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Aug. 9, 2011
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The Lure of Cocaine, Once Hailed as Cure-All
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In his new book, "An Anatomy of Addiction," University of Michigan professor of medical history Dr. Howard Markel explores the intellectual mania surrounding cocaine in the second half of the 19th century. At that time, scientists in the United States and Europe rushed to understand and exploit uses of the newly introduced intoxicant. More



Journal of Addiction Medicine's Impact Factor Released
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The Journal Impact Factor for the Journal of Addiction Medicine increased 25 percent in 2009. The Journal Impact Factor is from Journal Citation Report, and is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to articles published in science and social science journals. Recently, the National Library of Medicine has accepted the Journal of Addiction Medicine for indexing and inclusion in MEDLINE. Thus, the visibility and impact of the journal should continue to increase. We congratulate our affiliate ASAM publication and the JAM editors, Drs. G. Koob, S. Miller, and M. Wunsch.

Neurochemistry of Alcohol Blackouts?
The Journal of Neuroscience (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Ethanol inhibits the induction of long-term potentiation, a cellular model for memory formation, and acute LTP inhibition by ethanol represents a form of NMDAR-mediated metaplasticity. More

Drug Addiction and Salt Appetite Linked
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A team of Duke University Medical Center and Australian scientists has found that addictive drugs may have hijacked the same nerve cells and connections in the brain that serve a powerful, ancient instinct: the appetite for salt. More


Inhibition of β-Adrenergic Receptors Induces a Persistent Deficit in Retrieval of a Cocaine-Associated Memory Providing Protection Against Reinstatement
Neuropsychopharmacology (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drug-seeking behavior is maintained by encounters with drug-associated cues. Preventing retrieval of drug-associated memories that these cues provoke would therefore limit relapse susceptibility. More

Energy Drink Use and Substance Use
Journal of Caffeine Research (open access)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is Red Bull the new gateway drug? More

Addiction Expert Designated White House Champion of Change
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President Barack Obama's father was an alcoholic whose drunken driving killed a friend and put the elder Obama in the hospital with two broken legs. That unfortunate bit of history may help explain the White House's interest in addiction, which included honoring Boston University addiction expert Daniel Alford with a visit there Aug. 5 as a Champion of Change. More

Does Rehab Work as a Treatment for Alcoholism and Other Addictions?
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Before her death, Amy Winehouse​ had cycled in and out of rehab. Many celebrities have done the same, with some having more success than others at staying on the wagon. A neuroscientist explains why traditional therapy often seems to fall short of expectations. More

Barriers High in Mental Health Care
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For mental health care, how bad are things, really? That was the question posed by a group of physicians in Boston who had found difficulties in providing psychiatric referrals for their patients. More

Physician Compensation Report
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How much do physicians earn? Which practice settings earn the most? How much time is spent with patients? Medscape's "2011 Physician Compensation Report" provides insights on current trends from more than 15,000 U.S. physicians. (Addiction medicine is not listed.) More

Federal Legislation to Extend HIT Adoption Incentives to Mental Health, Addiction Clinicians
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, has introduced the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011 to extend federal incentives for adopting health IT to mental health and addiction treatment providers and facilities. The act expands provisions in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act by clarifying the definition of health care provider in the HITECH Act to include mental health professionals, substance abuse professionals, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, residential and outpatient mental health treatment facilities, and substance abuse treatment facilities. More

New Illinois Law Permanently Revokes Sex Offenders' Medical Licenses
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure such that doctors and other health care workers convicted of sex crimes, forcible felonies or battery of a patient will be permanently stripped of their medical licenses in Illinois. The move came in response to a Chicago Tribune investigation that found predatory doctors, even those convicted of crimes, often faced little or no punishment from state regulators. In addition, health care workers with pending cases can only treat patients in the presence of another health care worker, and patients must receive written notice that makes clear the worker is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The law takes effect in late August. More

The Fix 411
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A one-stop guide to resources and links related to addiction. More


Upcoming Events

Date Event Location More Information
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

Physician Clinical Support System

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

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

Bill Moyers on Addiction
(5 Part Special)

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