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The very culture of drugs is addictive | Barbara Ellen
Getting hooked is not just about chemical propertiesA Canadian study suggests that people who think that they only use cocaine “recreationally” could bein danger of becoming addicted more easily than previously thought. After taking cocaine, participants underwent a PET scan while watching people with whom they had used the drug taking more cocaine. Just watching fellow participants take cocaine led to craving and a dopamine release in the dorsal striatum, which could lead to dependency.Certain hard partying reprobates may right now be thinking: “How do I get on to a study like that?” More seriously...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Barbara Ellen Tags: Drugs Society Psychology Science UK news Source Type: news

Trump's budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis
President Donald Trump's budget released this week would reduce funding for addiction treatment, research and prevention, and some families feel betrayed (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Matriarch of the Wahlberg family to be honored by Bay Cove Human Services
One of the state ’s biggest nonprofits that helps people with disabilities, mental health and addiction is honoring Alma Wahlberg, matriarch of one of Boston’s best-known families, whose first and last name is behind more than a dozen restaurants in the Boston area and across the country. Wahlberg will be the r ecipient of this year’s Changing Lives Award by Bay Cove Human Services, to be awarded at the Boston nonprofit’s annual gala on June 14. Wahlberg is the mother of actors and singers… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 26, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Don Seiffert Source Type: news

FDA Commissioner asks staff for ‘more forceful steps’ to stem the opioid crisis
This study also found that the longer a person’s first exposure to opioids, the greater the risk that he or she will continue using opioids after one, or even three years. For example, when a person’s first exposure to opioids increases from one day to 30 days, that person’s likelihood of continuing to use opioids after one year increases from 6% to about 35%. Working together, we need to do all we can to get ahead of this crisis. That’s why we’ll also be soliciting public input, through various forums, on what additional steps FDA should consider. I look forward to working closely with my FDA...
Source: Mass Device - May 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog FDA Voice Source Type: news

Trump budget dismays families hit by opioid addiction crisis
Some see President Donald Trump's proposed budget as a painful betrayal of those who trusted his campaign-trail pledge to make the opioid epidemic a priority (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Austin company taps into power of IBM's Watson to end drug overdoses
A new deal between a local software maker and one of the country's leading computer companies could revolutionize how drug addicts receive treatment. Here's how the partnership went down. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 25, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mike Cronin Source Type: news

Austin company taps into power of IBM's Watson to end drug overdoses
A new deal between a local software maker and one of the country's leading computer companies could revolutionize how drug addicts receive treatment. Here's how the partnership went down. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 25, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Mike Cronin Source Type: news

'It is a crisis': A father's mission to save drug-addicted teens from dying
Why an Ottawa-based entrepreneur has made it his life's mission to prevent drug-addicted teens from dying. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/The Current Source Type: news

The Candid, Honest Reasons These Women Called Off Their Engagements
K.J., a single mom, had been in a relationship with Ben for three years before deciding that enough was enough: He didn’t seem to want to move in together, let alone get married. “With a broken heart, I went to break it off with him, and in a panic, he asked me to marry him,” she told HuffPost. “Our engagement was more stressful than ecstatic.”  In the end, the engagement didn’t pan out. But she’s not alone; many women and men call off relationships with people they they seriously considered marrying.  A common reason is fear of commitment, according to Elisabeth LaM...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Ways We Can Begin Taking Preventative Measures Today To Improve Brain Fitness
This study was one of the catalysts for other researchers to begin exploring just how malleable the brain truly is, and how brain performance can be improved through deliberate practice. Combine these two categories of brain health—diagnosable diseases and “brain fitness”—and suddenly a new conversation has risen: can neuroplasticity-based brain training and related research-to-practice innovation actually impact mental health, help improve people’s lives, and finally, have a significant impact on the associated economic issues. BrainFutures thinks so. BrainFutures 2017, a conference set for ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One snort of cocaine is enough to get addicted
The McGill University, Montreal, findings show that many takers of the white powder could be further along the road to dependency than they may have realised. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating alcohol addiction by resetting balance in reward centers
A new study has identified two pathways in the reward center of the brain that may be manipulated to help treat alcohol addiction. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alcohol addiction may be treated by resetting reward center in brain
A new study has identified two pathways in the reward center of the brain that may be manipulated to help treat alcohol addiction. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BioCorRx to meet with the FDA for injectable, sustained-release opioid addiction therapy
BioCorRx (OTC:BICX) said today that the FDA has granted the anti-addiction developer a pre-investigational new drug meeting, scheduled for Sept. 19. The Anaheim, Calif.-based company said it is slated to review the development and marketing plan for BICX101, an injectable, sustained-release formulation of naltrexone as a therapy for opioid addiction and alcohol use disorders. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post BioCorRx to meet with the FDA for injectable, sustained-release opioid addiction therapy appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - May 25, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceuticals Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat BioCorRx Source Type: news

Today, Pro Skater Brandon Novak Is Two Years Clean And Sober From Opioids
When he was in active substance use, Brandon Novak was a hurricane. A walking disaster. He’s the first to admit it. Whether he was shooting heroin, drinking wine, or smoking crack, Novak left a trail of burnt bridges and broken relationships behind him. The pro skateboarder, bestselling author, and Jackass star was famous in part for his drug and alcohol abuse. Now, two years sober, he’s challenging the mainstream media’s perception of him—and of long term recovery. What is long term recovery? Although the recovery community doesn’t have a strict standard for it, the Surgeon General’s re...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Today, Pro Skater Brandon Novak Is Two Years In Recovery From Opioids
When he was in active substance use, Brandon Novak was a hurricane. A walking disaster. He’s the first to admit it. Whether he was shooting heroin, drinking wine, or smoking crack, Novak left a trail of burnt bridges and broken relationships behind him. The pro skateboarder, bestselling author, and Jackass star was famous in part for his drug and alcohol abuse. Now, two years sober, he’s challenging the mainstream media’s perception of him—and of long term recovery. What is long term recovery? Although the recovery community doesn’t have a strict standard for it, the Surgeon General’s re...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Resetting balance in reward centers may help treat alcohol addiction
(Elsevier) The human brain functions on a delicate balance of reinforcing positive behaviors and suppressing negative ones, which takes place in the dorsal striatum, a brain region critical for goal-directed behavior and implicated in drug and alcohol addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cuts to addiction services in England are ‘a false economy’
‘Savings’ in specialist services are increasing pressure elsewhere in the NHS, addiction expert warns Related items fromOnMedica Substance misuse grows in the 50+ age group UK ’s war on drugs has failed, say experts Medical cannabis should be made legal, say MPs Preventing drug-related deaths Failing national drugs policy behind rising death toll, say experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drug and drink addiction NHS help cuts are a ‘false economy’ says expert
CUTS to NHS services treating drink and drug addicts are “a false economy,” a leading expert has warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drink and drug service cuts will hit overstretched A & Es
Cuts to addiction services will impact A&Es and cost the NHS more in the long run, claims a Royal College of Psychiatrists professor. Budgets for services in some areas have been slashed by 50%. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump's Approach To The Opioid Epidemic: Neglect Treatment, Ignore The Experts
WASHINGTON – Since taking office, President Donald Trump has systematically removed or limited the power of federal officials and government offices that have the expertise to confront the nation’s opioid epidemic. Trump asked Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to resign in late April. He still has an acting director running the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although he backtracked on his reported plan to essentially gut his Office of National Drug Control Policy, staffers would be wise to polish their resumes.  Trump’s new budget proposal cuts all federal drug prevention programs by roughly...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Appeal To Bill And Melinda Gates For Your Help In Raising Healthy Children
Dear Bill and Melinda, The purpose of this letter is first to commend you for raising your own children with strong screen and phone limits, as this will serve them well. Bill, thank you for declaring in a recent article, “We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cellphones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.” Clearly, setting firm tech limits has long been a priority for your family, as a 2007 article highlighted the strong rules you enforce around your kids’ gaming and screen habits. The benefits for your childre...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IBC Foundation, PHMC to study 'warm handoff' strategy in opioid addiction battle
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation, in its latest initiative to address the region ’s growing opioid addiction crisis, is teaming up with Philadelphia-based Public Health Management Corp. to study the effectiveness of a “warm-handoff“ program established by five Bucks County Hospitals. “Warm handoffs” refer to the transfer of overdose survivors directly from an emergenc y room into a treatment program. Daniel J. Hilferty, the president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, said the IBC… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 24, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Cannabis could help crack cocaine addicts
If the Canadian research proves true in further scientific trials, it could lead to the herb being used in similar vain to methadone for heroin addicts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK seeks motivated Communications Manager (Campaigns and Media) to join team
Communications Manager (Campaigns and Media) This is an exciting opportunity to join a national organisation that is about to embark on a period of significant change. You will play a key role in developing some of our highest profile initiatives, including Dry January and Alcohol Awareness Week. You will also manage our relationship with the media. If you’re a motivated communications professional with a strong track record in delivering effective campaign strategies and media engagement, we’d like to hear from you. For background information about our organisation and the role, please see: Background informat...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - May 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Hookahs vs. Cigarettes (Addiction and Health Dangers)
Title: Hookahs vs. Cigarettes (Addiction and Health Dangers)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - May 24, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

New Springer book: Guerilla Science by Ernesto Altshuler
(Springer) Like the ants he studies, author Ernesto Altshuler has thrived by flirting with chaos. Facing challenges became a natural part of Altshuler's way of doing science. He became addicted to it. This book chronicles that addiction, the sense of freedom it gave him and the discoveries he made in experimental physics and the dynamics of social insects. Gallows humor and Altshuler's own cartoons capture the spirit of guerrilla science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

8 Habits That Make Millennials Stressed, Anxious And Unproductive
A version of this article was originally published on Forbes. Sign up for Caroline’s newsletter to get her writing sent straight to your inbox. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), millennials experience more stress and are less able to manage it than any other generation. More than half of us admit to having lain awake at night during the past month from stress. Not surprisingly, millennials are also more anxious than older Americans. The APA reports that 12 percent of millennials have a diagnosed anxiety disorder—almost twice the percentage of Boomers. On a non-clinical scale, a BD...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Checking Patient's Drug History May Help Curb Opioid Abuse
Sharpest declines seen in states like New York with strict rules for doctors Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Opioid Abuse and Addiction (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA commissioner Gottlieb calls for ‘ more forceful steps ’ to curb opioid epidemic
Scott Gottlieb, the new head of the Food and Drug Administration, called on his staff Tuesday to explore “additional, more forceful steps” to curb the opioid crisis — and especially to find ways to reduce the number of new cases of addiction. Calling the epidemic his “highest initial priority,” Gottlieb suggested that the agency consider mandatory […]Related:Trump budget seeks huge cuts to disease prevention and medical research departmentsJust one alcoholic drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, study saysGender-confirmation surgeries increase after social changes (Source: W...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Checking Patient's Drug History May Help Curb Opioid Abuse
TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 -- Doctors can help stem the U.S. opioid epidemic by checking their patients'drug history before prescribing powerful painkillers, a new study suggests. Addicts frequently " doctor-shop " in an attempt to obtain opioids such as... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 23, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Recreational cocaine: Brain area involved in addiction activated earlier than thought
(McGill University) Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers at McGill University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Long-term anabolic steroid use linked to damage to heart and arteries
©shutterstock.com/Pivot/©istock.com/Eraxion/ New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that long-term exposure to anabolic-androgenic steroids may be associated with substantial impairment of the heart, including a reduction in pumping performance and damage to the. .. (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 23, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Medical Consequences, Researchers, Steroids (Anabolic) Source Type: news

1 in 4 Americans Knows Someone Hooked on Opioids: Poll
Three - quarters believe that people can beat the addiction (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - May 22, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Dependence, News, Source Type: news

Wisconsin Increases Efforts to Help Young People Battling Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced a new investment to support young people battling addiction and mental health disorders. The Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS) applied for, and received, the federal grant to improve treatment for adolescents and youth with substance use disorders and/or mental health disorders. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides $760,000 in annual funding for four years starting...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 22, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Media Advisory: Intestinal fungi linked to worsening of alcoholic liver disease
 What A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is among the first to suggest that intestinal fungi may contribute to the development of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). ALD encompasses a broad range of liver diseases, from simple steatosis (fatty liver) to end-stage liver disease, or cirrhosis (liver cell death). Liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of mortality worldwide, with approximately half of those deaths due to alcohol misuse.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 22, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Addictions program expansion will help the community, and Eastern Niagara's bottom line
Eastern Niagara Hospital ’s CEO says an expansion of its chemical dependency program is one part of a larger plan to shore up operations and strengthen the hospital system. With one final approval expected in early June by state health officials, the hospital will move its 20-bed inpatient addictions treatment program fr om Lockport and expand it to 30 beds at its Newfane site, where it previously operated a 63-bed inpatient hospital. Clare Haar, CEO, says the 30-year-old program provides a much-needed… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Addictions program expansion will help the community, and Eastern Niagara's bottom line
Eastern Niagara Hospital ’s CEO says an expansion of its chemical dependency program is one part of a larger plan to shore up operations and strengthen the hospital system. With one final approval expected in early June by state health officials, the hospital will move its 20-bed inpatient addictions treatment program fr om Lockport and expand it to 30 beds at its Newfane site, where it previously operated a 63-bed inpatient hospital. Clare Haar, CEO, says the 30-year-old program provides a much-needed… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 22, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

There’s One Thing You Can’t Forget As You Embrace Change
Everyone knows that change can be hard, whether it hurts you or is for the benefit of all involved. Change happens everywhere all the time from the changing of the weather and the seasons to changing of emotions or even changing appearances. Sometimes you only really notice changes which spark your memories of what once was. When it comes to personal changes from breaking habits or recovering or even solving problems in relationships, change can be one of the hardest obstacles anyone faces. Stephen Grosz wrote in The Examined Life, “I want to change, but not if it means changing.” That quote alone speaks vol...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 in 4 Americans Knows Someone Hooked on Opioids: Poll
MONDAY, May 22, 2017 -- More than a quarter of Americans -- and 1 in 3 millennials -- say they know someone addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Also, most... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 22, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Does moderate drinking really protect against heart disease?
A new review finds the existing research to be biased and suggests that moderate drinking does not stave off heart disease after all. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Weight loss surgery may cause alcohol addiction
New large-scale, long-term study suggests that a popular weight loss surgical procedure may raise the risk of alcohol dependence, years after surgery. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Source Type: news

The decision neuroscience perspective on suicidal behavior: evidence and hypotheses - Dombrovski AY, Hallquist MN.
PURPOSE of review: Suicide attempts are usually regretted by people who survive them. Furthermore, addiction and gambling are over-represented among people who attempt or die by suicide, raising the question whether their decision-making is impaired. Advan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Proof that crisps are as addictive as hard drugs
Britain is a nation of snackers. We spend more than £2.8 billion a year on snack foods – from crisps and nuts to popcorn – eating them on average seven times a week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 Things That Set The Best Bosses Apart
TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that the best bosses have a lot in common. In particular, 90% of them are skilled at managing their emotions in order to stay focused, calm, and productive. These folks have high emotional intelligence (EQ), a skill set that’s critical to achieving your dreams. It also happens to make them great to work for. It’s through a leader’s actions—what he or she does and says on a daily basis—that the essence of great leadership becomes apparent. Behavior can change, and leaders who work to improve themselve...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health minister sees 'clean heroin' as potential saviour for some opioid addicts
Giving people with severe addictions prescription heroin could save lives as Canada continues to struggle with a opioid overdose epidemic, says Health Minister Jane Philpott. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Anthony Weiner May Have 'A Sickness,' But It's Probably Not Sex Addiction
(Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An advance in prescription opioid vaccines: overdose mortality reduction and extraordinary alteration of drug half-life - Kimishima A, Wenthur CJ, Zhou B, Janda KD.
Prescription opioids (POs) such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly effective medications for pain management, yet they also present a substantial risk for abuse and addiction. The consumption of POs has been escalating worldwide, resulting in tens of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Area-level deprivation and adverse consequences in people with substance use disorders: findings from the Psychiatric and Addictive Dual Disorder in Italy (PADDI) Study - Carr à G, Crocamo C, Borrelli P, Tabacchi T, Bartoli F, Popa I, Montomoli C, Clerici M.
BACKGROUND: Environmental factors may operate with individual ones to influence the risk of substance use. Research has focused on severe adverse consequences influenced by contextual variables. However, the literature on community level factors influencin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Public stigma toward people with drug addiction: a factorial survey - Sattler S, Escande A, Racine E, G öritz AS.
OBJECTIVE: Stigmatizing attitudes toward people with a drug addiction have detrimental effects on the lives of these people. However, the factors that influence stigma toward people with a drug addiction have not yet been thoroughly investigated, compared ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news