tackles discomfort of talking about suicide
The goal of a new campaign from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is to normalize talking about suicide both for the hospital as a research institution, but also among families and friends, community members, religious institutions and the workplace so that those who are struggling can access treatment sooner. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

$14M for mental health and addictions services, Ford announces today
The provincial government is spending about $14 million to increase mental health and addictions services across Ontario. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Sudbury Source Type: news