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With New Research, More Doctors Treat Addiction as a Chronic Disease
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AudioBrief Often, people with drug or alcohol problems don't get help until they end up in the emergency room or in their doctor's office for another issue. Many doctors are not trained in how to identify or treat addiction. But with new research into how it affects the brain, and with new drugs to treat it, more doctors are handling addiction as a medical problem and managing it like a chronic disease. More

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Principles of Addiction Medicine IV Released as Kindle Edition
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Principles of Addiction Medicine, Fourth Edition, the go-to textbook in the specialty field of addiction medicine, is now available on Kindle. Principles of Addiction Medicine provides the core knowledge of what constitutes addiction medicine by blending together scientific principles underlying addiction with the practical essentials of clinical addiction medicine. The Kindle Edition may be purchased on Amazon for $144.89.




A Vaccine Strategy That Induces Protective Immunity Against Heroin
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Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have developed a highly successful vaccine against a heroin high and have proven its therapeutic potential in animal models. The new study demonstrates how a novel vaccine produces antibodies that stop not only heroin but also other psychoactive compounds metabolized from heroin from reaching the brain to produce euphoric effects. More

Clinical Symptoms of Food Addiction Are Similar to Symptoms of Drug Addiction
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Research presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior suggests that people can become dependent on highly palatable foods and engage in a compulsive pattern of consumption, similar to the behaviors observed those with alcohol or drug addiction. More

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Trade Dress' Pill Rules Seen as Dangerous
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With the emergence of generic drugs, federal laws and regulations protecting the unique appearance of brand-name drug products are outdated and may be jeopardizing public health. More

Gabapentin Plus Naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence?
The American Journal of Psychiatry (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Naltrexone, an efficacious medication for alcohol dependence, does not work for everyone. Symptoms such as insomnia and mood instability that are most evident during early abstinence might respond better to a different pharmacotherapy. Gabapentin may reduce these symptoms and help prevent early relapse. More




Neuroscience of Pleasure
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AudioBrief From sex to junk food, John Hopkins neuroscience professor David Linden maps out the science of pleasure and addiction.

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Strategies to Implement Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Primary Care Settings: A Structured Literature Review
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Although alcohol screening and brief intervention reduces drinking in primary care patients with unhealthy alcohol use, incorporating SBI into clinical settings has been challenging. More

Creative Process and Psychopathology
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AudioBrief What's the connection between creativity and psychopathology? Dr. Richard Kogan, psychiatrist and concert pianist, explains how the creative mind works. In a video clip, Kogan explores the life and mind of Tchaikovsky. More



NAACP Calls for an End to the War on Drugs
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The coalition to end the war on drugs now includes one of America's most storied civil rights organizations: the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Delegates to its 102nd annual conference passed a resolution that stopped short of calling for full legalization. But it explicitly asserts "that those who are arrested for drug offenses not be sent to prison." More

Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Creating 'Recovery' High School
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Rhode Island students struggling with addiction may now attend a special high school designed to help them get clean while working toward a diploma. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed legislation into law that will create a so-called "recovery school" for students from around the state who need extra help beating their drug or alcohol habits. More

States With Medical Marijuana See a Decrease in Pot Smoking by Teens
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A study conducted by the Marijuana Policy Project in partnership with a psychology professor from the State University of New York has concluded that teen use of marijuana does not change much when a state legalizes marijuana. If anything, teenage use seems to go down. More




Screen Women for Sexual Assault
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Screening for sexual assault should be a routine component of health care for women, according to an opinion issued by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. More

Bill Removes Ipecac From Shelves in New York
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VideoBrief A bill signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes it harder for people with eating disorders to stock up on a compound that induces vomiting. The measure requires that syrup of ipecac be taken off open store shelves and be kept behind a pharmacy counter. Customers now have to ask a pharmacist or store manager for ipecac. More

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Online CME Program Features Prescribing for Tobacco Dependence
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National prescribing information for treating tobacco dependence as well as evidence-based treatment guidelines are discussed in the free online quarterly newsletter featuring a different disease in each issue. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. More



Upcoming Events

Date Event Location More Information
Aug. 3-7 IDAA Annual Meeting 2011 Tucson, AZ IDAA
Aug. 5 Reducing the Stigma of Addiction: The Addiction Performance Project Bethesda, MD National Institute on Drug Abuse
Aug. 12 The EAP and Behavioral Health Professional's Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment Minneapolis SBIRT
Aug. 15 The EAP and Behavioral Health Professional's Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment Baltimore SBIRT
Aug. 26-30 Steering the Mission Through the Challenges of Change San Diego National Association of Community Health Centers
Sept. 1-4 World Convention of Narcotics Anonymous San Diego WCNA
Sept. 6-10 ISAM Annual Conference Oslo, Norway ISAM
Sept. 17-21 National Conference on Addiction Disorders San Diego NCAD
Sept. 19-20 Connecticut Recovery Conference Mystic Seaport Region, CT Connecticut Certification Board & New England Association of Drug Court Professionals
Sept. 21-23 International Network on Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems Annual Conference and AOD-SBI Meeting Boston INEBRIA
Oct. 27-29 State of the Art in Addiction Medicine Washington, DC ASAM
Nov. 3-5 AMERSA 35th Annual National Conference Arlington, VA AMERSA
Nov. 4-6 2011 CSAM Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference Vancouver, BC, Canada Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
Dec. 2-4 Comprehensive MRO: Toxicology Testing and the Physician's Role in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Washington, DC ASAM
Dec. 8-11 AAAP 22nd Annual Meeting and Symposium Scottsdale, AZ AAAP





Upcoming Chapter Events

Date Chapter Location More Information
Aug. 26-27 Georgia Atlanta 2011 Summer Conference
Sept. 8-11 New England/Massachusetts Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 24th Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Sept. 15 Texas Austin, TX Texas Chapter Business Meeting
Sept. 16 Texas Austin, TX 4th Annual Addiction Symposium, "Walking the Tightrope of Chronic Pain Management"
Oct. 12-15 California Long Beach, CA 2011 Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference



 


Educational Resources

ASAM
Physician Clinical Support System

Families Facing Addiction
Free social networking site to unite families who are coping with the addiction of a loved one.

NIDA
Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse - Orchestrating Change

NIDA
Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Current Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines and Stimulants for Patients With Substance Use Disorders

JAAPA
Current Options in the Management of Opioid Dependence: A Review

PBS
Bill Moyers on Addiction
(5 Part Special)

Click here for more ASAM CME activities.





 
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