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Medicine and the Epidemic of Incarceration in the United States
The New England Journal of Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Over the past 40 years, the number of people in U.S. prisons has increased by more than 600 percent — an unprecedented expansion of the criminal justice system. Much of the increase in the prisoner census is a result of the "War on Drugs" and the country's failure to treat addiction and mental illness as medical conditions. More


Perturbation of the Glutamate — Glutamine System in Alcohol Dependence and Remission
Neuropsychopharmacology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brain levels of glutamate and its metabolites, such as glutamine, are likely to be chronically altered by alcohol, possibly providing a measure of overall abnormal Glu–Gln cycling. This study suggests that altered Glu–Gln metabolism may either predate the onset of abuse or persist during prolonged abstinence. More


Smoking Significantly Raises Cancer Odds for Women
HealthDay News via Medline Plus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Long-term smoking significantly increases the risk of invasive breast, lung, and colon cancers in women with a high risk of breast cancer, according to research. Researchers analyzed how smoking, drinking, and physical activity affected the risk of several common cancers in 13,388 women at increased risk of breast cancer because of family history of breast cancer, age, and other factors. Compared to those who never smoked, women who smoked for at least 35 years had a 60 percent higher risk of invasive breast cancer and more than four times the risk of colon cancer. Women who smoked for 15 - 35 years were 34 percent more likely to develop invasive breast cancer and 7 percent more likely to develop colon cancer than those who never smoked. More

Abused as Kids, Women More Likely to Abuse Partners
MedPage Today (free registration required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research finds, among adults who were victims of child abuse, women in couples are more likely than men to behave aggressively toward their partners, and also to be victims in the relationship. More

Sleep Disturbance and Depression
The Lancet (free abstract - paid full article access)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research has shown strong links between circadian disturbance and some of the most characteristic symptoms of clinical depression. More

Designer Drugs Finally Detectable With Specialty Test From Norchem
Medical New Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Through sophisticated technology, Norchem has developed a lab-based test that definitively confirms the presence in urine of many designer drugs. More

The Business of Pleasure and Pain
Psychiatric Times (free registration required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The neuroanatomical linkage that emerges from a normal part of business experience — the reaction to success and also to failure (especially if that failure happens to someone else) — is the focus of this article. More

SAMHSA Launches New Parity Website
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has launched a website dedicated to informing states, providers, and consumers about the rights and benefits afforded Americans under this new law. Click here to access SAMHSA's parity webpage.

Recovery Defined — A Unified Working Definition and Set of Principles From SAMHSA
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In August 2010, leaders in the behavioral health field, including people in recovery from mental health and addiction problems and SAMHSA met to explore the development of a common, unified definition of recovery. A working, unified definition and set of principles for recovery has been developed through this program. The development of a standard, unified working definition of recovery will help assure access to recovery-oriented services for those who need it, as well as reimbursement to providers. More

Florida Seeks End to Crisis of Babies Born to Drug-Addicted Mothers
St. Petersburg Times via The Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants to protect the youngest victims of the state's prescription drug abuse epidemic: babies born to addicted mothers. How bad is it? Statewide, an estimated 1,300 babies were treated for withdrawal in 2010, a 30 percent increase from 2009. More

Arizona Attorney General Asks Federal Judge to Assess Legality of Medical Marijuana Act
The Arizona Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to weigh in on the legality of Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act and whether those who manufacture or distribute pot under the law are subject to federal prosecution. Gov. Jan Brewer said that she directed Horne to file suit for declaratory judgment because of a letter written earlier by U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke. It is likely that she will put portions of the program on hold, pending a legal ruling. More


ASAM Online Membership Directory/DoctorFinder Feature
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Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse - Orchestrating Change

Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Current Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines and Stimulants for Patients With Substance Use Disorders

Current Options in the Management of Opioid Dependence: A Review

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