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Newswise: New study examines neighborhood and social network's relation to binge drinking among adults
Released: 7-May-2021 3:20 PM EDT
New study examines neighborhood and social network's relation to binge drinking among adults
Indiana University

Study examines how neighborhood and social network characteristics relate to adult binge drinking.

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Released: 3-May-2021 2:50 PM EDT
WashU Expert: FDA menthol ban would benefit Black, younger Americans
Washington University in St. Louis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes and all flavored cigars could be particularly beneficial for Black and young people, says an expert on tobacco control at Washington University in St. Louis.“Around 80% of adult Black smokers and more than half of people age 18-34 use menthol brands,” said Todd Combs, research assistant professor at the Brown School who works on the Advancing Science & Practice in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project, which uses agent-based modeling to test the potential impact of retail tobacco policies.

Released: 3-May-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media
Michigan State University

Social media may make it easier for people to engage online, but I does not provide certain benefits of real-life human interactions, says a Michigan State University researcher.

Newswise: PsychLight Sensor to Enable Discovery of New Psychiatric Drugs
Released: 28-Apr-2021 12:35 PM EDT
PsychLight Sensor to Enable Discovery of New Psychiatric Drugs
UC Davis Health

UC Davis researchers develop PsychLight, a sensor that could be used in discovering new treatments for mental illness, in neuroscience research and to detect drugs of abuse.

Released: 27-Apr-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Impact of COVID-19 on racial-ethnic minorities among persons with opioid use disorder
University of Connecticut

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted health disparities for people of color, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Released: 26-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Two Novel Biobanks Offer Investigatory Targets for Cocaine and Oxycodone Addiction
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers have created to novel biobanks of diverse tissues from animals to further explore the biological bases and consequences of addiction to cocaine and oxycodone.

Newswise: IU researchers tackle the challenges of conducting intrastate policy surveillance
Released: 22-Apr-2021 9:25 AM EDT
IU researchers tackle the challenges of conducting intrastate policy surveillance
Indiana University

IU researchers tackle the challenges of conducting intrastate policy surveillance and find accessing county and municipal laws challenging in Indiana.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Efforts to reduce opioid prescriptions may be hindering end-of-life pain management
Oregon State University

Policies designed to prevent the misuse of opioids may have the unintended side effect of limiting access to the pain-relieving drugs by terminally ill patients nearing the end of their life, new research led by the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy suggests.

Newswise: Cannabis Use Disorder Rate Rose among Pregnant Women between 2001-2012
20-Apr-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Cannabis Use Disorder Rate Rose among Pregnant Women between 2001-2012
University of California San Diego Health

Babies born to mothers diagnosed with cannabis use disorder are more likely to experience negative health outcomes, such as preterm birth and low birth weight, than babies born to mothers without a cannabis use disorder diagnosis, report UC San Diego researchers.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 4:00 PM EDT
June 2021 Issue of AJPH Comprises the Effects of COVID-19 on Drug Overdoses, E-cigarette Use, and Public Health Measures and Strategies
American Public Health Association (APHA)

June 2021 AJPH Issue highlights COVID-19 concerns in relation to fatal drug overdoses, drops in youth e-cigarette use, importance of public health measures, and strategies to protect correctional staff.

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Released: 15-Apr-2021 3:20 PM EDT
COVID-19 reduces access to opioid dependency treatment for new patients
Princeton University

COVID-19 has been associated with increases in opioid overdose deaths, which may be in part because the pandemic limited access to buprenorphine, a treatment used for opioid dependency, according to a new study led by Princeton University researchers.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Scientists put the stopwatch on cannabis intoxication
University of Sydney

A comprehensive analysis of 80 scientific studies has identified a 'window of impairment' of between three and 10 hours caused by moderate to high doses of the intoxicating component of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Newswise: IU study finds efforts to increase nurse practitioners prescribing buprenorphine falls short
Released: 12-Apr-2021 11:05 AM EDT
IU study finds efforts to increase nurse practitioners prescribing buprenorphine falls short
Indiana University

Since 2016, a federal regulation has allowed nurse practitioners and physician assistants to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder as a medication assisted treatment.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Pandemic-Related Anxiety Associated with Women Drinking More
Iowa State University

In a new study, nearly two-thirds of female participants reported drinking more since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, including increases in daily drinking, drinking earlier in the day, and binge drinking.

1-Apr-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Medication Access for Opioid Use Disorder Lower Among Those Involved with Criminal Justice System
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Among people with opioid use disorder (OUD), more than half have reported contact with the criminal justice system. A new study published today in Health Affairs reveals that Medicaid expansion is associated with substantial improvements in access to medications for OUD. However, the study also reveals that individuals referred for treatment by the criminal justice system were substantially less likely to receive medications for OUD as part of the treatment plan.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Researchers find large trade of opioids on the dark web
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A string of opioid trade sites on the dark web have been uncovered by researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics.

Released: 25-Mar-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Carrying Naloxone Can Save Lives but Newly Abstinent Opioid Users Resist
University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that opioid users who participated in a 12-step abstinence program and recently stopped using drugs refused to take home naloxone, even if having it on hand might save lives.

23-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Text Message Program Shows 60 Percent of Opioid Tablets Unused After Common Procedures
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A Penn Medicine new study of how text messaging could inform opioid prescribing practices showed that 60 percent of opioids are left over after orthopaedic and urologic procedures

Newswise: Starting Smoking Cessation in Hospitalized Patients Would Reduce Many Premature Deaths
Released: 25-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Starting Smoking Cessation in Hospitalized Patients Would Reduce Many Premature Deaths
Florida Atlantic University

Each year in the U.S., about 30 million hospitalizations occur in individuals 18 and older. Of these, more than 7 million are current cigarette smokers whose average hospital stay is several days. Researchers say that starting smoking cessation therapy during hospitalization and maintaining high adherence post-discharge can markedly improve permanent quit rates in these patients with minimal to no side effects. Cessation therapy also should include long-term counseling and at least 90 days of a prescription drug, specifically, varenicline.

Newswise: Initiative to Get COVID-19 Vaccines to People with Substance Use Disorder Launched by Addiction Policy Forum (APF) and Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE)
Released: 23-Mar-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Initiative to Get COVID-19 Vaccines to People with Substance Use Disorder Launched by Addiction Policy Forum (APF) and Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE)
Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts and Addiction Policy Forum

The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) and the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) are launching a program to assist people with substance use disorder obtain COVID-19 vaccinations.

Released: 18-Mar-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Arkansas Society of Anesthesiologists and American Society of Anesthesiologists Applaud Arkansas Senate Public Health Committee on Passing SB 505 Giving Protection to Patients Prescribed Opioids
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The Arkansas Society of Anesthesiologists (ARSA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today applaud bill sponsor Sen. Cecile Bledsoe and the Arkansas Senate Public Health, Labor and Welfare Committee for helping to ensure the safety of patients prescribed opioids. Arkansas State Drug Director Kirk Lane and Jonathan Goree, M.D., a physician anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist, testified for the bill.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 17-Mar-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Wednesday.

16-Mar-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Staff Dedication Key To Patient Satisfaction with Substance Use Treatment Facilities, Study Shows
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Researchers at Penn Medicine used machine learning-aided analysis to uncover top positive and negative themes in patient Yelp reviews of substance use treatment facilities

12-Mar-2021 4:20 PM EST
Dual health-risk behaviors in young adults: Problem drinking and maladaptive eating both linked to the brain’s reward pathway and impulsivity
Research Society on Alcoholism

Risky drinking often co-occurs with maladaptive eating in young adults, according to a study reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. While previous research had suggested a link between heavy alcohol use and obesity-related factors in college students, the latest study aimed to identify specific profiles of problematic drinking, food addiction, and obesity within a more diverse sample of community-dwelling young people. The researchers also explored shared theoretical risk factors for heavy drinking and overeating, and how these differ across the profiles. Calorie-dense food and alcohol both require little effort to obtain and consume, and each generates immediate and potent experiences of reward in the brain. According to ‘reinforcer pathology’ theory, people who place a high value (‘demand’) on unhealthy items, and who also favor small immediate rewards (such as food and alcohol) over larger delayed rewards (such as health), are at highest risk for overconsumption

16-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) Announces Grants Totaling $1.3 Million to Assess Impact of COVID-19 on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Equity
Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE)

The coronavirus pandemic has led to several temporary regulatory relaxations and policy innovations in treatment for opioid use disorder aimed at making it easier for those seeking care to access treatment without risking in-person interactions. The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) today announced it is providing grants totaling $1.3 million to six organizations to assess the impact of these temporary measures and inform future policies to improve access and promote equity for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Released: 11-Mar-2021 1:55 PM EST
Sharp reductions in costs of producing cannabis, fentanyl likely to spur widespread changes in use, dependence
Carnegie Mellon University

The legalization of cannabis and the arrival of nonmedical fentanyl are fundamentally changing drug markets in North America.

Released: 11-Mar-2021 1:30 PM EST
Daily e-cigarette use shows 'clear benefit' in helping smokers to quit
King's College London

A new study published Tuesday 10 March, No Smoking Day, from King's College London highlights the 'clear benefit' of using e-cigarettes daily in order to quit smoking, and supports their effectiveness when compared to other methods of quitting, including nicotine replacement therapy or medication.

Released: 11-Mar-2021 1:25 PM EST
Recuperation unit decreased hospitalizations of homeless individuals with COVID-19
Boston Medical Center

A new study shows that providing a non-acute care space after hospital discharge for patients with COVID-19 who are experiencing homelessness helped reduce hospitalizations and keep inpatient beds available for those requiring acute care.

10-Mar-2021 8:40 AM EST
People in Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder may Struggle to Abstain During COVID-19 Lockdown
Research Society on Alcoholism

The first-wave COVID-19 lockdown in Barcelona, Spain, has been linked to increased drinking among people recovering from alcohol use disorder (AUD), as reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Pandemic-associated stress has already been associated with increased drinking in the general population, but few studies have examined the impact among people with a clinical diagnosis of AUD, who may be particularly susceptible to using alcohol as a coping mechanism. Additionally, almost all COVID-19 studies to date have been based on self-reported alcohol use, which does not always provide an accurate measure, particularly among heavy drinkers and those with AUD. In the latest study, researchers used the results of urine alcohol tests to assess changes in alcohol consumption among people with AUD before and after the first-wave lockdown. Although the lockdown in Spain was one of the strictest in the world, with residents allowed to leave homes for basic needs only, alcohol r

Newswise: Rutgers Names Inaugural Executive Chair of Psychiatry, Director of New Genomic Psychiatry Center
Released: 9-Mar-2021 5:55 PM EST
Rutgers Names Inaugural Executive Chair of Psychiatry, Director of New Genomic Psychiatry Center
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Dr. Carlos Pato and Dr. Michele Pato to Oversee Behavioral Health, Addictions and Genomic Psychiatry Research at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Released: 9-Mar-2021 2:00 PM EST
More evidence is urgently needed on opioid use in Black communities
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Although the prevalence of opioid use among Black people is comparatively low, the rate of opioid deaths has increased the sharpest and fastest among that population in recent years, according to an article in the March/April issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 8-Mar-2021 2:15 PM EST
UTHealth leading nation’s largest opioid use disorder recovery housing study
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

One of the nation’s largest research projects aimed at measuring the outcomes of medication-assisted recovery (MAR) housing for opioid-use disorder will launch this spring, led by harm reduction specialists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in partnership with the Health and Human Services Commission’s Texas Targeted Opioid Response Program (TTOR).

Newswise: Opioid Prescriptions for Common Orthopaedic Procedures Lack Consistency
Released: 3-Mar-2021 1:05 PM EST
Opioid Prescriptions for Common Orthopaedic Procedures Lack Consistency
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

A new review article published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) examines the variability that exists in opioid prescribing patterns across the United States for many common orthopaedic procedures. While the Northeast and Midwest were most impacted by the opioid epidemic, the study found that patients in the West and South consistently were given prescriptions at or greater than the national medians. These regional and national variations in opioid prescribing practices can serve as a benchmark for orthopaedic surgeons to help develop guidelines to reduce excess postoperative opioid prescriptions.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 3-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EST
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Wednesday.

Newswise: Opioid overdose reduced in patients taking buprenorphine
1-Mar-2021 5:30 PM EST
Opioid overdose reduced in patients taking buprenorphine
Washington University in St. Louis

The drug buprenorphine is an effective treatment for opioid use disorder, but many who misuse opioids also take benzodiazepines — drugs that treat anxiety and similar conditions. Many treatment centers hesitate to treat patients addicted to opioids who also take benzodiazepines. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis studied overdose risk in people taking buprenorphine and found that the drug lowered risk, even in people taking benzodiazepines.

Released: 2-Mar-2021 4:10 PM EST
FAIR Health releases study on impact of COVID-19 on pediatric mental health
Fair Health

In March and April 2020, mental health claim lines for individuals aged 13-18, as a percentage of all medical claim lines, approximately doubled over the same months in the previous year.

Released: 1-Mar-2021 12:00 AM EST
Financial Incentives for Hospitals Boost Rapid Changes to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

In a study at Penn researchers found that Pennsylvania’s financial incentive policy encouraged hospitals to enact rapid changes to support treatment for opioid use disorder for patients visiting the ED, and evaluates the efficacy of the Opioid Hospital Quality Improvement Program.

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Released: 25-Feb-2021 4:30 PM EST
Cigna Designates Henry Ford Maplegrove as a Center of Excellence for Substance Use Treatment
Henry Ford Health System

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI (February 23, 2021)—Henry Ford Maplegrove Center is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a Cigna Center of Excellence for Substance Use. The designation recognizes top performing addiction recovery centers that provide patients with quality care, an exceptional experience and cost efficiency.

Newswise: Three Longtime Antibiotics Could Offer Alternative to Addictive Opioid Pain Relievers
Released: 22-Feb-2021 3:00 PM EST
Three Longtime Antibiotics Could Offer Alternative to Addictive Opioid Pain Relievers
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Feb. 22, 2021 – Three decades-old antibiotics administered together can block a type of pain triggered by nerve damage in an animal model, UT Southwestern researchers report. The finding, published online today in PNAS, could offer an alternative to opioid-based painkillers, addictive prescription medications that are responsible for an epidemic of abuse in the U.S.

Newswise: IU study finds unintended consequences of state, opioid policies
Released: 17-Feb-2021 12:15 PM EST
IU study finds unintended consequences of state, opioid policies
Indiana University

IU study finds unintended and negative consequences of policies designed to reduce the supply of opioids in the population for overdose.

15-Feb-2021 11:55 AM EST
High Patient Uptake for Text Message System Monitoring Opioid Use in Real-Time
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Among the orthopaedic surgery patients in a study using text messaging to monitor opioid use, 61 percent of their tablets were found to be left over

Released: 15-Feb-2021 11:00 AM EST
New hope for treating chronic pain without opioids
University of Michigan

According to some estimates, chronic pain affects up to 40% of Americans, and treating it frustrates both clinicians and patients––a frustration that's often compounded by a hesitation to prescribe opioids for pain.

Released: 10-Feb-2021 6:05 AM EST
Patients on Chronic Opioids Likely to Live in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, Have Worse Anxiety and Depression
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)

People treated with chronic opioid therapy for pain are more likely to live in socially disadvantaged areas and self-report worse anxiety, depression and pain that interferes in their lives, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting.

Newswise: Electronic Nicotine Dispensing Systems: Recreational or Prescription Drug
Released: 4-Feb-2021 4:15 PM EST
Electronic Nicotine Dispensing Systems: Recreational or Prescription Drug
American Public Health Association (APHA)

February Issue of the American Journal of Public Health Special Section focuses on the impact of E-Cigarettes.


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